Spartans topple SLP boys hockey
LAKE PLACID — After competing in a two-game tournament on the road, the Saranac Lake Placid boys’ hockey team kicked off its third game in a row at home on Sunday.
However, things didn’t go so well for SLP. The team suffered a 9-2 setback to the Williamsville North Spartans at the Olympic Center’s USA Rink.
The loss dropped SLP’s record to 1-2 to start the season, after splitting its two games in the Bill Corbett Tournament in Potsdam. The team fell to Oswego 9-5 on Friday in its first game of the season and defeated Fulton 12-5 on Saturday.
Williamsville North, which competes in Section VI, was strong offensively, scoring three goals in each period. The team finished with a 39-20 edge over SLP in shots on goal in the game.
After giving up three goals in the first period, SLP finally broke through when Drew Ferebee scored with around five minutes and 30 seconds left in the period. Ferebee’s goal was set up on a cross-crease pass by eighth-grader Carson St. Louis, who threaded past two Spartans defenders before making the pass to Ferebee.
SLP’s second and final goal of the game was scored by Brady Tremblay on the powerplay with less than a minute left in the game. The senior forward collected a rebound in front of the net before scoring. The goal was set up by Evan Willett and Nick Munn.
The Spartans had eight different players score a goal, with Dom Marranca being the only player to net two goals. Marranca’s first goal of the game came just 26 seconds into the opening period when he stole the puck in SLP’s defensive zone before scoring on a 1-on-0 chance with SLP’s freshman netminder Scottie Nicholas.
Nicholas turned in a brilliant effort in the loss, recording 30 saves. The Spartans goalkeeper Ben Matesic finished with eight saves in the two periods he played, while Evan Frier entered the game in the third period and had 10.
After playing three games in a row, SLP will take a week-long break before returning to the ice against Northeastern Clinton next Tuesday. The game will be played in the Olympic Center’s 1980 Herb Brooks Arena at 7 p.m.