LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack women's hockey team scored the first two goals of the contest in the opening period Sunday and never looked back on the way to defeating Western New York, 4-2, for the gold medal at the Empire State Winter Games.
Danielle Lennox, of Lisbon, and Monique Rafferty, of Saratoga Springs, scored 2:25 apart in the opening frame to give Adirondack the early advantage in a contest dominated by goaltending.
Katie Stack, of Batavia, responded for Western New York just 30 seconds into the middle period to bring her team within a goal. But an unassisted marker by Christin Powers, of Canton, at 5:13, followed by a Stephanie Holmes tally at 2:21 of the third, gave Adirondack a three-goal cushion.
Adrianna Roggop of the Long Island team skates past a defender and crashes the net while Adirondack goalie Amanda Durrer holds her ground during Saturday’s game at the Olympic Center’s USA Rink. Adirondack won the game 9-1 and then went on to defeat the Western squad Sunday to claim the gold medal.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Holmes, of Lake Placid, was assisted by Lennox, who was joined in the tournament by her daughter Mackenzie. It marked the first time in ESWG women's hockey history that a mother-daughter combination had been on the ice together. The duo collaborated on a scoring play in Saturday's tournament action.
Sarah Hannon, of Lackawanna, scored as time expired for the ESWG silver medalists.
Adirondack's Chantel Johnston, of Canton, had 22 saves, while Western New York's Ashley Schneegold, of Tonawanda, recorded 24 stops.
New York City 6, Long Island 2
LAKE PLACID - New York City broke open a tight women's hockey game with four unanswered goals in the third period to defeat Long Island 6-2 on Sunday to capture the bronze medal at the Empire State Winter Games.
With the score tied 2-2 entering the final stanza, New York City's Adela Ibric, of Manhattan, nailed the game-winning goal, assisted by Sarah Newman early in the period. It was Ibric's second goal of the contest.
The bronze medalists put four shots behind Long Island goaltender Christina Johnston in a 5:40 span of the final period to seal the victory.
Stephanie Couzin also scored twice for the winners. Newman had a goal and an assist, while Alexis Moed contributed two assists.
Long Island got goals from Christina Ciccone and Maryann Knott.
Goaltender Ashley Walenty, of Lake Placid, backstopped New York City with 14 saves.
WILMINGTON - Slopestyle was among the new events of the 2012 Empire State Winter Games. Slopestyle competitions judge a skier or snowboarder on the difficulty of a trick while getting the highest amplitude off the jumps.
The beautiful sunny day at Whiteface Mountain gave all the athletes the right vibe for the competition that was held in the Brookside terrain park.
Among 13- to 15-year-old scholastic skiers in the male category Will Goody, of Queensbury, won a gold medal with a final result of 7.4 points. Silver medalist Jake Wenn, of Jay, was right behind with a score of 7.3. With a score of 6.77 Erik Sparkowski, of Keene, received a bronze medal.
Jason Castle was victorious in the skier boys' 16-18 category with a final result of 8.23 putting him in first place. Peter Palumbo, of Gansevoort, beat out Oliver Holmes, of Saranac Lake, for the silver with a score of 7.77. Holmes had a final result of 6.47.
Caitlyn Shabloski received the gold medal with a score of 2.33 in snowboard girl's 13-15 category. Hannah Finicle, of Bay Village, was a gold medalist with a score of 3.73 in the snowboard girl's 16-18 scholastic division.
In the snowboard open-class ladies Carly Harrington, of Buffalo, won the gold after being given a final tally of 5.0.
Donny Malone, of Saugerties, finished with a 2.7 gaining the gold medal in the snowboard open class division.
