GLENS FALLS — The Beekmantown boys’ hockey team has scored first in each game its played this season.
But the sixth-ranked Eagles nearly squandered a three-goal lead, fending off winless Queensbury 3-2 at the Grandstanders Tournament in Glens Falls Friday.
Kyle Constanty accounted for two of Beekmantown’s three goals, while goaltender Dustin Plumadore accumulated 16 saves in the win.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to come down here and see where we’re at,” Eagles coach Justin Frechette said. “I was really happy with how we got off the bus. We got off to a great start and the three-goal lead was exactly what we wanted.
“But they were able to come back on us. The boys were able to finish the game and play good, composed hockey. Our senior leadership came through.”
Constanty and Nate Foster helped Beekmantown to a 3-0 lead before Michael Aarons cut the Spartans’ (0-8) differential to one on the power play at 12:58 of the second period.
Evan Conlin made it 3-2 with 1:43 gone in the third period with assists from Ricky Conlin and Michael Aarons.
However, with solid backchecking from Foster and Matt LaClair, the Eagles were able to hold on for the victory.
“There were a few instances where we weren’t playing our systems,” Frechette said. “We got away from executing the game plan. But we’ll take the win.”
Frechette said Josh Barriere did a great job helping Beekmantown control a lot of the tempo plays and Plumadore made some big saves at the end of the tilt.
Beekmantown 3, Queensbury 2
Beekmantown 1 2 0 — 3
Queensbury 0 1 1 — 2
First period- 1, BCS, Constanty (Bisonette, Dominy), 0:10.
Second period- 2, BCS, Foster (Barriere), 4:12. 3, BCS, Constanty (Davison), 6:34. 4, Q, M. Aarons (C. Aarons), 12:58 (PP).
Third period- 5, Q, E. Conlin (R. Conlin, M. Aarons), 1:43.
Shots: Beekmantown 22. Queensbury 18.
Saves: Nolin, Q, 19. Plumadore, BCS, 16.
Lake Placid 2, Northeastern Clinton 1
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Blue Bombers benefited from early goals from Chris Williams and Ryan Damp in their one-goal win.
“It was a good back-and-forth game for the most part,” Cougars coach Rob Francis said. “I think the shots on goal might be a bit off, but our boys battled back. We just didn’t have enough and Lake Placid came out on top this time.”
Alex Gonyo scored his first-career goal and Northeastern Clinton’s lone tally at 10:47 of the third period.
The Blue Bombers outshot the Cougars by a 35-13 margin.
Tucker Angelopoulos made 12 saves in the win. Anthony Piche stopped 33-of-35 shots faced for Northeastern Clinton.
Lake Placid 2, Northeastern Clinton 1
Lake Placid 2 0 0 — 2
Northeastern Clinton 0 0 1 — 1
First period- 1, LP, Williams (Smith), 8:34. 2, LP, Damp (Preston, McNierney), 11:12.
Third period- 3, NCCS, Gonyo (Letourneau), 10:47.
Shots: Lake Placid 35. Northeastern Clinton 13.
Saves: Piche, NCCS, 33. Angelopoulos, LP, 12.
HANOVER, N.H. 6, BEEKMANTOWN 0
HANOVER, N.H. — Eliza Laycock and Matti Hartman scored two goals each to lead host Hanover to a nonconference win over the Eagles (5-5).
Julie Montgomery and Sarah Wagner also tallied goals for the winners, who held a 32-15 edge in shots on goal.
Katie Fenton recorded the shutout in net as it was only the second time in program history that Beekmantown has been shut out in a game. The Eagles’ only other shutout was a 3-0 setback to Ithaca in the 2011 state championship contest.
Kayleigh Bell and Taylor Laurin each recorded 13 saves for the Eagles.
Hanover held a 1-0 lead after one and broke open the game with three goals in the second for a 4-0 advantage.
Hanover displayed a lot of team speed and is one of the top teams in New Hampshire. The two teams will get together again in January at the Plattsburgh State Field House.
Hanover 6, Beekmantown 0
Beekmantown 0 0 0 — 0
Hanover 1 3 2 — 6
First period- 1, Han, Laycock (Hartman), 14:43.
Second period- 2, Han, Montgomery (Stout), 4:55. 3, Han, Laycock, 6:32. 4, Han, Hartman, 13:57.
Third period- 5, Han, Hartman (Malenka), 4:02. 6, Han, Wagner (Howell), 8:34.
Shots: Hanover 32, Beekmantown 15.
Saves: Fenton, Han. 15. Bell (13), Laurin (13), Beek, 26.