TUPPER LAKE — Christin Powers’ goal with 2:52 left in the third period Sunday led Adirondack to a 4-3 triumph over Western New York in the gold medal game of the women’s ice hockey tournament at the Empire State Winter Games.
The goal by the Canton resident decided a close game at the Tupper Lake Civic Center after Western rallied with two goals in the third period to tie the score. Adirondack finished with a 4-1 record and avenged its only loss of the tournament.
Powers finished with two goals and an assist and Andrea Kilbourne-Hill, the 2002 Olympian from Saranac Lake, had a goal and two assists.
Adirondack started the scoring late in the first period with a goal from Powers followed by a goal from Kilbourne-Hill with :29 remaining.
The Western team answered at 4:01 into the second period when Maggie Giamo of Orchard Park scored on Adirondack goaltender Christina Emery of Chazy. Thirteen seconds later, Adirondack’s Alley Bero of Akwesasne scored to restore the two-goal advantage..
Western came back late in the third period, Katie Stack of Corfu scored a goal with 4:43 left and Shawnee Oberholtzer of Middleport followed with a goal with 3:32 remaining to tie the score.
Less than a minute later, Power delivered the game-winner for Adirondack.
David Hunter of Lake Placid and Stina Bridgeman of Canandaigua were the open division winners in ski orienteering. Hunter took the men’s title by five minutes over Sergey Dobrestrov of Penfield. Daniel Westerberg was third. Bridgeman was the women’s titlist more than six minutes ahead of Janet Findley of Lake Placid.
Alex Zamojski of Skaneateles swept all four distances in the scholastic men’s division in the long track speed skating races.
Skating on the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid, Zamojski was a comfortable winner in the 500-meter 1000-meter, 1500-meter and 3000-meter races. Following Zamojski was Fletcher Codd of Niagara Falls, who was second in the 500, 1000 and 3000. Adam Horeth of Rochester was second in the 1000.