The snowboard boys 13-15 scholastic division saw Josh Boise, of Plattsburgh, win the gold with a score of 8.67. Daniel Badgley, of Owls Head, received the silver medal with a final result of 7.63. Bronze medalist, Robbie Knab, of Marcy, had a score of 6.5. Dylan Dalmata, of Johnstown, finished in front of the snowboard boys' 16-18 scholastic with a score of 7.73. Romano Meza Leal, of Lake Placid, followed behind receiving silver with a score of 5.0.
LAKE PLACID - Like the sport of boxing, Sunday's junior bobsledding event divided the competitors into lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions.
Team Van Hass took gold in the lightweight category with four trips down Mount Van Hoevenberg that totaled 3 minutes, 20.23 seconds. Comprised of Becca Hass, of Fair Haven, and Bailey Van Ness, of Lake Placid, the winners were second after the first heat, but dominated the final three runs with the best times in each.
Cool Runnings had the early advantage, but Noah Sweeney and Daryl Hillman, both of Whitehall, were overtaken and settled for the silver medal in 3:20.64. Night Train, a name borrowed from the 2010 Olympic gold medal winners, saw Lake Placid sledders Bryan Bryne and Patrick Quinn take bronze in 3:24.75.
Stars and Stripes came from behind to grab the title in the middleweight class. The sled, with driver Brandon Ruocco, of Jay, and Chris Roy, of Lake Placid, was second after two of four heats, before improving their starts in the last two runs for a winning time of 3:14.28.
Second place went to Maroon Lightning with Whitehall athletes Miranda Bascue and Jacob Gregory. The midway leaders finished four runs in 3:14.71.
Bronze medalists were the East Syracuse's Odyssey with Caitlin Gagen piloting and Amy Loder on the brakes. They rallied from fifth place early in the race and gained speed consistently before recording a final time of 3:18.74.
The Red Devils raced to gold among the heavyweights. Hunter Church, of Cadyville, and John Andre, of Saranac, won three of the four individual legs and registered a collective time of 3:12.13.
Silver medalists were Saranac Lake's Red Team with Zoe Tyler and Nick Sweeney in 3:14.22.
Team Yesterday was the bronze medal winner with Killian Ryan, of Saranac Lake, and Gabe Woodward, of Gabriels, aboard. Their four-run aggregate totaled 3:15.32.
Virtually every junior sled bolted through the radar gun in excess of 50 miles per hour.
LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid's own Lauren Salter used her home track advantage to win gold on Friday at Mt. Van Hoevenberg during the Empire State Winter Games women's skeleton race. She had the best two runs, totaling 1 minute, 55.18 seconds.
Clocking a top speed of 68 miles per hour, Salter dominated with the fastest start and finish times of both heats. Her times were 57.47 and 5771 seconds.
On the overcast day, Salter beat Veronica Day, also from Lake Placid, by 0.53 seconds.
The silver medalist raced twice down the 20 curve track and totaled 1:55.71, 0.53 seconds behind Salter. Bronze medalist Samantha Culiver, of Scottsdale, Ariz., had a time of 1:56.72.
PAUL SMITHS - The Empire State Winter Games snowshoeing competition came to Paul Smith's College and the VIC on Saturday when uncooperative weather forced the event from Saranac Lake.
Males and females raced in seven divisions at the 5-kilometer distance, with Rae Tobey, of Cazenovia, winning the girls' 15-19 age group. She covered the 5 kilometers in 27 minutes, 51 seconds. Hannah Riordan, of Nassau, was the silver medalist in 29.33, with Lea Anthony, of Paul Smiths, taking bronze in 39.58.
Tobey won a second gold medal when she raced to the head of the field in the 800-meter event.
Caleb Strong, of Victor, took the men's 50-64 year old age group in 24:24. Doug Hazelden, of Bloomingdale, was runner-up in 24:37, with Robert Kowalik, of Akron, in the bronze medal position in 30:43.
Strong was another multiple gold medalist when he, too, won the 800 meter.
Paul Smith's student Eric Kowalik won the men's 20-34 age race in 23:21. Derek Scott, another Paul Smiths racer, was second in 27:17, with Taylor McKenna, of Lake Placid, the bronze medal winner in 33:49.
