Fast-starting Lakers upend SLP

Saranac Lake Placid’s Rylee Preston (7) clears the puck away from Rebecca Cain of the Lakers while Dariana Patterson attempts to help out on defense for SLP. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — Giving up two early goals got the best of the Saranac Lake Placid girls hockey team Friday in a 2-1 home loss to unbeaten Skaneateles.

Senior captain Megan Teachout netted both goals for the Lakers, starting with the first of the game that came with just 32 seconds gone in the opening period. Teachout then tipped another puck into the net 5:43 into the game, and that score held up as the winner. Leading 2-0,

Skaneateles held on as SLP turned things into a close contest down the stretch.

Maddie Gay netted SLP’s lone goal, banging home a loose puck midway through the second period to cut the Lakers’ edge to 2-1. Neither team, however, could come up with another goal the rest of the way as Skaneateles improved to 6-0 overall.

Saranac Lake Placid fell to 3-4 with the setback, but coach Bill Peer said Friday marked the first time this season that an opponent was able to stay close to the Lakers, who have won four of their six games by shutouts.

Makeda Thompson skates the puck out of SLP’s defensive zone during the third period of Friday’s game. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

“Not a good start. We gave up two goals in the first six minutes of the game and that was it,” SLP coach Bill Peer said. “We played well. We had a couple chances, and I thought our goalie did a nice job keeping us in it at times. I think from an effort level, this was our best of the season so far. A good effort against a very good team.

“They have some very good players. I think they’ll be in it right at the end in terms of state level play,” Peer continued. “They have already put 37 goals up this year. We have to be quicker to the point, we have to get the puck out of our zone quicker. We can’t get stranded in our zone. There were some times when we just got stranded along the wall, couldn’t get it out. We’ve been working on that in practice. We’ll continue to work on that and get better.”

The Lakers held a 38-20 advantage in shots on goal. Olivia Ferebee, a seventh-grader, sparkled in nets for SLP and finished with 36 saves. Evie Sheridan made 19 stops to earn the win in goal for Skaneateles.

Gay’s goal came from in close and was assisted by Makeda Thompson and Syndey Dann.

Skaneateles head coach Andy Rozak said he liked how his team started Friday’s contest.

Olivia Ferebee makes a save for Saranac Lake Placid during the opening period of Friday’s game against Skaneateles. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

“The last couple days we’ve been talking about trying to get off to a better start,” said Rozak, whose Lakers bowed out in the state semifinal round a season ago. “We really focused on trying to get going right from the drop of the puck, and it showed today. We got a couple quick ones.

“Defensively, we’ve done a good job of not allowing too many shots and not giving up goals,” Rozak added. “On the flip side, we’ve got some timely goals.”

Teachout’s first goal of the game was unassisted. Lizzy Sachar and Sophia Burns picked up assists on the Laker’s second tally.

Both teams will be back in action today at the Saranac Lake Civic Center. Skaneateles will take on Franklin Academy starting at 11 a.m. Saranac Lake Placid and Oswego then clash with the opening faceoff slated for 1 p.m.

“This was a high-energy game,” Peer said. “We have to come back ready to play tomorrow.”

Saranac Lake Placid junior Maddie Gay, left, celebrates her goal with teammates, including Syndey Dann (20), midway through the second period. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Skaneateles 2,

Saranac Lake Placid 1

Lakers 2 0 0 — 2

SLP 0 1 0 — 1

Scoring

First Period

1. SK, Teachout, :32; 2. SK, Teachout (Sachar, Burns), 5:43.

Second Period

3. SLP, M. Gay (Thompson, Dann), 7:31.

Shots on goal: Skaneateles 38, SLP 20

Saves: SK, Sheridan 19, SLP, Ferebee 36.

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