Blue Bombers blank Shamrocks in girls hockey

LAKE PLACID – Lake Placid girls hockey coach Sandy Huber didn’t really like the way her team played during the early stages of Tuesday’s home game against Salmon River.

The Blue Bombers, however, gave their coach a strong finish.

After two scoreless periods, sophomores Sam Barney and Kylie Kroes each found the net in less than a two-minute span early in the third to lift Lake Placid to a 2-0 victory at the Olympic Center.

“We started off slow,” Huber said. “I thought we were carrying the puck well and passing well, but we weren’t getting shots.

“Fortunately, we finished off two good scoring chances in the third period,” Huber added. “Both goals were set up by nice passes. They were really pretty goals.”

Lake Placid outshot Salmon River 14-5 during the first two periods, and finally scored on its first shot of the third on a three-way passing play that started when Jayde Dukette skated the puck out of the Blue Bombers’ zone. Dukette, an eighth-grader, advanced the puck along the boards into the Shamrocks’ zone and dumped it down low to Liz Bimonte, who then slid a pass into the slot to a wide-open Barney. With plenty of time to get off a shot, Barney sent a low wrister into the net past Salmon River goalie Abby Grant.

Barney’s even-strength tally came at the 3:53 mark of the third, and Kroes followed with an insurance goal 1:59 later when the Blue Bombers were shorthanded. Kroes scored on a breakaway set up on a pass by Carissa Kennedy.

With the win, Lake Placid improved to 5-3 overall, a record which includes a 3-0 mark in league play.

Lake Placid finished the game with a 19-11 edge in shots on goal. Tanner Stanton, a sophomore, earned the shutout win in nets for the Blue Bombers with 11 saves. Grant stopped 17 shots in goal for the Shamrocks.

Lake Placid will be at home again Friday against rival Saranac Lake, with the opening faceoff at 6:30 p.m.