The 14 and under boys event went to Ryan Clemente, of Clifton Park, in 27:15.
Anthony took the silver medal behind Tobey in the women's 800-meter 19-and-under division. Tobey's winning time was 4 minutes, 5.9 seconds, while Anthony clocked 4:52.82. Amara Steenburn, of Claverack, was the bronze winner in 5:19.96.
Ben Palladino, of Paul Smiths, took the men's 19-and-under race in 3:23.48. Eric Hulbert, of Mexico, was the silver medalist in 3:29.32. The bronze went to Llwellyn Palmer, also of Paul Smith's, in 3:38.12.
Strong's 800 victory also came in the 50-64 age group. He was timed in 3:37.74. Hazelden was next in 4:04.02l, with Kowalik third in 4:28.49.
The biggest field of the day was found in the 400 meter sprint. David Kucia, of Paul Smith's College, bested seven others in one minute, 20.71 seconds. Hulbert won another silver medal in 1:27.13, while Clemente registered 1:32.25 for the bronze medal.
Hazelden, Strong and Robert Kowalik placed 1-2-3, respectively, in the 400 sprint for 50-64 year olds, while Steenburn, Tobey and Anthony finished in that order of the women's 400 in the 19 and under age group.
WILMINGTON - Whiteface Mountain held the ski and snowboard cross competition Saturday afternoon on Wolf and Wolf run as part of the the Empire State Winter Games. Ski and snowboard cross courses require that the competitor to negotiate a hill that includes natural terrain, as well as rolling terrain, jumps, banks and tabletops.
Brian Corcoran, of Northport, came in second in the time trial but won the boys' 13-15 Scholastic skiing competition. The time trial is part of the elimination that takes place before the finals and is used to determine start positions on the grid. The silver medalist was Erik Sparkowski, of Keene, and the bronze medal winner was Jake Wenn, of Jay.
In the boys 16-18 age group, Josh Nixon, of Saratoga Springs, received the gold medal and came in first place in both the time trial and the finals. Following him was silver medalist Peter Palumbo, of Gansevoort, and bronze medalist Sam Johnston, of Rockport, Canada.
Matt Brady, of Burlington, Canada, won the men's open class skiing competition. KC Brousseau, of Saranac Lake, came in first place in the time trial but took the silver medal in the finals. The bronze medal went to Ed Sparkowski, of Keene.
Skier Shannon Corcoran, of Northport, won the girls' 16-18 Scholastic competition, while Zoe Tyler, of Saranac Lake, came in second.
In the boys snowboarding competition, ages 13-16, Robbie Knab, of Getzville, came in first in the time trial and duplicated that in the finals. Second was Griffin Haines, of Oakville, Ontario, who outraced bronze medalist Ricky Hardman, of Central Square.
Snowboarder Jonathan Wallace, of Canandaigua, Ontario, won the gold medal in the men's 16-18 scholastic competition. Trailing behind him was Pete Mueller, of Lakewood, and coming in third was Brandon Rasmussen, of Cornwall-on-Hudson.
In the open class men snowboarding competition, the gold medal winner was Donny Malone, of Saugerties, who came in seventh place in the time trial, but upset the field in the finals to win the gold medal. Shawn Howard, of Gansevoort, came in second place while Charlie Breest, of Lindenhurst, was third.
In the girls' snowboarding competition, ages 13-15, Patty-Joe Goodwin, of Haines Falls, won the gold medal, and Caitlyn Shabloski, of McKean, won the silver medal.
In the women's race, ages 16-18, Hanna Finicle, of Bay Village, won the gold medal.
The open class women's snowboard race was won by Carly Harrington, of Buffalo, who took the time trial and then went on to collect the gold medal. Jennifer Hawkrigg, of Toronto, won the silver medal and Abigail Haines, of Oakville, claimed bronze.
