PLATTSBURGH — The LaSalle Institute boys’ hockey team used three first-period goals and held off Saranac’s late-game charge for a 5-3 nonleague win Saturday.
Shon Lilledahl, the Chiefs’ (0-1) first-year coach, said the early 3-0 deficit proved costly.
“A lot of that has to do with our youth,” Lilledahl said. “They’ve got bigger kids. A lot of those goals were just size, fighting (and) battles in front of the net. You’ve got to go with what you’ve got.”
Saranac managed to outscore the Cadets (2-1) by a 3-2 margin in the final 30 minutes.
The Chiefs received goal contributions from Luke Carpenter, Tristan Archambault and Kevin Fisher, and Lilledahl was satisfied with the effort.
“They never gave up,” Lilledahl said. “They kept going at it right to the end. That’s all I can preach to them. Play our game (and) move the puck. We don’t have a lot of size to play that physical game.
“We’ve got to pass the puck well. When we do that, the ice opens up for us and the guys play well. I saw a lot of that. It was very positive.”
While Archambault’s tally came on a point shot, Carpenter and Fisher were able to slip the puck past LaSalle Institute goaltender Kenny Joseph down low.
Lilledahl has made that a point of emphasis in the early going.
“We always preach guys in front of the net, looking for rebounds (and) screening that goalie,” Lilledahl said. “That’s where all the goals are scored — in that little 25-foot section in front of the net. That’s a hard-working area right there.”
After falling to Beekmantown 7-3 Friday, LaSalle Institute received a 40-save performance from Joseph.
Goaltender Jeffrey Smith, who attended AuSable Valley and played for Lake Placid a season ago, is now attending Peru and playing for Saranac. Smith racked up 51 saves in the two-goal loss.
The Chiefs will have three days off before a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference tilt against Northeastern Clinton Wednesday. Lilledahl hopes his team can continue to improve.
“Just learning the game, knowing how it’s going to come to you,” Lilledahl said. “Once you see how the game is played and you can visualize it, it’s actually gets a little easier. You know what to expect.
“It was a good learning experience. LaSalle is a really good team to play. Something they’re going to have to deal with — we’re a little small this year and a little younger. That team had a lot of size. It’s a good learning experience on how to deal with that.”
LaSalle Institute 5, Saranac 3
LaSalle Institute 3 1 1 — 5
Saranac 0 1 2 — 3
First period- 1, LI, Mulson (Haverty), 11:12. 2, LI, Dow (DiScanio), 11:46. 3, Gardenier (Haverty), 13:00 (PP).
Second period- 4, SCS, Carpenter (Bridgeman), 6:02. 5, LI, O’Bryan, 13:44.
Third period- 6, SCS, Archambault (Carpenter), 3:11 (PP). 7, LI, DiScanio (Dow), 3:55. 8, SCS, K. Fisher (A. Fisher), 9:37.
Shots: LaSalle Institute 56. Saranac 43.
Saves: Smith, SCS, 51. Joseph, LI, 40.
Lake Placid 6, Niskayuna/Schenectady 0
SARANAC LAKE — Winning their second 6-0 game in as many days, the Blue Bombers (2-0) claimed the 3rd Annual Casey McHugh Memorial Tournament.
Connor Preston paced Lake Placid, registering each of its first two goals and adding one helper.
“We played a pretty complete game (Saturday),” Blue Bombers coach Keith Clark said. “We played solid from the net out. Tucker (Angelopoulos) made some key saves, our defensive corps was real solid and we capitalized on good chances.”
Shane McNierney finished a five-point weekend with one goal and one assist. McNierney was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Angelopoulos grabbed his second shutout, totaling 26 saves.
“Next week, we have two tough opponents coming to town in Cortland-Homer and Mahopac,” Clark said. “These two opponents will be a solid challenge for our home-opening weekend.”
Lake Placid 6, Niskayuna/Schenectady 0
Niskayuna/Schenectady 0 0 0 — 0
Lake Placid 2 3 1 — 6
First period- 1, LP, Preston (Damp), 5:52. 2, LP, Preston (McNierney), 8:11.
Second period- 3, LP, Williams (Smith), 1:02. 4, LP, Damp (Preston), 6:45. 5, LP, McNierney (Savage), 12:09.
