PLATTSBURGH — Saranac boys’ hockey coach Ed Davis likes to keep it as a team effort rather than to single out individuals.
Davis, however, had no choice Friday night.
Zach Lareau made 59 saves as the Chiefs battled Niskayuna-Schenectady to a 2-all overtime tie in non-league action at Plattsburgh State’s Stafford Ice Arena.
“Zach was definitely the star of the game,” said Davis. “That was the best game I’ve ever seen him play.”
Kyle Erickson scored two goals for the short-handed Chiefs.
The first came at 14:05 of the first period and was assisted by Tristan Archambault and Jeremy Barber. The second was scored at 5:20 of the second and assisted by Archambault to make it 2-0.
But Niskayuna rallied to tie it after two when Ben Fisher scored at 6:35 and Evan Maloney with just 20 seconds left in the stanza.
“Niskayuna plays real well, cycling down low,” said Davis. “We had only 13 players tonight, with our team leader Matt McCasland not available. The kids fought hard and I’m proud of them.
“But we were getting tired in the third period and in overtime. They had 22 shots on goal in the third period alone. Still, I saw a lot of good things from our team.”
The Chiefs will next play in the St. Lawrence Central Tournament.
Niskayuna 2, Saranac 2, OT
Niskayuna 0 2 0 0 — 2
Saranac 1 1 0 0 — 2
First period- Sar, Erickson (Archambault, Barber), 14:05.
Second period- 2, Sar, Erickson (Archambault), 5:20. 3, Nisk, Fisher (DiVietro), 6:35. 4, Nisk, Maloney (Carney, Carrigan), 14:40.
Shots: Niskayuna 61, Saranac 29.
Saves: Moran, Nisk, 27. Lareau, Sar, 59.
Northwood Prep 3, Saranac Lake 1
SARANAC LAKE — Ian Nathan and Josh Williams scored second-period goals to lift the Northwood Prep high school level team to a non-league win over the Red Storm.
Ethan Sawyer, with Chris Spicer assisting, gave Saranac Lake the lead with three minutes gone in the first period.
But Nathan tied it at 8:40 of the second and Williams put Northwood ahead to stay with just one second left in the stanza.