January 6, 2014

B'town lets one slip away on ice

PLATTSBURGH — After rallying for a 6-4 victory over Plattsburgh High the day before, John Jay was at it again on Sunday.

Mark Laprine scored three goals, including the game-winning marker, as the Indians erased a 3-2 third-period deficit while skating to a 5-3 nonleague win over Beekmantown.

“This was a great up-tempo pace high school hockey game against a great opponent in John Jay, a state finalist last year,” Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette said.

“Although this isn’t the outcome we wanted, I think we can take a lot from the game moving forward, which will help us down the road. We have to get back to work Monday (today) and get ready for two league games this week.”

Laprine and Lucas Prestamo, with a short-handed goal, gave the Indians a 2-0 lead in the first period.

But Michael Parent, with his first varsity goal, put the Eagles on the board in the second and then assisted on Kyle Constanty’s power-play goal and Nathan Foster’s even-strength marker that rallied Beekmantown into a 3-2 lead after two.

“I was pleased with the character and fortitude our boys showed in battling back from a 2-goal deficit,” Frechette said. “Unfortunately, we were unable to capitalize on a few offensive opportunities throughout the game, coupled with an untimely penalty late in the third period that was ultimately the difference in the game.”

“Give John Jay credit, they played a great game and battled to the end.”

Laprine tied it with an unassisted goal with 9:36 left and then scored a power-play goal to give the Indians the lead for good with 3:55 remaining.

Shawn Smith added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left.

Dustin Plumadore made 21 saves in the Beekmantown nets.

John Jay 5, Beekmantown 3

John Jay 2 0 3 — 5

Beekmantown 0 3 0 — 3

First period- 1, JJ, Laprine (Maloof, Prestsmo), 8:34. 2, JJ, Prestamo shg, 14:11.

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