MALONE — A goal off a rebound from Olivia Cook on Monday, 11 seconds after the opening puck drop, got Franklin Academy girls hockey’s offense on the board early, in an 8-2 win over Saranac Lake Placid.
The Huskies maintained a torrid offensive attack throughout the game, scattering three-goal performances in all but the final period and outshooting the Bombers on goal, 41-9.
With the victory, Franklin Academy earned its seventh win of the season, after two straight ties to Potsdam and Plattsburgh, following their previous 3-2 win in Massena.
“I think it was a good (game) not only for our offense, but for our defense too,” Cook said. “Obviously tying two good teams was a little rough, we wanted to come out with the win. But this definitely puts a pep in our step for playoffs coming up.”
Cook finished Monday’s contest with two goals, while Vail St. Hilaire had a goal and three assists. Lindsey Durant, Alyx St. Hilaire, Taytum Cook-Francis, Julia Perras and Anna Monette each netted a goal on the day, for Franklin Academy.
Saranac Lake Placid’s Sydney Dann facilitated both of the Bombers’ goals, finishing with two assists.
Franklin Academy’s Gina Norcross saved seven shots in net, while Kelsey McKillip had 32 saves — 16 of those stops coming in the second period.
Faith Warner and Dariana Patterson each scored for Saranac Lake Placid in the closing six minutes of the game; though a comeback at that point was well out of range.
Cook-Francis just before the second intermission scored to make it 6-0, Franklin Academy. Cook-Francis’ shot before the horn gave the Huskies a 31-6 shot on goal advantage over the Bombers.
Franklin Academy led the Bombers, 3-0 off of 12 shots in the first period.
After netting one off a rebounded shot from Vail St. Hilaire, Cook scored her second goal of the game off a face off — finding an opening to her left. Vail St. Hilaire followed suit from center ice on the next play, skating up to the same spot and burying the Huskies’ third goal, past McKillip.
“It was really nice to get a goal that early — it’s what we wanted,” Cook said. “Definitely got the wheels running and we went down and scored again.”