Hoosick Falls boys shut out by Chatham
Although Hoosick was shut out 3-0 on Tuesday, the rematch did represent a positive step for Hoosick Falls.
Hoosick kept the game close for the first 40 minutes, playing Chatham to a tie through the first half. Chatham controlled the ball throughout the first half, but it was the tough on-ball defense from the back line that kept Hoosick Falls in the game.
Hoosick coach Tim Ossont was happy with the effort his defense showed to slow the opposing attack.
"They're a very possessive team, so you let them pass in the midfield and then once they get a little bit closer you apply a little more pressure," Ossont said of the defensive strategy Hoosick Falls employed. "You just keep them in front. If they're in front of you, they're not behind you and they can't score."
"We didn't really have a special strategy to slow them down," added senior defenseman Ryan Landry. "We just knew we had to stay in front of the ball and contain like we do against any other team."
While the first half provided a strong statement for Hoosick, the second half showed some cracks in its defense. Chatham forward Patrick Devine, who consistently controlled the ball throughout the game, found the back of the net seven minutes into the second half. Chatham added another goal six minutes later and then added a final insurance goal by forward Garner Boshart with seven minutes remaining.
Hoosick Falls' best chance to score came late in the second half when Landry booted a ball from well outside the box that ended up going off the Chatham crossbar.
The game may have ended with the same result for Hoosick, but Ossont, was impressed with how much better his team played against Chatham compared with its previous matchup.
"We played so much more controlled," Ossont said. "We took control of possession, whereas down there they brought the game to us, instead of us taking it to them. It was a big change this time around."
At halftime, Hoosick Falls honored its seven seniors — Tanner Cahill, Landry, Anthony Amidon, Cole Cipperly, David Everard, Andrew Stevens and John Reynolds — with flowers and a photo with their loved ones. Tuesday was the last home game the group will play in their Hoosick careers.
Ossont believed the leadership this group showed was very beneficial for the team throughout the season.
"They were our leaders. It's always tough to replace your seniors no matter what," Ossont said. "We had one kid who was a first-timer who ended up being a decent leader for the most part. It's tough to lose seniors and have to figure out how to replace them."
Hoosick Falls dropped to 3-12 with the loss and will finish out the regular season Thursday afternoon against Mechanicville. The game is set for 7 p.m. at Mechanicville High School.
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