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Blue Streaks hockey makes two easy wins on way to home closer against Shen

February 4, 2014 by Justin Penman and Eli Fisher

Saratoga goalie Danny Hobbs '16 blocks the goal during the first period of the Queensbury game.

Saratoga goalie Danny Hobbs ’16 blocks the goal during the first period of the Queensbury game.

As the Blue Streaks boys basketball team was across town beginning a game they would ultimately lose to Shaker, the hockey team was on their way to their second win in a row, against Queensbury by a 6-1 margin, on Friday night. The weekend before that, they ended a three-game losing streak with a 5-0 road win against Niskayuna/Schenectady in which goalie Zack Jones ’14 played the whole game with 22 saves. Jones has played in seven games this season, four of which he played the entire game, for an overall 89% save rate, topping the other three Saratoga goalies.

Even with these wins, though, Saratoga (9-5-3) still lags behind the section-topping Shenendehowa team (11-5-1), who they tied 3-3 in December and will play on Wednesday (snow date Thursday) in the Blue Streaks’ final home game of the season.

“I think we could be in better position right now,” said Saratoga head coach Dave Torres. “We’ve had some letdowns. We had some ties we probably should have won. But we learned from every tie, and we moved on.”

Blue streaks forward Cam McCall ’15 said of the Queensbury game, “We played awesome team defense, didn’t let up at shot in the first period, we shot the puck and got great chances.” He assisted Jack Rittenhouse ’15’s third-period goal during the game. “Also, we communicated really well, we were talking all the time,” McCall added.

Queensbury definitely came back strong in the third period, as starting goalie Danny Hobbs ’16 saw only four shots in the first two periods, but was replaced by Ryan Paton ’14 in the final period, during which Queensbury peppered Paton with seven shots. He saved all but one, a blue-line shot from Queensbury’s Ricky Conklin ’15.

After the lone first period goal, scored by Jake Fauler ’17 on power play, which Fauler called “all luck,” the Streaks posted two more midway through the second period, the first by Fauler assisted by Grayson Rieder ’14 and the second by JT Rafferty ’15.

“Isaac [Fisher ’14, Saratoga defenseman,] dumped the puck in and Fauler flew by the d[efense], I saw him and slowed my speed. He came around the net and hit me with a pass that went five-hole,” said Rafferty, who remains the team’s leading scorer, describing his goal.

“We had great teamwork and everybody contributed,” said Torres of the Queensbury game.

In the Niskayuna game, Rafferty and Drew Patterson ’14 both netted two goals, while Grayson Rieder ’14 had one. Brendan Coffey ’16 and Rieder each assisted on two scores while Elliott Hungerford ’16 and Jones were both credited with one assist.

“We’re looking forward to playing them. It should be a good show. I’m sure my boys will bring their best,” said Torres of the Shenendehowa game, which is also Senior Night for the Blue Streaks.

Box scores with stats
Niskayuna (Jan. 24)
Queensbury (Jan. 31)

Saratogian coverage
Niskayuna (Jan. 24)
Queensbury (Jan. 31)

Saratoga Wire coverage
Queensbury (Jan. 31)

Saratoga's Grayson Rieder '14 (#17) checks a Queensbury player during their game Friday.

Saratoga’s Grayson Rieder ’14 (#17) checks a Queensbury player during their game Friday.


Saratoga's Drew Patterson '14 (#14) prepares to pass to Elliott Hungerford '16 as Queensbury's Ben Willows '15 attempts to intercept the puck.

Saratoga’s Drew Patterson ’14 (#14) prepares to pass to Elliott Hungerford ’16 as Queensbury’s Ben Willows ’15 attempts to intercept the puck.


Saratoga defenseman Nick conchieri '14 skates past a Niskayuna/Schenectady player.

Saratoga defenseman Nick conchieri ’14 skates past a Niskayuna/Schenectady player.


