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.
Shots: Beekmantown 20, Albany Academy 13.
Saves: Laurin, Beek, 10. Shannon (12), Peterson (3), AA, 15.
Lake Placid 4, Saranac Lake 1
LAKE PLACID — The Blue Bombers scored two goals inside the first eight minutes and 50 seconds and never looked back.
“In some games, we’ve started out really slow,” Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber said. “I really made it an emphasis to get a quick start. Anything can happen in our league. Fortunately, we were able to do so (Friday).”
Emily Godin (two goals), Jayde Dukette and Alexa Whitney helped the Blue Bombers maintain a 4-0 advantage after two periods.
“I was really happy with our balanced attack,” Huber said. “Emily, Alexa and Morgan (Meyer) worked really well together. Our top-two lines passed the puck really well.”
Kate Stevens scored the Red Storm’s lone tally with two minutes remaining in the third period, denying Tanner Stanton of a shutout in net.
“She was upset about losing the shutout,” Huber said. “For goalies, the hardest games are when the puck is not in your end. She was able to stay really focused.
“I give Saranac Lake a lot of credit, though. They worked hard until the end. We knew we had to keep the pressure on.”
Lindsay Reeve made 19 saves on 23 shots faced for Saranac Lake. Stanton was credited with eight stops in the three-goal win.
Lake Placid 4, Saranac Lake 1
Saranac Lake 0 0 1 — 1
Lake Placid 2 2 0 — 4
First period- 1, LP, Godin (P. Barney), 0:44. 2, LP, Dukette (S. Barney, Bimonte), 8:50.
Second period- 3, LP, Godin (Whitney, Meyer), 7:06. 4, LP, Whitney (Godin), 13:02.
Third period- 5, SL, Stevens (Patraw), 13:00 (PP).
Shots: Lake Placid 23. Saranac Lake 9.
Saves: Reeve, SL, 19. Stanton, LP, 8.
SARANAC LAKE — McKaylee Boak scored two goals, helping the Canton girls’ hockey team to a 6-2 defeat of Saranac Lake in nonleague play Thursday.
The Golden bears were able to manage a 5-1 lead after 30 minutes of play.
Canton received goal contributions from Boak, Lizzy Christy, Elizabeth Collins, Serrena Cline and Blake Orosz in the four-goal win.
Facing a 4-0 deficit, the Red Storm recorded two goals in the final 18:31 in play.
Jillian Martin scored at 3:31 of the second period and Morgan Farmer at 5:01 of the third period.
Elizabeth Burke stopped 11-of-13 shots faced for the Golden Bears. Saranac Lake’s Lindsey Reeve had a busy night in net, fending off 33 shots.
Canton 6, Saranac Lake 2
Canton 2 3 1 — 6
Saranac Lake 0 1 1 — 2
First period- 1, C, Boak (Giglio), 5:18. 2, C, Christy (Mace), 5:54.
Second period- 3, C, Collins (Christy), 1:28. 4, C, Cline, 1:56. 5, SL, Martin (Snyder, Duffy), 3:31. 6, C, Orosz, 3:42.
Third period- 7, SL, Farmer (Brown, Stevens), 5:01. 8, C, Boak (Orosz, Glasgow), 14:55.
Shots: Canton 39. Saranac Lake 13.
Saves: Reeve, SL, 33. Burke, C, 11.