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February 1, 2014

Beekmantown bests Lake Placid, claims title

CHAZY — It’s like déjà vu all over again for the Beekmantown girls’ hockey team.

For the sixth time, the Eagles (16-6) advanced to the state semifinals by upending Lake Placid in the Upstate Girls’ Hockey League regional championship Friday, 5-2.

“I have somewhat of a seasoned team, but we’re not real deep as we were in the past,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “I’ve just built the program up to where it’s taking care of itself. The youth that’s coming up through the Chazy and Plattsburgh (Youth Hockey) programs have been tremendous.”

The Eagles wasted no time getting on the board.

Lauren O’Connor slipped a shot past Blue Bombers (9-9) goaltender Tanner Stanton with 1:09 gone in the first period to open the scoring. Brielle Carnright was credited with the lone assist on the play.

From there, Katie Matott took a feed from Callie LaPorte and extended Beekmantown’s lead to two goals with 3:04 showing on the clock at Scotts’ Memorial Rink. The Eagles managed a 14-4 advantage in shots on goal at the end of the opening frame.

“We wanted to jump out early,” Guay said. “Whoever gets that first goal is kind of a backbreaker, and then to add another one on top of it really puts you in a good position to carry on … go with the momentum.”

After LaPorte gave Beekmantown a three-goal cushion at 7:57 of the second period, Briana Savage cut Lake Placid’s deficit to two goals at 3:50 of the third stanza. 

Matott, however, registered a tally just 29 seconds later to help the Eagles regain their three-goal lead.

“I really felt like it might’ve (taken the wind out of our sails),” Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber said. “I was a little bit worried, but these girls wanted it so bad. It was really good to see they didn’t give up. They have a lot of character, and I’m proud of their determination.”

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