Saratoga defenseman Nick Conchieri '14 makes a pass during the game against Niskayuna/Schenectady.

Saratoga defenseman Nick Conchieri ’14 makes a pass during the game against Niskayuna/Schenectady.


Niskayuna/Schenectady goalie James Blanchfield '16 after making a save during the game against Saratoga on Jan. 24.

Niskayuna/Schenectady goalie James Blanchfield ’16 after making a save during the game against Saratoga on Jan. 24.


Queensbury's Michael Aarons '14 (#18) tries to get the puck from Saratoga's Zach Guzi '15.

Queensbury’s Michael Aarons ’14 (#18) tries to get the puck from Saratoga’s Zach Guzi ’15.


Saratoga's Grayson Rieder '14 (#17) chases the puck next to several Queensbury players.

Saratoga’s Grayson Rieder ’14 (#17) chases the puck next to several Queensbury players.


Saratoga's Nick Conchieri '14 (#13) scuffles for the puck as Queensbury's Ben Willows '15 (#25) looks on.

Saratoga’s Nick Conchieri ’14 (#13) scuffles for the puck as Queensbury’s Ben Willows ’15 (#25) looks on.


Saratoga's Elliott Hungerford '16 and QUeensbury's Connor Tuttle '16 fight for the puck in the 2nd period of Friday's game, the highest-scoring one for the Blue Streaks.

Saratoga’s Elliott Hungerford ’16 and QUeensbury’s Connor Tuttle ’16 fight for the puck in the 2nd period of Friday’s game, the highest-scoring one for the Blue Streaks.


Queensbury goalie Teddy Nolan '16 readies to block a shot from behind.

Queensbury goalie Teddy Nolan ’16 readies to block a shot from behind.


Saratoga defenseman Ian Frey '15, center, skates down the ice during the game Friday against Queensbury.

Saratoga defenseman Ian Frey ’15, center, skates down the ice during the game Friday against Queensbury.


Saratoga's Grayson Rieder '14 breaks ahead with the puck during the second period on Friday.

Saratoga’s Grayson Rieder ’14 breaks ahead with the puck during the second period on Friday.


The Saratoga team high-fives Drew Patterson (and others not pictured) after his second period assist

The Saratoga team high-fives Drew Patterson (and others not pictured) after his second period assist


A puck sits just inside the Queensbury goal after they were taking shots during a timeout.

A puck sits just inside the Queensbury goal after they were taking shots during a timeout.


Saratoga's Cam McCall '15 (#16) loses the puck to Queensbury's Connor Tuttle '16 (#20) as Elliott Hungerford '16 (#26) comes in to help.

Saratoga’s Cam McCall ’15 (#16) loses the puck to Queensbury’s Connor Tuttle ’16 (#20) as Elliott Hungerford ’16 (#26) comes in to help.


Queensbury's Evan Conlin '15 and Saratoga's Elliott Hungerford '16 race for the puck as it moves behind the Queensbury net during the third period.

Queensbury’s Evan Conlin ’15 and Saratoga’s Elliott Hungerford ’16 race for the puck as it moves behind the Queensbury net during the third period.


The blue Streaks unsuccessfully crashed the net during the third period.

The blue Streaks unsuccessfully crashed the Queensbury net during the third period.


Saratoga's Jake Fauler '17 (#21) creeps up the boards towards Queensbury's Ben Willow's '15 during the third period. Fauler scored two goals during Friday's game.

Saratoga’s Jake Fauler ’17 (#21) creeps up the boards towards Queensbury’s Ben Willow’s ’15 during the third period. Fauler scored two goals during Friday’s game.


Queensbury's Shay Bendedetto '15 (#23) takes the puck into the Saratoga end during the third period, chased by Saratoga's Drew Patterson '14.

Queensbury’s Shay Bendedetto ’15 (#23) takes the puck into the Saratoga end during the third period, chased by Saratoga’s Drew Patterson ’14.

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