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.”
Tanner Stanton, despite dealing with a leg injury, preserved the victory with 24 saves in the Lake Placid nets. Zoe Shannon stopped 15 shots for the Cadets.
Lake Placid 3, Albany Academy 2 (OT)
Albany Academy 0 2 0 0 0 — 2
Lake Placid 0 2 0 0 1 — 3
Second period- 1, AA, Haas ppg (McHale, Mulligan), 1:49. 2, LP, Whitney (Kroes, Kennedy), 1;57. 3, AA, Tulchinsky (McHale, First), 3:42. 4, LP, Dukette (Meyer, Kroes), 11:16.
Second overtime- 3, LP, Godin (Bimonte, Barney), 7:37.
Shots: Albany Academy 26, Lake Placid 18.
Saves: Shannon, AA, 15. Stanton, LP, 24.
BEEKMANTOWN 7, SARANAC LAKE 0
CHAZY — The Eagles began defense of their state title by scoring seven goals in the first two periods.
Beekmantown will remain home to play Lake Placid in the Upstate Girls’ Hockey League championship game on Friday night. The winner of that game goes to the Frozen Four in Clayton the weekend of February 7-8.
Beekmantown jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game and held a 4-0 advantage after one.
Kaitlyn Guynup and Kallie Villemaire led the way for the Eagles with two goals each, with Guynup getting her first two varsity goals.
Sydney Adolfo, Lizzie King and Amy LoTemplio also scored for Beekmantown, with King also getting her first varsity goal.
Sam Gallucci also played well for the Eagles, who held a 56-12 advantage in shots on goal. Kayleigh Bell turned aside 12 shots for the shutout in the Beekmantown nets.
Red Storm netminder Lindsey Reeve was a standout in a losing cause, turning away 49 of 56 shots.
Beekmantown 7, Saranac Lake 0
Saranac Lake 0 0 0 — 0
Beekmantown 4 3 0 — 7
First period- 1, Beek, Guynup (Carnright), 1;37. 2, Beek, Ka. Villemaire (Giroux), 2:49. 3, Beek, Adolfo (Barber, Tucker), 12;48. 4, Beek, King (Guynup), 13;59.
Second period- 5, Beek, Ka. Villemaire (Giroux), 8;44. 6, Beek, Guynup (LoTemplio, LaPierre), 10:26. 7, Beek, LoTemplio ppg (LaPorte, Ka. Villemaire), 14:22.
Shots: Beekmantown 56, Saranac 12.
Saves: Reeve, SL, 49. Bell, Beek, 12.
BEEKMANTOWN 8, SARANAC 0
PLATTSBURGH — Kyle Bisonette scored two power-play goals in the first period and the Eagles were on their way to a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference win.
Josh Barriere, Seth Holder, Nathan Foster and Ely Giroux tallied in the second period, while Foster and Brantley Marion added third-period goals.
Ben Frederick (2), Keller Kowalowski (1) and Cole Harvey (3) combined for the shutout in the Beekmantown nets with six saves.
Jeffrey Smith was busy in the Saranac nets with 39 saves.
“(Wednesday) was a good overall team win and an important two league points,” Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette said. “We were able to get our younger guys a lot of playing time and I was pleased with how they executed our systems and produced points.
“I was glad to see our two young goalies, Keller Kowalowski and Cole Harvey, do a nice job. These two young kids are going to be very good players for us and I was glad to see them get some time (Wednesday).”
Beekmantown 8, Saranac 0
Saranac 0 0 0 — 0
Beekmantown 2 4 2 — 8
Frst period- 1, Beek, Bisonette ppg (Constanty). 2, Beek, Bisonette ppg (Foster).
Second period- 3, Beek, Barriere (Constanty, Davison). 4, Beek, Holder (C. Giroux). 5, Beek, Foster ppg (Parent). 6, Beek, E. Giroux (Marion, C. Giroux).
Third period- 7, Beek, Foster (Buksa). 8, Beek, Marion.
Shots: Beekmantown 47, Saranac 6.
Saves: Smith, Sar, 39. Frederick (2), kowalowski (1), Harvey (3), Beek, 6.