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.
In the women’s scholastic division, Esther Munoz of Lake Placid took first place in the 1000, 1500 and 3000, while Molly Turco of West Rutland, Vt. took first in the 500. Katy Toth of Stephentown was the runner-up at all four distances.
Freestyle cross country
Scott Schulz, of Lake Placid, picked up his third medal of the Winter Games with a victory in the 5-kilometer freestyle cross-country ski race at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Schulz had already earned a gold medal in the 2.5K freestyle cross-country race and a silver medal in ski jumping.
With a time of 20 minutes and 26 seconds, Schulz was the overall winner and won the Under 14 division. Jesse Izzo of Lake Placid took second overall and in the U14 category with 22:49. Seamus Tomb from North Creek was seventh overall and earned third in the Under 14 group at 24:00.
In the women’s competition, Jackie Garso of Lake Clear took first place in the U16 division with a time of 25:06. Garso was followed by Emily Cromie of Gloversville in 27:21.
Owen Putman of Round Lake took first in the men’s U16 division and third place overall behind Schulz and Izzo with a 23:18. He was followed by David Benson from Crown Point, who finished in 23:46, and Antonino Manzella of Queensbury in 23:50.
Corey Brousseau of Saranac Lake finished first in the Open Skier Men’s division in the Empire State Winter Games Boardercross at Whiteface. A total of 70 competitors participated.
Sam Johnson of Rockport, Ontario won the Skier Men 19-and-over division. Finishing behind Johnson were Jonathan Ruhl of Ridgewood, N.J. and Edward Sparkowski of Keene.
20K cross-country skiing
Jan Wellford of Keene was the overall winner and Rosanne Van Dorn of Lake Placid the top women’s finisher in the 20-kilometer cross-country skiing race. The event at the Olympic Sports Center at Mount Van Hoevenberg drew 39 competitors.
Wellford finished with a time of 58 minutes, 33 seconds to place first in the M1 division (masters, ages 30-34). Matthew Torniainen of Fultonville followed closely, trailing Wellford by 18 seconds, in 58:51, to win the M2.
Robert Underwood of Kattskill Bay was the leader in M5 with a 1:04:28. Todd Rayne of Clinton was first in the M6 category with a time of 1:15:18. Mark Paprocki of Irondequoit topped the M7 category, finishing with a time of 1:14:42. Chris Beattie of Lake Placid was the M8 (ages 65-69) winner in 1:20:49 and Matti Torniainen of Gloversville, the lone competitor in the M9 (ages 70-74), and finished with 1:39:08.
Van Dorn was the women’s leader and won her M3 category with a time of 1:12:50. Division winners were: Gabbi Rodbell of Scotia (U18) 1:18:04, Amanda Zullo of Saranac Lake (M1) 1:21:40; Jill Koziol of Buskirk (M3), 1:28:48; Nancy Rayne of Clinton (M5), 1:44:03; and Jennifer Woltjen of Endicott (M6), 1:55:32.
The Ice Works IceBreakers of Syosset finished first in the Beginner 2 Synchronized Skating competition. Finishing second were the Bluewater Blades of Skaneateles and taking third place was The Cutting Edge of Syracuse.
In the 15-19 women’s division, Amara Steenburn of Claverack took first in the 400 and 100 meter but was bested by Chloe Mattilio in the 800. Mattilio, a Paul Smiths native, also took second in the 400 and third in the 100. Nicole Landry of Paul Smiths was second in the 100. In the 800, Corrie Desilets and Lauren Brieant, both from Paul Smiths, took second and third.
The 15-19 men’s division had a rotating cast of winners and athletes who placed. Matthew Williams, Nicolas Pendl and Louis Ferrone, all from Paul Smiths, and Eric Hulbert of Mexico, NY took the top positions in the three races. Williams led the 100 and 400. Ferrone took third in the 800 and 100. Pendl took second in the 400 and first in the 800. Hulbert took second in the 100 and the 800 and was third in the 400.
Lea Anthony of Paul Smiths won the 800 and was second in the 100 and the 400 in the 20-34 women’s competition. Gillian Wright of Schroon Lake won the 400 and took third in the 100. Christina Peterson of Paul Smiths won the the 100 and was third in the 400.
In the 20-34 men’s events, Eric Kowalik and Llew Palmer of Paul Smiths were the top two finishers for all three races. Kowalik won the 400 and 800 while Palmer took the 100.
Alan Cushman from Cicero won all three of the 35-49 men’s races and Diane Olivo of Rochester swept the three 50-64 women’s events.
David Meola and Gabriella Vasile won the Empire State Winter Games Alpine slalom races Sunday at Whiteface Mountain.
Meola, a student at the Northwood School in Lake Placid, had the best times in each of the two men’s runs, 41.47 seconds and 44:98, for a combined time 1:26.45 to best this Northwood
teammate Jordan Roney of Laurel Springs, N.J. Third was Jeffrey Swagler of East Rochester, skiing for Bristol Mountain. Roney was second in the first run and fifth in the second, while Swagler was fourth in the first run and second in the last run.
Vasile, a Bristol Mountain skier from Webster, had the two fastest runs in the women’s race for a combined time of 1:33.72. She was nearly a second faster than runner-up Sheila Decker of Saranac Lake, a member of the New York Ski Foundation team at Whiteface. Sabrina Easton of Hunter Mountain was third.