Third period- 6, LP, Casler (Jacques, Williams), 1:11.
Shots: Lake Placid 30. Niskayuna/Schenectady 26.
Saves: Angelopoulos, LP, 26. Blanchfield, N/S, 24.
SARANAC LAKE — The Red Storm (0-1-1) held the Spartans scoreless for 36 minutes and 10 seconds.
Dominik Monterroso’s game-winning goal, though, helped Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa slip past Saranac Lake, giving the Spartans a runner-up finish in the 3rd Annual Casey McHugh Memorial Tournament.
“We had very strong goaltending once again but were not able to get shots to the net like we anticipated,” Red Storm coach Will Ellsworth said. “Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa did a nice job backchecking and blocking shots.”
Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa managed a 32-18 advantage in shots, and Saranac Lake’s Blake Darrah made 31 saves between the pipes.
Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa 1, Saranac Lake 0
Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa 0 0 1 — 1
Saranac Lake 0 0 0 — 0
Third period- 1, BH/BS, Montererro (Andolina), 8:50.
Shots: Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa 32. Saranac Lake 18.
Saves: Koszelak, BH/BS, 18. Darrah, SL, 31.
MISSISQUIOI, Vt. — Kyler Guay and Colby Boire each scored their first-career goal, helping the Cougars (1-1) upend the Thunderbirds.
“It was a gutsy road win for us,” Northeastern Clinton coach Rob Francis. “The boys battled hard and got the win. I was pleased with the effort from the crease on out.”
Nick Palmer, Ryan Marks and Dayton Roberts also recorded tallies for the Cougars.
Anthony Piche collected 16 saves in the win.
Reece Tucker was selected as a member of the All-Tournament Team.
Northeastern Clinton 5, Missisquioi Valley 4
Northeastern Clinton 3 1 1 — 5
Missisquioi Valley 1 1 2 — 4
First period- 1, MVU, Hubbard (Blaney), 0:10. 2, NCCS, Guay (Tucker), 2:54. 3, NCCS, Palmer (Leduc), 4:14. 4, NCCS, Marks (Roberts), 7:46.
Second period- 5, MVU, Lafountain (Rainville), 4:09. 6, NCCS, Boire (Roberts, Gonyo), 13:50.
Third period- 7, NCCS, Roberts (Marks), 4:31. 8, MVU, Fournier, 6:16. 9, MVU, Rainville (Beyor), 9:28.
Shots: Northeastern Clinton 20. Missisquioi Valley 17.
Saves: Piche, NCCS, 16. Gagne, MVU, 12.
Northern Athletic Conference
MALONE — Tucker Bartenslager’s goal at 10:41 of the first period proved to be the game-winner for the Huskies (2-0).
Bailey Conklin and Loghan Harris added assists, and Joey Brown registered 23 saves in the one-goal win.
“Great job by Joey Brown,” Franklin Academy coach Kevin St. Hilaire said. “He was outstanding (Saturday). The team put forth a very gutsy effort in pulling out this win. We had a lot of scoring chances but could not bury them. (To be) 2-0 is nice. We still have work to do, though.”
Franklin Academy 1, Thousand Islands/Alexandria Bay 0
Thousand Islands/ABay 0 0 0 — 0
Franklin Academy 1 0 0 — 1
First period- 1, FA, Bartenslager (Conklin, Harris), 10:41.
Shots: Franklin Academy 32. Thousand Islands/Alexandria Bay 23.
Saves: Kearns, TI/AB, 31. Brown, FA, 23.
SARANAC LAKE — The Red Storm received their first goal of the season from Casey Sturgeon but settled for a 1-all tie with the Mohawks Friday.
“Our goalie played real well and made key saves,” Ellsworth said. “We hit the post with 10 seconds left in regulation.”
Darrah made 27 saves for Saranac Lake.
Saranac Lake 1, Niskayuna/Schenectady 1
Niskayuna/Schenectady 0 0 1 — 1
Saranac Lake 0 1 0 — 1
Second period- 1, SL, Sturgeon (Chapin, Cluckey), 4:47.
Third period- 2, N/S, Peretti (Clifford, Hunt), 6:57.
Shots: Niskayuna/Schenectady 28. Saranac Lake 20.
Saves: Darrah, SL, 27. Blanchfield, N/S, 19.
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