LAKE PLACID - Lake Placid's Kendra Manning scored 21 seconds into the second period to give her team a 1-0 win over rival Saranac Lake on Monday, Dec. 19 in the 1932 Rink at the Olympic Center.
The goal came on a night when finding the back of the net was difficult, despite a relatively high number of shots for Lake Placid. The Blue Bombers outshot the Red Storm, 23-12.
Both goalies played well. Saranac Lake goalie Katey Snyder had 22 saves while Blue Bombers netminder Tanner Stanton picked up her first varsity shutout after stopping 13 shots.
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Lake Placid freshman Carissa Kennedy clears the puck up-ice as Kennedy Snyder of Saranac Lake defends during the teams’ game Monday, Dec. 19 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.
"She's only an eighth-grader and she's really fit in right away in the high school league," Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber said. "She's proven that she can definitely hold her own here."
Huber said her team was excited to get the victory because the Blue Bombers have been on the wrong side of a lot of tight games recently.
"It feels really good to get another win," Huber said. "We haven't had one in a few games. Our confidence has been pretty low. We lost four games in a row by one goal and then had a really tough one against (Beekmantown). So it's nice to start digging ourselves out of the hole and start to get back on the upswing."
The Blue Bombers improved to 2-5 with the win, while the Red Storm fell to 1-6-1.
"It's definitely good to come home with the win, especially against Saranac Lake," Blue Bombers defenseman Natalia Smith said. "The last couple of games, we definitely should have came out on top, but we had trouble in the third period. We definitely outshot them and played a lot better than they did."
One of the keys for the Blue Bombers was their ability to move the puck, getting the puck out of their zone on defense and moving it across the ice on offense.
"I thought we passed the puck a lot more," Blue Bombers center Brooke Reid said. "(The passes) were more crisp and right to the player, instead of all over the place."
Huber thought the line of Reid, Manning and Emily Godin played especially well on offense. Reid and Godin were credited with assists on Manning's goal.
"Their line hustles all the time, but they were really going for the net," Huber said. "Their goalie Katey Snyder was unstoppable. She was amazing. I told our girls, with the amount of shots that we had, if their goalie wasn't so good, it could have been a lot higher-scoring game but she was really solid."
Saranac Lake coach Erin Biek said her team played well despite the loss.
"Our goalie played outstanding as usual," she said. "I thought we broke the puck out well. The passes just had a little more speed than we did tonight. We just need to put more pucks into the net. We were evenly matched. It was a good game. 1-0. Can't beat it."