SCHENECTADY — Patrick Trippany’s first goal of the season put a bit of a damper on GMSVS Storm’s girls’ night out.
The senior forward scored on a power play with 4:19 left in the third period, and Niskayuna/Schenectady/Albany salvaged a 3-3 tie to keep its unbeaten streak alive Saturday night at Union College’s Messa Rink.
“Down 3-2, I told the boys, ‘If we don’t score on this power play, we’re going to have a tough time winning this game,'” Trippany said.
The win never materialized after its best shot in overtime was turned aside by GMSVS goalkeeper Allie Kelley. The Voorheesville product finished with 45 saves, while her teammate, Maddie LeBel of Guilderland, had put the Storm ahead 3-2 with 9:18 left.
“Great kid. Great athlete. We are lucky to have her,” GMSVS head coach Jim Archibald said of Kelley, who joined the team this year. “I’ve got three other girls on the team, and they’re all good.”
Kelley was particularly good in the third period, making 21 saves, with one of those stops coming just before Trippany’s tying goal.
“She [Kelley] kept them in there,” Trippany said.
“We knew we were going up against a good goalie,” NSA head coach Sean O’Connell said.
Matt Trippany and Kevin Abatto also scored for NSA (4-2-1) on power plays. Evan Carey and Brendan Dunleavy tallied for GMSVS (3-5-2) to go with LeBel’s goal.
“We had three even-strength goals. They had three power-play goals. Great lesson to learn from,” Archibald said. “Stay out of the box and you do well.”
Jake Dominikoski began the sequence that led to the game’s final goal with a drive from the point.
“I was trying to screen the goal and he [Dominikoski] shot it wide,” said Patrick Trippany, one of five Albany players on the NSA roster. “Yoni [Eligberg] threw it in front of the net. Their goalie kicked it out, and I jammed it in.”
NSA had beaten Adirondack 3-0 and Shaker/Colonie 5-1 in its two previous games before rallying to tie in the first of two Capital District High School Hockey League meetings with GMSVS.
“We battled back twice,” O’Connell said. “We showed the heart we have.”
“We didn’t get what we wanted, but I’ll always take a tie over a loss,” Patrick Trippany said. “No one wants to lose.”
LeBel scored on a rebound after NSA netminder Tony Cotugno (37 saves) stopped a bid by Collin Lagios.
“You’re seeing more girls playing and making an impact,” said O’Connell, whose starting lineup includes Schenectady defender Audrey Canty.
Matt Trippany scored a first-period goal for NSA, and GMSVS answered in the second stanza on goals by Carey and Dunleavy. Abatto pulled NSA into a 2-2 tie late in the second.
“I can’t wait for the rematch,” Archibald said.
GMSVS 0 2 1 0 — 3
NSA 1 1 1 0 — 3
GMSVS scoring: Evan Carey 1-1, Brendan Dunleavy 1-0, Collin Lagios 0-1, Maddie LeBel 1-0, Joshua Mastromarchi 0-1, Mike Farina 0-1, Alex Bzdell 0-1. NSA scoring: Kevin Abatto 1-0, Matt Trippany 1-0, Patrick Trippany 1-0, Jake Dominikoski 0-2, Yoni Eligberg 0-1, Christopher Gallagher 0-1.
Goalies: GMSVS, Allie Kelley, 45 saves. NSA, Tony Cotugno, 37 saves.