Press-Republican

December 23, 2012

Islanders drop Chiefs in overtime


Press-Republican

BRASHER FALLS — The breaks went against the Saranac boys’ hockey team Saturday.

The Islanders’ Sean Shepard scored with 15.8 seconds left in overtime as the Chiefs dropped a tough 1-0 decision in the consolation game of the St. Lawrence Hockey Tournament.

Evan Dier and Kyle Delaney assisted on the game-winning goal.

“One of their players crashed the net and had our goaltender pinned,” Saranac coach Ed Davis said. “(Shepard) shot the puck from the point and it went in. It was ruled that their player was pushed into the goalie, so the goal counted.”

Saranac nearly took the lead in the second stanza.

“We had a goal called back in the second,” Davis said. “The puck came loose and we scored. But it was blown dead. So technically, we could have put this one in the win column.”

The Islanders held a 40-20 advantage in shots on goal, with Chrus Strough making 20 saves for the shutout. Zach Lareau turned aside 39 of 40 shots for the Chiefs.

“The kids played well, and I was proud of them,” Davis said. “This was one of our best games of the season.

“The Islanders are a good-skating team. But our kids were able to break out of their zone well and we finally tightened things up defensively. The kids finally got it.”

Islanders 1, Saranac 0, OT

Saranac 0 0 0 0 — 0

Islanders 0 0 0 1 — 1

Overtime- 1, Isl, Shepard (Dier, Delaney), 4:45.

Shots: Islanders 40, Saranac 20.

Saves: Strough, Isl, 20. Lareau, Sar, 39.

Friday

Saranac Lake 3, Tupper Lake 3, OT

TUPPER LAKE — Elliott Fletcher’s goal with 7:58 gone in the third period pulled the Lumberjacks into a non-league overtime tie with the Red Storm.

Tupper Lake netminder Marcus Richer preserved the deadlock by making 46 saves.

Devin Roberge and Jon Kopp also scored goals for the Lumberjacks, who held a 2-1 lead after one period.

Chris Spicer tallied twice and Bradley Shumway once for Saranac Lake.

Shumway’s goal came at 5:13 of the third and gave the Red Storm a 3-2 lead. However, Fletcher pulled Tupper Lake even less than three minutes later.

Blake Darrah turned aside 19 shots for Saranac Lake, which finished with a 49-22 edge in shots on goal.

Saranac Lake 3, Tupper Lake 3, OT

Saranac 1 1 1 0 — 3

Tupper Lake 2 0 1 0 — 3

First period- 1, TL, Roberge (Fletcher, Kopp), 2:44. 2, SL, Spicer (Cluckey), 11:47. 3, TL, Kopp (Sparks), 14:57.

Second period- 4, SL, Spicer (Strack, Cluckey), 10:47.

Third period- 5, SL, Shumway (Spicer), 5:13. 6, TL, Fletcher (Guerette, Richer), 7:58.

Shots: Saranac Lake 49, Tupper Lake 22.

Saves: Darrah, SL, 19. Richer, TL, 46.