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Rivermen win CDHSHL championship game

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The Adirondack Rivermen pose with the plaque after winning the Capital District Hockey School Hockey League championship game last Saturday.

CLIFTON PARK — Ben Di Fiore made 32 saves in a shutout effort as the Adirondack Rivermen beat Shenendehowa 4-0 on Saturday night to win the Capital District High School Hockey League championship game.

Four players scored goals as the Rivermen claimed their first league title as a combined team. The game also served as the Section II championship.

“The biggest thing I was concerned about was we weren’t going to have a season,” coach Mike Di Fiore said. “We have a special group. They came in thinking they were the best team. Our kids were convinced this was their year.”

The Rivermen got on the board first on Daalten DeMarsh’s early first-period goal, then made it 2-0 when Nate Scarincio scored with 3:14 left in the period. After a scoreless second period, Nick Parker and Tyler Carruthers scored goals to lock up the win.

“Every goal tonight was like, hey, that’s how we drew it up in the drill,” coach Di Fiore said.

Ben Di Fiore, the coach’s son, turned in an outstanding performance in goal as the Rivermen posted their first shutout of the season.

“He was very focused,” coach Di Fiore said. “The kids in front of him let him see the shots. Ben handled his rebounds very well, and our team ‘D’ did the job and we cleared the zone.

“(Ben has) always been determined. I know so far this year we haven’t seen his best. He just wanted this game ... his teammates wanted the game.”

The Rivermen posted a win on the final day of the regular season to earn the second seed for the playoffs. They beat Albany Academy 8-3 in the quarterfinals and defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa 7-1 in the semifinals.

The Rivermen are a combined team based at the Glens Falls Recreation Center serving Glens Falls, South Glens Falls, Hudson Falls and Warrensburg. Previous to this team, Glens Falls competed as a single school, winning state Division II titles in 1990 and 1991.

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