BY MICHAEL KELLY
SCHENECTADY — While their underclassmen get up to speed, a key for the Niskayuna/Schenectady Mohawks early this season has been masking their inexperience.
In Sunday’s 5-4 overtime shootout victory against North Rockland in the consolation game of its holiday tournament at Union College, Niskayuna/Schenectady did better with the first part than the second.
“You can tell they’re new to high school hockey with how they are out there sometimes,” Niskayuna/Schenectady senior Evan Maloney said of his younger teammates.
That showed in the moments right after the Mohawks’ win. Following successful shootout turns from Niskayuna/Schenectady seniors Kevin Canty and Maloney, the latter had to wave his teammates — unsure the game had been decided — onto the ice to celebrate.
“But they all have skill,” said Maloney, who had a goal and an assist against North Rockland. “Our first couple lines are filled with sophomores.”
Head coach Sean O’Connell said the team’s youngsters have grown more confident each week, and played a key role in the team’s 4-3 start.