They have not played in two weeks, but the Queensbury hockey team is hoping to be energized by the chance for a little payback.
The Spartans host a Division II state quarterfinal Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Glens Falls Rec Center against Plattsburgh — a team they lost to 4-3 in overtime on Jan. 5.
“That game we were leading 3-1 with 2 1/2 minutes left, so we have to finish the game this time,” Queensbury head coach Dean Williams said. “We obviously competed with them in January. I think we’re set up for a good matchup. We both definitely like to be active, both teams are skilled and fast, and we both have senior goalies who can compete.”
The winner of Saturday’s game advances to the State Ice Hockey Tournament semifinals, set for March 9 at the Harborcenter in Buffalo, against either West Seneca West or John Jay of Cross River.
Queensbury comes into the game with a 13-6-1 record after battling larger schools and merged teams all season in the Capital District High School Hockey League. The Spartans are the only Division II (small school) team in Section II, but the drawback is they have not played since Feb. 14.
The Spartans have three lines that are all getting production on offense. The top line features Jack Randall, Brendan Duffy and Trevor Vogel, who have combined to produce 67 points, including 31 goals — led by Duffy’s team-high 16, while Randall has 18 assists. The second line of Devin Salone and brothers Brendan and Camden Murphy, all underclassmen, has produced 46 points.
The third line includes veterans like Casey Moulthrop, Will Vogel and either Jared Chamberlin or Ian Miller.
“We have scoring up and down our lineup with the first two lines — we’re not depending on one person,” Williams said. “And our third line has a mix of speed and veterans. Will Vogel is a sparkplug, we get a lot of pop and energy from that line.”
Defensively, Queensbury has a good rotation of solid veterans, led by seniors Tyler Vogel and Mason Wildermuth, joined by Jimmy Fitzgerald and Brayden Ordway.
Senior Owen Smith is a four-year varsity veteran in goal, where he has an 11-4-1 record and a 2.12 goals-against average.
They face a Plattsburgh team that comes in at 16-2-4 with its first Section VII championship since 2010. The Hornets are led by senior goalie Joey Jamison and senior forward Nate Boule, who assisted on Plattsburgh’s first two goals in their 4-2 win over Beekmantown on Tuesday.