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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 17, 2011

Dutch Warriors routed by Blue Streaks in quarterfinals

By Jordan J. Michael

SARATOGA SPRINGS –– The Guilderland-Mohonasen hockey team went from an ultimate high to a definitive low in a matter of 24 hours.

After beating South Glens Falls 8 to 0 in the first round of the Capital District High School Hockey League playoffs on Monday, the Dutch Warriors traveled to Saratoga Springs on Tuesday night, getting severely blanked, 11 to 0.

“We were on the end of two different spectrums,” said Head Coach John DeRubertis after the game, not looking too miserable. “That goes to show the different levels of experience in this league. There’s a huge gap between top and bottom.”

Saratoga Springs was the number-two seed and a state-ranked team. The Dutch Warriors had lost to the Blue Streaks, 4 to 0, in the only other match-up of the season. DeRubertis had hoped before the game that his team could “scrap this out” and maybe be within one goal heading into the third period.

A harsh reality hit Guilderland-Mohonasen with about four minutes left in the first period.

Senior Dan Going scored for Saratoga, breaking the zero-to-zero tie, as he dove across the crease. Shortly after, Mike Layman skated into the zone and put a wrist shot past Mike Alsante to give the Blue Streaks a 2-to-0 lead.

The Dutch Warriors held strong for the first 11 minutes, but then the wheels came completely off. “I felt our bench deflate after the second goal,” DeRubertis said. “We haven’t really been able to come back from two goals down.”

Jamie Bartoszek and Layman added goals before the first period ended, increasing Saratoga’s advantage to 4 to 0. Layman’s goal actually came with only one second remaining on the clock. It felt like the game was already over.

“This was tough,” said senior co-captain Conor Hurley. “I have no idea how this happened, but we never quit. Saratoga is a great team.”

Hurley was pleased with Monday’s win, saying, “We came together in the end.”

The Blue Streaks continued its onslaught in the second period, scoring seven more goals. Going and Layman each got a hat trick (three goals) as the game turned into a ridiculous affair.

The third period was almost meaningless, but Guilderland-Mohonasen went out on the ice in hopes of scoring at least one goal. It didn’t come.

“Tough way to end things, for sure,” said DeRubertis. “The guys were feeling quite down in the third, but they didn’t give up another goal.”

Alsante, a senior, was pulled during the second period, but DeRubertis put him back in for the third period so he could have his final 15 minutes in goal with the team. Alsante got the Dutch Warriors through the thick and the thin this season.

“As good a goalie as there is,” DeRubertis said. “He faced a lot of open shots this year and brought the load. You could stick him on any team, but we’re glad he was with us.”

Guilderland-Mohonasen’s 6-15 record and 111 goals against won’t stand out in memories of the 2010-11 season, but the thought of one teammate, senior Dan Golderman, will.

Golderman was the back-up goaltender last year, but he came to DeRubertis in the off-season and told the coach that he wanted to skate as a forward. DeRubertis was all for the change, he said.

“He developed into a skater and competed every night,” said DeRubertis. “He ended up getting a lot of minutes and it was all really positive. He scored a goal and the team all rallied around him. It was the highlight of our season.”

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