It was rivalry week on the ice, and what a week it turned out to be as teams from Lake Placid and Saranac Lake went at it in two exciting games that went into overtime.
Both contests took place on the Red Storm's home rink at the Civic Center, and the girls took the stage first in a game held Tuesday. After dominating their way to a 5-0 shutout victory over Saranac Lake at the Olympic Center earlier this season, the Blue Bombers got all they could handle the second time around.
But again, the outcome still favored Lake Placid, as Carissa Kennedy netted the game-winner with just 14 seconds remaining in sudden-death to lift the Blue Bombers to a 2-1 triumph.
Saranac Lake junior goalie Blake Darrah focuses on the action as teammates defend in the Red Storm’s zone during Wednesday’s game at the Saranac Lake Civic Center.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Saranac Lake grabbed the first lead in the game when Kate Stevens scored midway through the second period. Lake Placid tied it up on a goal early in the third period by Kendra Manning and then won it late on Kennedy's on-the-money shot.
Lake Placid improved to 7-2-1 and is scheduled to play at Alexandria Bay today. The Red Storm fell to 2-7-2 with the setback, but rebounded Thursday, rallying from a three-goal deficit to defeat Canton 5-4.
Saranac Lake's girls will be at home for their third start in a row, taking on Massena Monday with the opening faceoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
In front of packed stands, the Blue Bombers and Red Storm boys met for the first time this season on Wednesday in a thrilling matchup that ended in a 2-2 deadlock. The game was a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference matchup that left both teams with a 1-1-1 record in league play.
After a scoreless opening period, Lake Placid struck first in the back-and-forth game when senior Eddie Kane found the back of the net 6:35 into the second stanza. The next two goals belonged to Saranac Lake, with Quinn Urquhart scoring 40 seconds after Kane's goal, and Brad Shumway tallied on the power-play 2:02 into the third period.
Trailing 2-1, Lake Placid got the equalizer off the stick of Dillon Savage, who is one of two Blue Bombers players who attend AuSable Valley High School.
Lake Placid left the ice with a 7-2-1 overall record while Saranac Lake's mark moved to 3-2-3.
The two teams will meet up again the Olympic Center in February, but there are a slew of important games on tap for both squads before their rematch. Wednesday will be another important evening of action in a tight CVAC race with the Blue Bombers and Red Storm both hosting formidble opponents. Lake Placid will take on Plattsburgh while Saranac Lake entertains the Beekmantown Eagles.