GLENS FALLS - On a day where Queensbury paid tribute to Breast Cancer survivors and victims, Danny Hobbs turned aside all shots he was faced with as the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks shut out the Queensbury Spartans 5-0.
The win kept the Blue Streaks on pace with the Shenendehowa Plainsmen for the top spot in the CDHSHL, with the two teams slated to meet next Wednesday at Weibel Avenue Arena in a game that could determine the winner of the DelVecchio Cup.
Hobbs stopped 24 saves in the shutout, 13 of which came in the 1st period as the Spartans kept the Blue Streaks off the scoreboard in the 1st period.
But Jake Fauler netted his 8th of the season off assists by Josh Dagle and JT Rafferty 2:47 into the second period to give the Blue Streaks the 1-0 lead, and then scored again nearly three minutes later to double their lead.
JT Rafferty deflected a Austin Patterson shot to extend the lead to 3-0, and Josh Dagle earned his third point of the game on the power play to give the Blue Streaks four goals in the period.
Queensbury took chances, but was unable to net a goal in the third period. Evan Conlin was pushed away by Eric Jess before he was able to get a quality scoring chance on Danny Hobbs. But Saratoga kept the play in the Queensbury zone for the most part, getting chance after chance at Otto Miller, who was replaced by Teddy Nolan in the middle of the second period.
Towards the end, the game turned a little chippy as a couple Blue Streaks went down on a scramble in front of Teddy Nolan, resulting in Zach Guzi to drop the gloves and get some shoves and punches on Trevor Metcalfe. Metcalfe refrained from dropping the gloves, then was further restrained by Teddy Nolan. Zach Guzi earned a game misconduct for fighting with 1:47 left in the third period, and was still animated as he slammed the locker room door open after being told to leave the ice.
The Spartans, whose last goal came in the third period against CBA on January 15th, fall to 4-12 on the season as they travel to Bethlehem to face the Eagles on Friday night. Saratoga will have a week off as they prepare for their second meeting with the Shenendehowa Plainsmen next Wednesday. The Plainsmen are undefeated in league play and won the first meeting at Clifton Park Arena 4-2 back in December.
It was Queensbury's annual "Pink in the Rink" event, as they honored those affected by breast cancer by wearing pink jerseys with special names/organizations on the back. At the end of the game, the Spartans gave their jerseys to those names honored on the jerseys. The night's 50/50 and "chuck-a-puck" proceeds, as well as basket raffle receipts, would be donated to the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzurne.
Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks at Queensbury Spartans
Saratoga Springs 0 4 1 5
Queensbury 0 0 0 0
1st Period: No Goals
2nd Period: Fauler (8), from Dagle (7) & Rafferty (1) - 2:47; Fauler (9), from Dagle (8) - 5:37; Patterson (1)*, unassisted - 8:18; Dagle (10) - PP, unassisted - 11:53
3rd Period: Paton (7), from Luse (5) & Russel (4) - 6:31
* - Scoresheet indicates Patterson was credited with the goal, however, the shot was deflected in by JT Rafferty on the far post.