SCHENECTADY – Bethlehem won its second consecutive Section 2 Division 1 hockey title by outlasting Shenendehowa 4-2 in the championship game Sunday, Feb. 24, at Union College.
The Eagles (20-2-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on two quick goals by Michael Bievenue. The junior forward’s first goal came 22 seconds into the match and the second a little more than three minutes later. After Shen got on the scoreboard early in the second period, Bievenue struck again to put Bethlehem ahead 3-1.
Shen (16-6-1) pulled back within one goal again in the third period when Brennan Alheim tallied, but Ben LaVigne scored off a Bievenue assist to give Bethlehem the insurance goal it needed.
LaVigne assisted on two of Bievenue’s three goals, and goalie Michael Kurdziolek stopped 27 shots to propel Bethlehem into the regionals. The Eagles travel to southern New York to face Section 1 champion Suffern Saturday, March 2. Continue reading “Bethlehem outlasts Shenendehowa for Section 2 Division 1 hockey title”
Oliver Mathison scored in the third overtime to lift No. 6 Burnt Hills/Ballston spa to a 4-3 victory over No. 3 Saratoga Springs Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Section 2 Division 1 hockey quarterfinals at Weibel Avenue Rink.
Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Saratoga Springs rallied in the second period to pull even at 2-2. The two teams traded goals in the third period and then played through two scoreless overtimes before Mathison tallied the game winner.
Joe Amodio, Xavier Clarke and Will Detora scored goals for Saratoga Springs in the loss. Continue reading “Section 2 hockey: Oliver Mathison’s goal propels Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa past Saratoga in 3OT”
Capital District High School Hockey League regular season champion Bethlehem swept the top three awards when Section 2 announced its postseason all-stars Sunday, Feb. 16.
Forward Michael Bievenue won the scoring title and was named Section 2’s Player of the Year, while Michael Kurdziolek was chosen by Section 2 coaches as the Leading Goaltender. Bievenue scored 46 goals and finished with 68 points, while Kurdziolek posted a 12-2-1 record with a 2.20 goals against average and a league-leading .919 save percentage.
Kurdziolek, forward Justin Chenaille and defenseman John Thibodeau from Bethlehem were named to the All-Section 2 team, along with Albany Academy forward Anthony Sericolo, Christian Brothers Academy forward Hunter Pemrick and Queensbury defenseman Brayden Ordway.
Chenaille led the league in assists with 31 and was second to Bievenue in goals (24) and points (55), while Thibodeau topped the league in assists by a defenseman with 16. Sericolo tied Shenendehowa’s Brennan Alheim for fourth place in points with 36, while Pemrick posted 24 points for the Brothers. Ordway had the second-highest goal total for a defenseman this season with seven. Continue reading “Bethlehem sweeps Section 2 hockey postseason awards”
The Section 2 Division 1 hockey playoffs are set to begin Saturday, Feb. 16, with two opening-round games.
No. 11 Capital District (0-20-0) faces off with No. 6 Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa (10-7-3) at 5:30 p.m. at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility in Glenville, while No. 10 Adirondack (4-14-2) visits No. 7 LaSalle (7-12-1) at 7:15 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The final opening round game is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18, at the Schenectady County Recreational Facility between No. 8 GMSVS Storm (6-11-3) and No. 9 Niskayuna/Schenectady Albany (5-14-1).
Capital District High School Hockey League regular season champion Bethlehem (17-2-1) has the No. 1 seed and a bye into the quarterfinals, where it will meet the winner of GMSVS and Niskayuna/Schenectady/Albany Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Bethlehem Area YMCA. No. 2 Shenendehowa (14-5-1) and No. 3 Saratoga Springs (15-5-0) also have a bye and await the results from the opening round. No. 4 Christian Brothers Academy (12-8-0) and No. 5 Albany Academy (12-7-0) face off in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Albany County Hockey Training Facility in Colonie.
Queensbury (13-6-1) will represent Section 2 in the state Division 2 playoffs after finishing third in the CDHSHL standings during the regular season. Continue reading “Section 2 hockey: Division 1 tournament field is set”
Michael Bievenue continues to light the lamp at a high rate.
The Bethlehem junior forward scored six goals and added an assist to lead the Eagles to a 12-2 victory over the Capital District Jets Wednesday, Feb. 6, in a Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.
