January 5, 2014

Plattsburgh boys lose early lead, fall to No. 12 John Jay

PLATTSBURGH — The No. 12-ranked John Jay boys’ hockey team of Section I overcame a two-goal deficit in the first period to defeat Plattsburgh High Saturday, 6-4.

Jack Tolosky and Kurtis Olsen gave the Hornets a two-goal lead inside the first four minutes and 57 seconds of play, but the Indians battled back.

Don Smith, Lucas Prestamo (two goals) and Jeremy Morowitz helped John Jay score four unanswered tallies during a 12:18 span.

“We had a good start with a lot of energy,” Plattsburgh High coach Jamie Reidy said. “We played a good game against last year’s Division II runner-up. We’re still going through some growing pains, but we had a very good effort, especially in the third period.

“The most important thing at this point is we’re getting better every day. A loss is a loss, and it hurts a little bit. But we went right to the final bell (Saturday). A lot of loose pucks were in the goalmouth, but we couldn’t bang one home.”

Ryan Whalen helped the Hornets cut their disadvantage to one goal at 8:38 of the middle stanza on a power-play marker from Tolosky and Eric Bechard.

Sean Blaney and Anthony Manno, however, gave the Indians a 6-3 lead before Noah Gagnier scored with just over 10 minutes remaining in regulation.

Tolosky finished with one goal and two assists, while Bechard was credited with three assists in the tilt.

“They did well,” Reidy said. “That line works hard night in and night out. A couple other lines played well defensively, too. Most importantly, we’re improving in a lot of areas. We have such a young hockey team, but I’m happy with the attitude right now. We know we lost to a good club (Saturday).”

Senior goaltender Matt Lanza stopped 20-of-24 shots in the win. Freshmen Dean Dashnaw was credited with 21 saves in the two-goal loss.

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