Mohawks hockey tops North Rockland

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BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

— 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.

At right, Niskayuna/Schenectady's Evan Maloney celebrates the game-clinching shootout goal during a Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 hockey game at Union College in Schenectady. Maloney scored on North Rockland's Kenny Hoppe, at left. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

At right, Niskayuna/Schenectady’s Evan Maloney celebrates the game-clinching shootout goal during a Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015 hockey game at Union College in Schenectady. Maloney scored on North Rockland’s Kenny Hoppe, at left. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

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.

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About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.