It was the second consecutive six-goal game for Bievenue, who now leads the CDHSHL with 45 goals and 67 points. Bievenue has scored at least two goals in seven of his last eight games and has registered hat tricks six times during this most recent stretch of games. Bethlehem’s Justin Chenaille is second in the league with 24 goals and 53 points. Continue reading “CDHSHL: Michael Bievenue adds to his scoring lead in Bethlehem’s victory”
Bethlehem’s Michael Bievenue could not be stopped as he led the Eagles to a 7-2 victory over Albany Academy Friday, Feb. 1, in a Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Albany Academy Fieldhouse.
Bievenue scorched the nets for six goals to raise his Section 2-leading goal total to 39 for the season. Justin Chenaille contributed a goal and three assists, while Ben LaVigne, William Bievenue and Connor Carroll all added a pair of assists. Goalie Michael Kurdziolek stopped 29 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory.
Dan Guy made 29 saves between the posts, while Tom McGuire and Dan Moshier tallied for Albany Academy. Continue reading “CDHSHL: Michael Bievenue scores six goals in Bethlehem’s victory over Albany Academy”
Queensbury struck four times in the first period on its way to a 5-1 victory over the Capital District Jets Wednesday, Jan. 30, in a Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Glens Falls Recreational Center.
Jimmy Fitzgerald, Casey Moulthrop and Jack Randall tallied within the first five minutes of the game to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead. Capital District goalie Philip Ryan did what he could to keep the Jets in the contest by making 51 saves, but the offense didn’t come around until the third period, when it generated 10 of the 24 total shots on goal they had.
Mason Wildermuth added a goal and two assists for Queensbury (6-3-1 league, 10-5-1 overall), while Randall and Trevor Vogel each had a goal and an assist. Robert Doyle tallied in the third period for Capital District (0-13-0, 0-17-0). Continue reading “CDHSHL: Queensbury tops Capital District, despite 51 saves by Philip Ryan”
By ROB JONAS
DELMAR – Michael Bievenue continues to be an unstoppable force of nature for the Bethlehem hockey team.
The junior recorded his fourth hat trick in his last five games and his seventh of the season in the Eagles 5-1 victory over Christian Brothers Academy Friday, Jan. 25, on “Big Orange Freakout” night at the Bethlehem Area YMCA.
“My linemates have been incredible,” said Bievenue, who leads the Capital District High School Hockey League with 31 goals and 52 points. “They helped me get these hat tricks. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
“Bievenue has by far is very talented with a very good work ethic, and when he combines that with his effort, it’s a sight to see,” said Bethlehem head coach Dylan Lappe. “I’m blessed to have him for another year.”
Bievenue got Bethlehem (9-2-0 league, 14-2-0 overall) on the scoreboard early in the first period with a power play goal. Justin Chenaille’s original shot was stopped by CBA goaltender Josh Coburn, but Bievenue was positioned perfectly between the face-off cicles to rifle home the rebound for a 1-0 lead.
Bethlehem fished for a couple more goals while killing penalties in the first period. Chenaille poke-checked the puck away from a CBA player and had an open shot on goal that Coburn knocked aside. Later on, Carroll stole the puck and skated in on Coburn, but the junior stopped that shot to keep the score 1-0 going into the first intermission. Continue reading “Scenes from the CDHSHL: Michael Bievenue’s hat trick leads Bethlehem past CBA”
Shenendehowa scored three goals in the third period to defeat Queensbury 5-2 Friday, Jan. 18, in a Capital District High School Hockey League game at the Clifton Park Arena.
Brennan Alheim and Cole Haldane each had a pair of goals and an assist for the Plainsmen (5-2-0 league, 9-4-1 overall). Goalie Kent Leighton stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced.
Brayden Ordway and Jack Randall tallied for Queensbury (5-3-0, 9-5-0), and goalie Owen Smith made 28 saves. Continue reading “Capital District High School Hockey League: Shenendehowa strikes three times in third period to top Queensbury”
Bethlehem moved back into first place with an 8-3 victory over the Capital District Jets in a Capital District High School Hockey League game Friday, Jan. 11, at the Albany County Hockey Facility in Colonie.
The Eagles (6-2-0 league, 11-2-0 overall) scored the first three goals of the game and then used Michael Bievenue’s four-goal run in the third period to put the game out of Capital District’s reach.
Connor Carroll contributed two goals and three assists for Bethlehem, which moved one standings point ahead of Albany Academy for first place. Justin Chenaille had a goal and two assists, and Ben LaVigne added a goal and an assist. Continue reading “Capital District High School Hockey League: Bethlehem skates past Capital District”