Seniors shine for Lady Bombers' home ice finale

LAKE PLACID - For the three senior members of the Lake Placid varsity girls hockey team, the final regular season home game was a chance to get a playoff game on home ice.

The trio of seniors worked to assure a first round game on home ice, as Catherine Valentine scored a pair of slapshot goals, Brenna Whiting tallied a goal and Marina Flagg made 12 saves as the Lady Blue Bombers scored a 3-0 win over Skaneateles Jan. 29.

"Our seniors have been true leaders all year," head coach Sandy Huber said after the game. "They are all fifth year players and they are coming on strong. I think that Marina is looking as strong as she has had all season, and now has a four-game shutout streak."

Huber said that along with the game to honor the seniors, she was pleased with a big win, which gives them home ice against Oswego next weekend for a state quarterfinal game.

"We knew that we needed at least a tie to secure home ice," Huber said. "Skaneateles kept coming at us and came out hard in the third period, but we didn't let up and went all out for the win."

"It was a pretty important game," Flagg said. "They came out hard in the third period and we definitely had to step it up defensively and maintain an aggressive defense, even when they had a two-player advantage."

Skaneateles skated hard to open the final 15 minutes, drawing a pair of penalties that overlapped for the two-player power play for 22 seconds. Once the Bombers killed the penalties, however, the game settled down and Lake Placid skated to the shutout win.

For the trio of seniors, the final regular season home game was a chance to reflect on their accomplishments and friendship.

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