LAKE PLACID - Luke Daniels and Karl Schulz were double gold medalists Saturday in Nordic competitions at the Empire State Winter Games, winning in special ski jumping and also captured the Nordic combined competition.
In brilliant sunshine, Daniels, of Loudon, N.H., flew 50 and 50.5 meters off the 48 meter hill en route to his J2 victory. They were the two best flights of the day. The winner had 238.9 total points for distance and style. Miles Lussi, of Lake Placid, sailed to a silver medal with a pair of 48.5 meter attempts for 229.7 points. The bronze medal went to Matt Doyle, of Salisbury, Conn., who matched Lussi's jump distances, but totaled 223.7 points.
Daniels' jumping, combined with his 5-kilometer skiing, enabled him to win a second gold medal in the Nordic combined at the Olympic Jumping Complex outside Lake Placid.
The J3 competition on the 48 meter hill saw Schulz, of Lake Placid, take his first gold medal. Landon Liverari, also of Lake Placid, was a close second and collected the silver, with A.J. King, of Salisbury, Conn., picking up the bronze medal.
Schulz won his gold medal in Nordic combined jumping from the smaller 18 meter hill, together with a three kilometer cross country ski race. Trent White was second and Brian Byrne finished third. White and Byrne are also from Lake Placid.
Parker Haynes, of Eaton, N.H. flew 47 and 47.5 meters for 201.2 points enabling him to win the gold medal in the open 48 meter division. Sam Shapiro, of Hanover, N.H., was the silver medalist, with Duncan Cromwell, of Center Cromwell, N.H., taking the bronze.
Annie Frenette, of Saranac Lake, was the winner in the women's 48, also on the 48 meter hill, with jumps of 38.5 and 39 meters.
The J4 Nordic combined race saw another trio of young Lake Placid athletes atop the podium. Beckett Ledger secured a gold medal jumping from the 18 meter hill, with a three kilometer ski race.
Silver medalist was Scott Schulz, with Matt White settling into the bronze medal position.
SARANAC LAKE - Dewey Mountain outside of Saranac Lake held the ski-orienteering competition on Saturday for the Empire State Winter Games. Ski-orienteering is a combination of cross-country skiing and its physical endurance along with navigational skills as the race is unfolding.
In the male junior category Tyler Koziol, of Buskirk, outraced his brother Travis for the gold with a time of 1 minute, 1:08 seconds to cover the 3-kilometer race. Travis Koziol had a time of 1:13:24.
In the female veteran category Nancy Allen, of Plattsburgh, finished four seconds ahead of Susan Hawkes-Teeter, of Berne, covering the 5.6-kilometer race with a time of 1:32:09.
Pavel Korniliev, of Corning, won the male open category negotiating the 9.6 kilometer course three seconds ahead of David Hunter, of Lake Placid, for the win with a time of 1:05:09.
The sun was shining on Dewey Mountain as male scholastic competitor, Brian Chrzan, of Clifton Park, won in a time of 41:15 on the 3.0 kilometer track. In the male master category Doug Swank, of Malta, completed the 5.6 kilometer race in 45:12 for the victory.
Sarah Duclos, of Clifton Park, competing in the Female Scholatic finished the 3-kilometer course in 47:49. In the female open competition Janet Findlay, of Lake Placid, covered the 9.6 kilometers with a time of 1:23:35. Ellie George, of West Charlton, raced the 5.6 kilometers in 1:13:48 for a gold metal in the female master category.
In the male veteran division Philip Hawkes-Teeter, of Berne, was timed in 1:04:23 in winning the 5.6 kilometer event. Male grandmaster Len Cormier, of Plattsburgh, finished the 3.0 kilometer race in a gold metal time of 56:49.
And in the female junior category, Amy Duclos, of Clifton Park, stopped the clock in 35:51 for a victory in the 3-kilometer event.