SARANAC LAKE — Eddie Kane scored two goals and assisted on two others Saturday as Lake Placid defended its championship in the Casey McHugh Memorial Hockey Tournament with a 5-4 victory over Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa at the Saranac Lake Civic Center.
The Blue Bombers (2-0) held a 4-2 lead after one, with Kane scoring twice and R.J. Reid and Nzoni Thompson one each.
There was no scoring in the second period, and the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Keegan Barney, gave Lake Placid a 5-2 advantage early in the third.
Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa made it a little interesting by closing to within a goal with 1:12 left in regulation.
“We scored most of our goals in the first period, but I thought we played better in the second and third periods where we controlled the puck,” Lake Placid coach Keith Clark said.
“We were able to win the tournament for the second year in a row, and it’s a good start to the season for us. But we still have some things to work on.”
The Blue Bombers held a wide 42-20 shot advantage, and Tucker Angelopoulos was in net for the win with 16 saves.
Nick Van Liew scored two goals for Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa, while Justin Andoligia and Trey Swingruber each tallied once.
Ben Koscelak (9) and Austin Clark (28) combined for 37 stops for the visitors.
Saranac Lake 6, Niskayuna-
Despite a four-goal lead through the first 9:33, Saranac Lake needed a Grant Strack game-winning goal in the third period for a 6-5 defeat of Niskayuna/Schenectady.
Quinn Urquhart, Bradley Shumway and Strack each contributed in the first-period scoring barrage before the Mohawks (0-2) scored consecutive unanswered goals in the final 3:04 of the opening stanza.
The Red Storm (1-0-1) responded when Blake Battistoni extended the differential to two goals with a marker of his own at the 3:13 mark of the second period.
However, the lead was short-lived.
Joshua Kim, Lucas Maloney, who recorded a hat trick in the contest, and Jake Miller ignited a spark to tie the game at five a piece.
After cycling the puck in the corner, Strack ripped a low, hard shot that went underneath the blocker of Mohawks goaltender Spencer Moran to garner the hat trick.
Blake Darrah was credited with the win between the pipes for Saranac Lake, fending off 25-of-30 shots on goal.
Lake Placid 5, Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa 4
Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa 2 0 2 — 4
Lake Placid 4 0 1 — 5
First period- 1, LP, Kane (Strack, Damp), 1:41. 2, LP, Reid (Thompson, Kane), 3:42. 3, BH, Andoligia, 3:49. 4, BHBS, Van Liew (Delarocha), 5:08. 5, LP, Thompson (Kane, Barney), 13:17. 6, LP, Kane (Strack, Thompson), 13:30.
Third period- 7, LP, Barney, 3:11. 8, BHBS, Swingruber, 4:42. 9, BHBS, Van Liew (Grabb, Campbell), 13:48.
Shots: Lake Placid 42, Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa 20.
Saves: Angelopoulos, LP, 16. Koscelak (9), Clark (28), BHBS, 37.
Saranac Lake 6, Niskayuna-Schenectady 5
Niskayuna-Schenectady 2 2 1 — 5
Saranac Lake 4 1 1 — 6
First period- 1, SL, Urquhart (Strack, Shumway), 3:42. 2, SL, Strack (Bayruns, Shumway). 3, SL, Shumway (Urquhart), 7:13. 4, SL, Strack, 9:33. 5, N, Maloney (Carrigan, DiVietro), 11:05. 6, N, Maloney (Fiore), 11:49.
Second period- 7, SL, Battistoni (Urquhart, Huyck), 3:13. 8, N, Kim, 11:56. 9, N, Maloney (Peretti), 12:39.
Third period- 10, N, Miller (Kim, Miller), 2:11. 11, SL, Strack (Battistoni), 12:39.
Shots: Saranac Lake 30, Niskayuna-Schenectady 24.
Saves: Darrah, SL, 25. Moran, N, 18.