Reyell leads the way for Storm
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake boys hockey team picked up a non-league win Saturday, topping Guilderland 6-3 on home ice at the Civic Center.
The Red Storm improved to 2-1 with the victory, and senior captain Austen Reyell led the way with five goals. Reyell’s linemate and fellow captain Alex Dukette netted Saranac Lake’s other goal, and Bruno Freeman recorded 22 stops to earn the win between the pipes.
Maddie LeBel netted two goals and Mike Farina scored once for Guilderland, which dropped to 1-3 overall.
Saranac Lake’s first three goals came on special teams play. Reyell netted the lone goal of the first period, firing a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle midway through the stanza that beat Guilderland goalie Allie Kelley. Saranac Lake had a man advantage on the play, and started the second period with a power play. Dukette cashed in on the chance, scoring just 24 seconds into the period for a 2-0 Red Storm edge.
Guilderland answered quickly, with Farina scoring 8 seconds later to make it a 2-1 contest. Saranac Lake then took control, netting the next goals, which were all credited to Reyell. He scored his second of the game on a shorthanded play, taking a pass from Dukette and tallying on a breakaway at the 1:53 mark. Reyell then upped Saranac Lake’s edge to 4-1 at the 11:41 mark to complete the hat trick.
LeBel scored at the 16:09 mark to cut Saranac Lake’s edge to 4-2, but the Red Storm responded in a matter of seconds, with Reyell burying his fourth of the game 9 seconds later.
Each team found the back of the net once in the final period. LeBel scored her second 6:31 into the period to make it a 5-3 score, and Reyell wrapped up a big offensive night, sending home his fifth of the game with 42 seconds remaining.
Saranac Lake finished with a 47-25 advantage in shots on goal. The Red Storm improved to 2-1 with the win.
Dukette picked up two assists in the game, and Carter Sturgeon had a big night in the win, chipping inn four assists. Rhett Darrah also recorded a pair of assists, and Ben Munn and Quin Peer added an assist each in the win.
Both teams play again today. The Red Storm hosts Johnstown, Pennsylvania starting at 1:30 p.m. Guilderland takes on Lake Placid at the Olympic Center starting at 1 p.m.