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