Blue Bombers’ hockey sweeps weekend games
LAKE PLACID – Players on the Lake Placid boys hockey team didn’t get a chance to win their school’s annual winter carnival hockey tournament over the weekend after the winter storm that rolled through the Adirondacks and New England forced the traditional event to be canceled this year.
The Blue Bombers, however, definitely made the most out of the situation by claiming a weekend sweep of rescheduled games with wins on Saturday and Sunday. In Olympic Center matchups that were pushed back a day due to the weather, Lake Placid routed rival Saranac Lake 8-1 on Saturday in a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference game and followed with a 4-3 triumph over state-ranked Shaker-Colonie Sunday.
Senior Eddie Kane had a huge weekend, pacing Lake Placid with six goals including four against the Red Storm. In that game, the teams played scoreless hockey in the first period and the Blue Bombers then erupted for six goals in the middle stanza. Lake Placid netted five unanswered goals to take a 5-0 lead, and after Quinn Urquhart put a puck in the net for Saranac Lake, the Blue Bombers tacked on three more down the stretch to round out the scoring.
Troy Jacques also scored a pair of goals against Saranac Lake, while Dillon Savage and Nzoni Thompson added a goal each. Lake Placid held a 25-12 edge in shots on goal. Tucker Angelopolous made 24 saves to earn the win in net for the Blue Bombers, while Blake Darrah and Justin Farmer split time in goal for the Red Storm and combined for 17 saves.
“It was a big win in a lot of ways,” said Lake Placid head coach Keith Clark. “Not only did we beat our rival, but it was an important league win and we are looking to host a playoff game.
“We really had an explosive second period,” Clark added. “The kids generated a lot of offense and it was nice to see them put a lot of pucks in the net.”
After topping Saranac Lake, the Blue Bombers notched a second win in as many days by rallying twice to beat Shaker-Colonie, which headed into the game ranked 13th in the New York State Division I poll.
The Jets took a 2-0 lead in the opening period on goals from Mike Mineau and Jeff Bink, and Ryan Damp then came up big for Lake Placid, scoring both goals for his team in the second period to forge a 2-2 tie. Jordan Vertrone then lifted Shaker-Colonie back into the lead, scoring at the 9:32 mark of the second to give the Jets a 3-2 edge heading into the third period. Kane then came through the the tying and winning goals, which both came late in the game. He knotted the score with a power-play tally at the 11:21 mark, and then buried his second of the contest with 1:22 left on the clock to give the Blue Bombers the victory. The game-winner was Kane’s 25th goal of the season.
Keegan Barney, Connor Preston and Noah Mohr picked up an assist each for Lake Placid, and Jeff Smith made 31 saves to earn the win in nets.
“In the first period, I think we looked like a team that had beaten Saranac Lake 8-1 the day before,” Clark said. “Shaker-Colonie is a physical, good-skating team, and after the first period, we stepped up our level of competing. It was one of those things where our kids were really happy after the game, but they were also pretty beat up. It was a tough, physical game, and I really liked our kids work ethic in the second and third periods. They were rewarded for playing hard.”
With Saturday’s win, Lake Placid improved to 4-3-1 in the CVAC, and after Sunday’s victory, the Blue Bombers overall record now stands at 12-4-2. Saranac Lake dropped to 3-4-1 with the loss and 6-7-4 overall.
Lake Placid has two more league games left before the playoffs, starting with Wednesday’s home matchup against Northeastern Clinton, which is slated to begin at 6 p.m. Saranac Lake will also be at home Wednesday, taking on Plattsburgh in CVAC action with the opening faceoff set for 6:30 p.m.