It was a battle two of the top teams in Section II with LaSalle undefeated and Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa coming off an epic overtime road win against No. 10 ranked Bethlehem on Friday, so Saturday was guaranteed to have it’s own style of fireworks.
The coin the age-old phrase ‘They didn’t disappoint. The fans got their money’s worth and more.’ All the cliche’s
Here’s the link to the Troy Record story.
Of course there was more to the night than that, Lasalle took six penalties on the night, giving the Spartan/Scotties opportunities to take advantage, but also put themselves at a disadvantage when senior Gianni Plemenick received a four-minute major and a DQ for, of all things, a headbutt midway through the second period.
Watching Plemenick’s reaction to the DQ was pretty entertaining, but when you look at the score sheet and see ‘headbutt’ it’s not something you see often.
To Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s credit, senior sniper Geordan Buffoline scored a short-handed goal during the man-disadvantage to bring the Spartan/Scotties back within a goal, 4-3 in the second period.
The fun continued during the second intermission when the home rink hosts its fan-favorite Chuck-A-Puck fundraiser. The only problem is was that LaSalle was stuck on the ice.
At the Schenectady County Recreational Facility netting protects the entire spectator area from the glass to the rafters so the galvanized rubber prize toss towards center ice has to occur on the team bench side of the rink. The challenge is that teams have always (from my memory of almost two decades) used the entrance closest to the home locker rooms. The Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake coaching staff was quick to have their squad exit quickly and told the referees to instruct LaSalle to exit in the opposite corner.
As one coach said, ‘They’ll figure it out.”
Let’s just say no one on LaSalle got the memo.
Your visual is the entire Cadet hockey team along with the referees waiting to get off the ice, all the local fans crowding the door to get their chance to throw their puck from the team bench area. It was like heading up the Northway at 5 p.m. on a Friday night.
LaSalle coach Tim Flanigan wasn’t happy with the progress and made his way past his entire squad and the referees to find out the hold up and was greeted by the locals sans torches and pitchforks.
Flanigan wasn’t thrilled with the situation and let the fans along with Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa assistant coach Tim Brisley know it who was near the usual exit. Some words were exchanged, some people moved, shoved or politely stepped aside and the Cadets were finally on their way to the locker room.
When play resumed, the infraction wasn’t forgotten as both teams made every check count. The Spartan/Scotties couldn’t convert in the final two minutes during a power play and subsequent pulling of goalie Trevin Tidmarsh, losing 5-4 and splitting the weekend.
As big as the win was, Tim Flanigan played down the win, rankings and undefeated status in the Troy Record while Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa’s Jim Buffoline talked about the disappointing loss in The Saratogian.
Until next time, enjoy the game.