Red Storm girls hockey notches first win

SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake girls hockey team picked up its first win of the season Monday with a 5-2 victory over Salmon River.

The win evens the Red Storm’s record at 1-1 after a loss last week against Lake Placid.

Saranac Lake coach Erin Beik said her team played a more complete game against Salmon River.

“I think we played three solid periods of hockey,” Beik said. “We played the whole game, whereas against Lake Placid, I feel we only played the first two, and there was a lot of lapse in the third.”

Against Salmon River, the Red Storm got on the board early in the game, taking a 2-0 lead in the first period.

McKayla Duffy scored both first period goals, while Jillian Martin picked up two assists on the goals and Madison Brown was credited with an assist on the second tally.

“My line is really working (together well),” Duffy said. “I’ve played with No. 5 Jillian Martin for quite some time, and she works really good with me. We gel pretty good.”

In the second period, Salmon River scored twice, but so did Saranac Lake to maintain the lead.

Chloe Peer picked up the first goal while Brown had the second on an assist from Cameron Snyder.

Jenny Dejong and Mallory Johnson scored goals for Salmon River.

Saranac Lake added another goal in the final minutes of the game when Kate Stevens scored an unassisted empty-netter.

Saranac Lake goalie Lindsay Reeve had 17 saves while Salmon River’s netminder Becca Leroux had 31.

The shots on goal discrepancy demonstrated how in control the Red Storm were in this matchup.

“I felt our offensive faceoffs were (good),” Beik said. “We had a lot more shots on net, and they played like a team. They played really well. They played really aggressive. It was a good game.”

The Red Storm were also able to take advantage of their deeper bench, running multiple lines onto the ice. Saranac Lake has 22 players on the squad as opposed to 11 for Salmon River. That should be an advantage for the team going forward.

“We have a big team,” Beik said. “We have numbers, so we won’t get as tired as other teams. As you saw, they had two lines, so being able to run three, possibly four lines every game is going to be nice.”

The Red Storm return to action Wednesday on the road against Potsdam at 6:30 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to this season, and I’m hoping that puts a step in the right direction,” Beik said.