LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid girls’ hockey team picked up its first playoff win since the inception of the program in 2002 on Wednesday night.
The Blue Bombers, however, had to work extra hard for it.
Emily Godin’s goal with just 2.2 seconds left in the second overtime gave Lake Placid a 3-2 victory over Albany Academy in the Upstate Girls’ Hockey League semifinals.
The Blue Bombers (9-8-10) advance to the league finals at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at top-seeded Beekmantown.
“In the past two seasons, our record against Albany Academy is 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the road.” Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber said. “So, finishing the regular season in second place and having home ice was a huge advantage for us.”
Ariella Haas gave Albany Academy the lead with a power-play goal with 1:49 gone in the second period before Alexa Whitney answered for the Blue Bombers shortly after, at 1:57.
The visitors regained the lead on Natalie Tulchinsky’s goal at 3:42 and Lake Placid came back at 11:16 to tie it on Jayde Dukette’s goal.
“Earlier in the season, we had a hard time whenever we didn’t score the first goal,” Huber said. “I was proud of our girls for coming right back and not giving up both times Albany Academy scored.
“Alexa’s goal, only eight seconds after Albany’s first goal, set the tone by proving that we weren’t going to give up. That kind of determination was the key to our success (Wednesday).”
It remained tied until Godin’s game-winning marker with 7:27 gone in the second overtime.
“The game-winning goal was a perfect textbook play,” Huber said. We’ve practiced it, but we’ve never run it this smoothly until (Wednesday).
“Everyone on the ice did their job. We had a face-off in our zone and Sam Barney won it back to Carissa Kennedy, who shot it around the corner to Lizzie Bimonte on the far boards while Kiana Fell blocked her wing. Sam broke to center ice and Lizzie put it right on her stick. Sam entered the zone, did a delay to open up her other forwards and Emily went to the far post. Sam made a beautiful pass and Emily buried the puck with 2.2 seconds left.”