In the first annual Section 2 “Frozen Four”, with the semi-final games and the championship game all held at Union College, the Shen Plainsmen and the La Salle Cadets both advanced to the Section 2 championship game.
#2 Shen faced off with #6 CBA in the first game, with a 4:30 puck drop. The Plainsmen got off to a bit of a slow start, but were able to strike first when senior Hayden Haldane got behind the defense on a power play and flicked a backhander past Brothers goalie Brandon Mohrhoff. CBA took 3 penalties in the first period, and that would continue to plague them in the second. After a penalty was dished out to Mohrhoff for tripping a Shen skater after the whistle, sophomore Brennan Alheim scored to give the Plainsmen a 2-0 lead. CBA had an opportunity to get right back in it after Chris Lasher took a penalty for Shen, but Zach Rupert took the puck from a defenseman at the blue line and carried the puck all the way down the ice, forcing a wrister past Mohrhoff for a shorthanded tally to extend the lead to 3-0. A few minutes later, Jake Bundy was able to answer for CBA, poking home a puck on that same power play to cut the lead to 3-1. However, that was as close as they would get. Shen scored twice more in the third, getting goals from Alheim and Cole Haldane to seal a 5-1 victory.
(3:25) SHEN: Hayden Haldane (19) ASST: Forrest Marson (12), Adam Doescher (5)
(4:52) SHEN: Brennan Alheim (12) ASST: None
(6:08) SHEN: Zach Rupert (3) ASST: None
(6:31) CBA: Jake Bundy (4) ASST: Hunter Pemrick (9)
(11:23) SHEN: Brennan Alheim (13) ASST: Dylan Infantino (8)
(14:45) SHEN: Cole Haldane (2) ASST: None
SHEN: Jared Vandeloo 26/27, .963%
CBA: Brandon Mohrhoff 39/44, .886%
The second of two games, #1 La Salle and #4 BHBS, began at 7:15 following the Section 2 awards ceremony. La Salle got off to a quick start, getting three goals on their first six shots. BHBS goalie Trevin Tidmarsh was pulled, and sophomore Zack Maddalone replaced him. BHBS came back to control the period, outshooting the Cadets 12-6, but senior goaltender Zac Rentz was perfect in net. However, the Spartans kept the pressure on, and in the second period scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 3-2. They were outshooting La Salle by an astonishing 31-12 margin heading into the 3rd period. The Cadets got their feet under them a little bit in the third, and were able to hold off the Spartans for a 3-2 victory. LSI got two goals from Christian Rudd and one from Kevin Mainello in the win. Alec Lind and Gianni Pleminik scored for BHBS. Shots were 37-22 BHBS in the contest.
(2:50) LSI: Christian Rudd (6) ASST: None
(3:14) LSI: Christian Rudd (7) ASST: None
(3:25) LSI: Kevin Mainello (19) ASST: None
(6:51) BHBS: Gianni Pleminik (6) ASST: Noah Sinclair (2)
(13:13) BHBS: Alec Lind (16) ASST: None
BHBS: Trevin Tidmarsh 3/6, .500%
BHBS: Zack Maddalone 15/15, 1.000%
LSI: Zac Rentz 35/37, .946%