LAKE PLACID - An eighth-grader stood tall in goal for the Lake Placid girls hockey team Monday, Dec. 5, but the effort wasn't enough as visiting Potsdam captured a 1-0 victory at the Olympic Center.
Taking over the goaltending job from a four-year starter who graduated, Tanner Stanton only let one of 38 shots on net get by her. But Stanton's Blue Bombers teammates couldn't break through at the other end of the rink as they dropped to 1-1 two games into their schedule. Another eighth-grader, Potsdam's Jordan Emerson, scored the only goal of the game four minutes into the first period as the Sandstoners claimed a close victory in their season opener.
Lake Placid generated just nine shots on goal in the game, including only one in the opening period, but stayed close due to the efforts of Stanton. Emerson was the only player in the game to find the back of the net, scoring on a shot along the ice that slipped past Stanton, who was screened on the play. Lia Davis, a senior, picked up the assist on the goal.
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Lake Placid goaltender Tanner Stanton knocks a puck away during the Blue Bombers game against Potsdam on Monday, Dec. 5 in?Lake Placid.
"We've had a history of good goalies on our team, and it was a position that was a question mark for us heading into this season," Lake Placid head coach Sandy Huber said. "We've had one game and three scrimmages, and this is the first time Tanner was really tested. She proved she belongs out there on the ice. She was tremendous.
"She kept us in the game," Huber added. "I told the girls after the game that it could have been a 10-0 score if is wasn't for our goalie. Potsdam has a great team. They are well coached, fast and tough. I think our girls were shellshocked early, but they picked it up after a few shifts"
Stanton also gave up just one goal in Lake Placid's first game of the season, which was a 3-1 triumph over Oswego.
Despite being outshot 38-9, Huber said her team did a nice job controlling the puck at times but struggled to find good scoring opportunities in front of the 'Stoners net. Lake Placid's best scoring chance came with five minutes gone in the third period when Samantha Barney drove undefended toward the net and fired a shot that was steered aside by Potsdam senior goalie Abby Tardelli, who made nine saves to earn the shutout win.
"We did a really nice job defensively," said fifth-year Potsdam head coach Joe Stark. "Lake Placid didn't get a lot of good chances. They got some shots from the perimeter, but that's about it. Our defense was pretty strong in front of our net.
"Getting 38 shots is pretty good for a girls game. I think we were just a little tardy getting to some rebounds."
Two games into the season, Huber said getting the puck out of their zone and going to the opponents' net are areas where the Blue Bombers will be looking to improve.
"Potsdam's girls were very strong on the forecheck and on defense," Huber said. "We need to get better with our breakouts and we need to get to the net."
The Blue Bombers will face two more tough tests in their next games on a weekend road trip. On Friday, Lake Placid takes on Skaneatles and then faces defending state champion Ithaca on Saturday.
Potsdam 1, Lake Placid 0
1. P, Emerson (Davis), 4:00.
Shots on goal: Potsdam 38, Lake Placid 9
Saves: P, A. Tardelli 9; LP, Stanton 37.