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SLP teams fall in tourney openers

Ithaca’s Kinsley Jacobs attempts to move the puck past Saranac Lake Placid captains Madie Gay 10 and Annabelle Bombard-Schmidt. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

SARANAC LAKE — The combined Saranac Lake Placid hockey teams both came up on the losing end of first-round tournament games played on Friday.

The girls are hosting their holiday tourney and suffered a 3-0 shutout loss to Ithaca at the Saranac Lake Civic Center, while SLP’s boys went down to a 4-1 defeat against Stowe in the first round of the Middlebury Tournament in Vermont.

In the girls’ contest, Ithaca scored one goal in each period to blank SLP and move into today’s championship game against Plattsburgh. The Hornets advanced with a 6-1 triumph over Canton in Friday’s opening semifinal matchup.

Nora Cowett, Shea Baker and Lily Joseph scored a goal each for the Little Red. Julianna Brutnell and Kinsley Jacobs chipped in single assists.

SLP out shot Ithaca 20-17 but had a tough time generating quality chances despite having traffic in front of the Little Red’s net.

SLP’s Chloe Reardon and Ithaca’s Cameron Lemberg look up at an airborne puck while Little Red goalie Catie Eisenhut follows the play. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

“I think they capitalized on their chances and we didn’t,” said SLP coach Bill Peer. “Ithaca is very good in the offensive zone and they did a

nice job finishing. We struggled around their net.”

Senior Catie Eisenhut stopped all 20 shots that were sent her way to earn the shutout in goal for Ithaca. SLP senior Brook Paries recorded 14 saves in net in the loss.

The SLP girls, who have been fairly strong on defense but have had suffered from scoring woes, fell to 2-4-3 with the loss.

SLP and Canton will tangle in today’s consolation game starting at 11 a.m. The final between the Hornets and Little Red is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

Boys game

Stowe 4, SLP 1

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Saranac Lake Placid boys hockey team lost its opening game in the Buster Brush tournament Friday, falling 4-1 to Stowe at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury, Vermont.

After a scoreless opening period the Raiders jumped ahead 1-0 with the lone goal of the second and never relinquished the lead. Stowe grabbed a two-goal edge with a tally 2:31 into the third period. Senior Dylan Amell then scored at the 10:02 mark to pull SLP within a goal. But with the clock winding down, Stowe sent two pucks into the empty net to clinch the victory.

SLP held a 35-27 advantage in shots on goal. Ethan Brown earned the win between the pipes for the Raiders with 31 saves. Brayden Munn recorded 23 stops in goal for SLP.

The loss dropped SLP to 4-2 overall. SLP plays again today in the consolation game starting at 3 p.m.

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