HATS FOR GEIGER

La Salle se­nior Se­bas­tian Geiger nets hat trick in 5-2 up­set win over Al­bany Academy

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By Joe Boyle [email protected]­i­tal­first­media.com Sports Ed­i­tor

TROY, N.Y >> Af­ter La Salle se­nior Se­bas­tian Geiger scored two goals against CBA on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 6, La Salle Head Coach Tim Flani­gan had a pretty blunt mes­sage for him.

“I said to him that next time you score two, you bet­ter get the hat trick,” said Flani­gan. “We moved him up to for­ward a few weeks ago and he has done a great job. He’s a big body and he’s got a good sense around the net.”

Geiger took Flani­gan’s ad­vice to heart as he racked up a hat trick Satur­day on Se­nior night when La Salle up­set the Cap­i­tal Dis­trict High School Hockey League third place team in Al­bany Academy 5-2

“All of the se­niors got a point tonight and it feels good to get a big win with all of us on the board,” said Geiger. “It was big to get a nice win against them on our Se­nior night in an awe­some game.”

Along with Geiger’s three goals, se­nior Tay­lor Nitz and sopho­more Bren­dan Witte each tal­lied goals of their own. Jack O’Bryan as­sisted on two goals and Spencer Car­pen­ter con­trib­uted an as­sist of his own.

“Al­bany Academy is a ri­val of ours in a lot of sports,” said Flani­gan. “And it was se­nior night. Our team has been play­ing re­ally well over the last month, we let a cou­ple of those games slip away, and tonight I thought the kids did a great job.”

La Salle put pres­sure on Al­bany Academy and put it on fast. Just 41 sec­onds into the game, Geiger tal­lied his first goal of the game on a bouncing puck in the slot. Geiger’s size let him mus­cle his way to a po­si­tion to score.

Al­bany Academy re­sponded nearly four min­utes later with a goal of their own from Anthony Seri­colo.

The teams took the 1-1 tie into the sec­ond pe­riod, and that is where the phys­i­cal­ity of the La Salle team ap­peared.

As both teams be­gan to play more and more phys­i­cal, it be­came ap­par­ent the refs were go­ing to let the game play out. At 13:04, Geiger scored his sec­ond goal. A strong shot from just in­side the cir­cles slipped un­der Al­bany Academy goalie Dan Guy’s glove. Geiger’s goal gave La Salle a lead they would not give up for the re­main­der of the game.

The sec­ond pe­riod con­tin­ued with both teams play­ing phys­i­cal. Al­bany Academy very clearly wanted to set up traf­fic in the mid­dle of the ice and con­tin­ued to force the puck there, but the La Salle de- fense stood stal­wart in the at­tempts.

“They got a lot of pres­sure on puck and caused turnovers,” said Flani­gan. “For the most part I thought it was a very clean game, a tight check­ing game. I thought the ref­er­ees called a very good game.”

Tay­lor Nitz had a break­away chance to end the sec­ond pe­riod, but his op­por­tu­nity missed the net, send­ing La Salle to the locker room with just the one goal lead.

Al­bany took the ice in the third mo­ti­vated to break the La Salle de­fense and were vis­i­bly frus­trated. They con­tin­ued to battle the whole pe­riod, but op­por­tu­ni­ties con­tin­ued to es­cape them.

Witte scored at the 8:18 mark in the third off of a Guy re­bound. Witte had the open net as he gath­ered the puck and buried it.

Witte’s goal came just sec­onds af­ter a hit be­hind the Al­bany Academy net that could have pos­si­bly been clas­si­fied as a board­ing or from be­hind hit. But, the ref­er­ees stayed con­sis­tent and let the game play it­self out.

Al­bany Academy, un­der­stand­ably frus­trated, be­gan to pres­sure more and more, with noth­ing com­ing.

Fi­nally, at 4:40 re­main­ing in the game, a penalty on La Salle gave Al­bany a chance to gen­er­ate some of­fense, and gen­er­ate they did.

Just five sec­onds into the power play, Con­nor Mom­row buried the puck into the back of the net, a pos­si­ble mo­men­tum swing for Al­bany Academy had fi­nally risen thanks to the power play chance.

With the goal, Mom­row now has 23 points on the sea­son. Just sec­ond on the team be­hind Seri­colo, who has 33.

La Salle did not let the Al­bany mo­men­tum last long. Just 28 sec­onds af­ter the power play goal, Nitz got his re­demp­tion and scored.

Af­ter a Geiger empty net­ter to com­plete the hat trick and a scuf­fle born out of frus­tra­tion, La Salle earned the Sec­tion II win on Se­nior Night.

Fol­low­ing the game, Al­bany Academy Head Coach Dave Rider com­mended La Salle’s great ef­fort on the night.

“Ev­ery game is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, we’ve been learn­ing as we are go­ing,” said Flani­gan. “I think to- night ev­ery­thing came to­gether and the kids played re­ally well. They played ag­gres­sive and we got a good out­come.”

La Salle is back in ac­tion on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 12 when they travel to Glens Falls to take on Adiron­dack. Al­bany Academy hits the ice Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 13, against Queens­bury in Glens Falls.

“We’ve been play­ing well. We played well against Burnt Hills and won. We played well against Beth­le­hem and lost. They were one goal games go­ing into the third pe­riod,” said Flani­gan. “We are right there. I told the kids we need to keep be­liev­ing in what we are do­ing and in each other and play with con­fi­dence and we will turn it around. Tonight was great.”

BY JOE BOYLE [email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM @BOYLERALERTTROY ON TWIT­TER

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