MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — It wasn’t all that bad for the Lake Placid boys’ hockey team Sunday.
The Blue Bombers fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 1-0 loss to host Middlebury High School in the Skip Brush Tournament.
Despite the loss, Lake Placid (7-1) won the tournament.
“Each team in the tournament won a game and we ended up winning based on a point system,” said Lake Placid coach Keith Clark.
The Blue Bombers’ first game in the tournament was a 3-0 victory over Brattleboro, Vt. on Friday. Brattleboro then posted a 2-1 win over Middlebury on Saturday.
The only goal in Sunday’s game came at the 11:43 mark of the first period. Keenan Bartlett tallied the game-winning marker, with Sawyer Hescock picking up the assist.
“They got the puck in the neutral zone and caught us in transition,” said Clark. “It was a good goal — for them.”
The Blue Bombers picked up their play in the second and third periods, but were unable to get the equalizer.
“We started out a little slowly, but it was a competitive up-and-down game,” said Clark. “I was pleased with our play in the second and third periods. We had a fair amount of chances, including after pulling our goalie.
“It was a good game.”
Lake Placid finished with a 22-21 advantage in shots on goal. Edgar Sherman was in net for the shutout with 22 saves and Jeffrey Smith turned aside 20 shots for the Blue Bombers.
“They were a physical team and there weren’t a ton of shots,” said Clark.
Out of the Blue Bombers’ eight games thus far, only one has been a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference contest.
Lake Placid will get a better idea where it stands when the Blue Bombers play at Beekmantown on Thursday.
“We have three CVAC games coming up in a row,” said Clark. “The CVAC has already established that it’s going to be a tight league this year.”
Middlebury 1, Lake Placid 0
Lake Placid 0 0 0 — 0
Middlebury 1 0 0 — 1
First period- 1, Midd, Bartlett (Hescock), 11:43.
Shots: Lake Placid 22, Middlebury 21.
Saves: J. Smith, LP, 20. Sherman, Midd, 22.
Andrew Bechard on all-tourney team
PLATTSBURGH — Eighth-grader Andrew Bechard, along with goaltender Robby Knowles, represented Plattsburgh High on this past weekend’s all-tournament team at the Islanders Hockey Tournament.