January 4, 2013

Beekmantown gets key win in CVAC hockey

PLATTSBURGH — Although it’s still very early in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ hockey season, Beekmantown got a needed win with a 6-3 victory over Lake Placid at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center on Thursday night.

The Eagles, who held a 4-1 lead at one time, improved to 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the league, while the Blue Bombers fell to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the CVAC.

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Lake Placid, however, jumped in front just 44 seconds into the game on Ryan Damp’s goal.

But Brenden Carnright tied it for Beekmantown at 3:34 with a power-play goal, and Brandon Buksa put the Eagles ahead to stay at 10:04.

The Eagles then made it 4-1 in the second, with Kyle Constanty scoring at 7:48 and then Nathan Foster, who had two earlier assists, a power-play goal at 11:10.

“We did a great job responding after their goal,” Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette said. “We were able to get our cycle going, and I felt we controlled play in the first and second periods, even though we could have scored more goals.

“But I was happy with the effort — we were explosive.”

The Blue Bombers, however, didn’t go quietly.

Lake Placid fought back in the third and cut its deficit to a goal when Keegan Barney tallied at 5:01 and Connor Preston shortly after, at 6:21.

The Eagles held on, and Kyle Bisonette sealed it with an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left in regulation.

Lake Placid put its goaltender back in net, and Austin Bradish finished off the scoring for the Eagles at the 14:34 mark.

“Give Lake Placid credit,” Frechette said. “They rallied back in the third period and made it interesting.

“But once again, I was happy with our response.”

The Eagles finished with a 33-21 advantage in shots on goal. Dustin Plumadore made 18 saves in the Beekmantown nets, and Tucker Angelopoulos had 27 stops for the Blue Bombers.

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