The teams finished the game, which was Saranac Lake’s home opener, with a score of 1-1 on a night when all the scoring was done in the final five minutes.
Saranac Lake’s Shannon Muldowney ended the scoring drought to give her team a short-lived 1-0 advantage when she found the back of the net with 4:49 left in the game. The goal came after a feed in front of the net from freshman forward Kennedy Snyder.
“It got caught in some skates and I finished it off,” Muldowney said.
At that point, the one-goal advantage seemed huge, especially because Saranac Lake goalie Katey Snyder had played so well.
But then Lake Placid caught a big break. With 1:17 left in the game, a pass crossing in front of the net hit Blue Bomber Brennan Butler’s skate and then slid past Snyder for a goal. After making so many great gloves saves throughout the night, the puck had slid between her legs.
“It was definitely disheartening a little to know we were winning and they scored in the last minute, but it’s better than a loss,” Muldowney said.
Despite that one fluke play, Snyder put on an impressive show. Only an eighth-grader, she made 27 saves on the night. Her opponent, Marinna Flagg, also played well turning away 20 shots.
“She’s incredible,” Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber said about Snyder. “We couldn’t figure out how to get one past her. She was all over everything. She has an excellent glove. She’s quick. Her angles are great. We had trouble trying to figure her out all night. We just kind of got lucky because there was a lot of confusion in front of the net and a lot of traffic.”
There definitely was more pressure on net in the final minutes for both teams as the pace of the game picked up. Both goalies had to be sharp to fend off shots.
“The players on both teams started making a bigger effort to get it to the net instead of just getting it in the zone safely,” Huber said. “Everybody was goal hungry.”
Saranac Lake coach Erin Biek agreed that there was a greater sense of urgency as the end of the game got closer.
“It’s our first home game,” Biek said. “I think they wanted to win. It meant a lot and we had an outstanding performance from our goaltender and I think that kind of got the girls going.”
Both teams returned to action on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Saranac Lake played at Canton and Lake Placid was scheduled to travel to Potsdam.
Saranac Lake is now 0-1-1 while Lake Placid is 1-1-1.
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Lake Placid sophomore Brooke Reid crashes into Saranac Lake goalie Katey Snyder during a Monday, Dec. 6 game at the Saranac Lake Civic Center.