ALBANY — For two periods Friday night, the Beekmantown girls’ hockey team was at the top of its game.
The Eagles, however, made things a little more difficult on themselves in the third.
Kallie Villemaire scored two goals and assisted on another as the Eagles recorded a 5-3 league win over Albany Academy.
The game was supposed to be part of the Albany Academy Tournament, but a team pulled out and Beekmantown will play a nonleague game instead today at noon against Skaneateles.
“Overall, we played well until the third period,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “We were able to get the jump on them.”
Villemaire gave the Eagles the lead in the first period and Beekmantown then made it 4-0 in the second on goals by Kinnan Latremore, Villemaire and Brittany Miner.
But the hosts cut the deficit in half in the third when Natalie Gulchinski and Marielle McHale scored.
Katie Matott’s power-play goal restored a three-goal Beekmantown lead with 3:21 remaining before Gulchinski closed out the scoring with 1:01 left for Albany Academy.
“For sure, we sat back in the third period with the 4-0 lead and Albany Academy came out flying,” Guay said. “We were flat and that’s something we need to work on.
“The team is young and we lost our top two scorers from last year. We’re still shuffling lines and trying to find the right combinations.
“We have a target on our backs and everybody is stepping it up against us.”
Taylor Laurin finished with 10 saves in net for the Eagles, who held a 20-13 advantage in shots on goal.
Beekmantown 5, Albany Academy 3
Beekmantown 1 3 1 — 5
Albany Academy 0 0 3 — 3
First period- 1, Beek, Villemaire (Regan), 6:48.
Second period- 2, Beek, Latremore (O’Connor, Villemaire), 8:18. 3, Beek, Villemaire (Carnright), 11:53. 4, Beek, Miner, 13:49.
Third period- 5, AA, N. Gulchinski (H. Gulchinski), 2:10. 6, AA, McHale (Parker), 9:52. 7, Beek, Matott ppg (LoTemplio, O’Connor), 11:29. 8, AA, N. Gulchinski, 13:59.