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.
Dustin LaValley added an empty-net goal with nine second remaining in regulation.
Cory Leonard made 10 saves in net for Northwood and Blake Darrah stopped 24 shots for the Red Storm (1-2-1).
“We’ve been battling illness and injuries,” said Saranac Lake coach Will Ellsworth. “We had a light bench tonight.
“Their first goal was a short-handed goal off a turnover. The second goal came with one second left in the period. You’re not going to win hockey games with the opposition scoring goals like that. I felt our kids had a lackluster performance tonight.”
Northwood Prep 3
Saranac Lake 1
Northwood Prep 0 2 1— 3
Saranac Lake 1 0 0 — 1
First period- 1, SL, Sawyer (Spicer), 3:06.
Second period- N, Nathan shg, 8:40. 3, N, Williams (Ja. Farmer), 14:59.
Third period- N, LaValley shg, 14:51.
Shots: Northwood Prep 26, Saranac Lake 11.
Saves: Darrah, SL, 24. Leonard, N, 10.
BFA-ST. ALBANS 2, BEEKMANTOWN 2
ST. ALBANS, Vt. — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team held a huge 32-5 advantage in shots on goal Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, however, it didn’t translate on the scoreboard as the hosts prevailed in a shootout in the opening round of the BFA-St. Albans Tournament. The two teams battled to a 2-all draw through regulation and a five-minute overtime as the game officially goes into the books as a tie.
“We won last year in a shootout and they returned the favor this year,” said Beekmantown coach Ray Guay.
Danielle’s Schreiber’s goal with 1:05 left in regulation pulled BFA-St. Albans into a 2-all tie to force overtime. The tourney hosts then tallied the lone goal in the shootout to prevail.
Ashley Terry’s power-play goal, with Lauren O’Connor and Amanda Peterson assisting, gave the Eagles to lead at 5:21 of the second period. But Erin Shuttle tied it for BFA-St. Albans shortly after, at 5:47.
It stayed tied at one until Peterson’s unassisted goal lifted Beekmantown into a 2-1 lead at 9:58 of the third.
“They were in the right place at the right time for their goals,” said Guay. “We played hard. We played very good defense and kept the pressure on them.”
Kayleigh Bell made three saves in the Beekmantown nets and Shanley Horigan was the star of the game with 30 stops for BFA-St. Albans.
“She played a great game,” said Guay.
The Eagles (4-0-1) play Essex, Vt. today at 11:30 a.m.
BFA-St. Albans 2,
Beekmantown 2, OT
(BFA-St. Albans wins, 1-0, in shootout)
Beekmantown 0 1 1 0 — 2
BFA-St. Albans 0 1 1 0 — 2
Second period- 1, Beek, Terry ppg (O’Connor, Peterson), 5:21. 2, BFA, Shuttle (Chadwick), 5:47.
Third period- 3, Beek, Peterson, 9:58. 4, BFA, Schreiber, 13:55.
Shots: Beekmantown 32, BFA-St. Albans 5.
Saves: Bell, Beek, 3. Horigan, BFA, 30.