January 9, 2014

Whalen's 6-point performance helps Hornets bounce back

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh High boys’ hockey team, with Ryan Whalen leading the way, bounced back Wednesday night.

Whalen scored the game’s first four goals and later added two assists as the Hornets, responding from Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss in Lake Placid, skated to an 8-2 win over Saranac in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play.


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Eric Bechard and Devin Clarke added two goals each for Plattsburgh, with Bechard also getting an assist.

Jack Tolosky assisted on four Hornets’ goals and Andrew Bechard on three.

Plattsburgh held a 2-0 lead after one period and outscored Saranac 5-2 in the second for a 7-2 advantage.

“It was a good rebound game for us after a tough loss in Lake Placid,” Plattsburgh coach Jamie Reidy said. “We keep improving, and I’m happy with the production we’re getting from younger players like Kevin Dandrow, Eusong Choe, Colin Giroux, Gavin Giroux, Jeff Latinville and Ben Champagne.”

Jacob Lilledahl and Tristan Archambault scored the Saranac goals.

Jeff Smith was busy in the Saranac nets with 53 saves as Plattsburgh held a 61-14 shot advantage.

Plattsburgh 8, Saranac 2

Plattsburgh 2 5 1 — 8

Saranac 0 2 0 — 2

First period- 1, PHS, Whalen (Tolosky, E. Bechard), 9:22. 2, PHS, Whalen (A. Bechard, Fine-Lease), 12:18.

Second period- 3, PHS, Whalen (A. Bechard, Fine-Lease), :54. 4, PHS, Whalen (A. Bechard, Tolosky), 8:12. 5, Sar, Lilledahl (Archambault), 9:32. 6, PHS, E. Bechard (Tolosky, Weeden), 9:41. 7, Sar, Archambault (Carpenter), 12:54. 8, PHS, E. Bechard (Tolosky), 13:12. 9, PHS, Clarke (Whalen, Side), 14:22.

Third period- 10, PHS, Clarke (Whalen), 8:15.

Shots: Plattsburgh 61, Saranac 14.

Saves: Smith, Sar, 53. Dashnaw (9), Ladue (3), PHS, 12.


PLATTSBURGH — Nathan Foster scored three goals and Kyle Constanty added two to lead the Eagles past the Red Storm.

The Eagles (6-1) took a 5-2 lead into the third period when David Cluckey scored with 3:11 remaining to bring to Red Storm to within two.

But Foster finished off his hat trick with 1:23 left and Brantley Marion then added his first varsity goal with 23 ticks left.

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