SLP boys drop two tourney games

LAKE PLACID — The Saranac Lake Placid boys hockey team dropped back-to-back games in the Lake Placid Winter Carnival tournament this past weekend at the Olympic Center’s 1932 Rink.

SLP kicked off the tournament on Friday with a 7-4 loss to the Northeastern Clinton Cougars. On Saturday, the team was defeated by the Franklin Academy (Malone) Huskies 7-2 in the tournament’s consolation game. The Aquinas Institute Little Irish won the tournament after defeating the Cougars 11-7 on Saturday.

The Huskies dominated from start to finish in the consolation contest, scoring at least two goals in each period against SLP. Brock Spaulding paced Malone with a hat-trick. Gavin Charland, Tristan Russell, Elijah Henning and Jake Kaska scored one goal each. The Huskies outshot SLP 44-18.

Kellan Duffy scored one goal and had one assist for SLP. Freshman Carson St. Louis also scored, while Ethan Knight, a sophomore, had one assist.

Sophomore Scottie Nicholas had a solid outing for SLP, recording 37 saves in net. Malone’s Eli Charlano had 16 stops.

Malone’s Kaska opened the scoring 7 minutes into the first period before Henning extended his team’s lead to 2-0 in the final minutes of the period.

In the second period, the Huskies converted on a pair of goals to push the score 4-0. Duffy netted SLP’s first goal at 13:36 into the middle period, however, Malone responded less than a minute later on a shot from Spaulding.

While trailing 5-1, St. Louis riffled in a powerplay goal from the point to bring the game with three, but the Huskies answered with a pair of goals to close out the game.

The SLP boys, which dropped to an overall record of 3-11.

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