Press-Republican

January 19, 2013

Red Storm unable to complete comeback against OFA


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OGDENSBURG — Despite overcoming a 2-0 deficit midway through the second period, the Saranac Lake boys’ hockey team surrendered an overtime goal to Ogdensburg Free Academy’s Brandon Mullin, dropping a 3-2 setback in the opening day of the Wade Memorial Tournament Friday.

Brandon Mullin and Gian Rufa helped the Blue Devils reach a 2-0 lead at 6:38 and 7:54 of the second period, respectively. The first was a power play goal, while second tally was a shorthanded marker.



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However, the lead was short lived.

Blake Battistoni registered his second of the year with 5:25 remaining in the middle stanza to cut the deficit to one.

Quinn Urquhart was able to garner the third period’s lone marker at the 12:32 mark.

“When they went up 2-0, I thought we showed a lot of heart by coming back and making a game of it,” Red Storm coach Will Ellsworth said. “Our guys were fatigued, but gave a very solid effort.”

Mullin’s second of the contest proved to be the game-winner.

Dave Prudhomme was credited with the win in net, fending off 26 of 28 shots faced.

Freshman Justin Farmer, who was making his first varsity start between the pipes, was able to register 25 saves on 28 shots.

“Considering the fact we brought 12 players for this trip, I’m very happy with how we played,” Ellsworth said. “Only two penalties were called, so it was a clean game throughout. (Farmer) made 25 saves, and I was impressed with his performance in a tough environment.”

Saranac Lake plays Thousand Islands/Alexandria Bay today at 12:30 p.m.

Ogdensburg Free Academy 3, Saranac Lake 2

Saranac Lake 0 1 1 0 — 2

OFA 0 2 0 1 — 3

Second period- 1, OFA, Mullin (Rufa), 6:38 (pp). 2, OFA, Rufa (Garrison, Mullin), 7:54 (sh). 3, SL, Battistoni, 9:35.

Third period- 4, SL, Urquhart (Thomas, Strack), 12:32.

Overtime- 5, OFA, Mullin (Rufa).

Shots: Ogdensburg Free Academy 28. Saranac Lake 28.

Saves: Prudhomee, OFA, 26. Farmer, SL, 25.

Notre Dame of Batavia 3, Saranac 2

PLATTSBURGH — Ryan McCall and Jacob Lilledahl registered goals, but the Saranac boys’ hockey team surrendered a two-goal lead, dropping a 3-2 decision to Notre Dame of Batavia in the first round of the Saranac Hockey Tournament.

“We gave up a lead that should have been secured,” Chiefs coach Ed Davis said. “We had a lot of chances and carried the play. We needed to buckle down and didn’t.”

Following Ryan Webster’s goal at 8:23 of the opening stanza, Zach Blew added two more to help Notre Dame garner the win.

“It’s just one of those things where we have a lot of players out with sickness,” Davis said. “It’s really disappointing to not follow through.”

Jimmy Johnson was credited with the save in net, recording 30 saves on 32 shots, while Zach Lareau earned a 30-save performance, too.

Saranac will play Churchville Chili today at noon.

Notre Dame of Batavia 3, Saranac 2

Notre Dame 1 1 1 — 3

Saranac 2 0 0 — 2

First period- 1, ND, Webster (Polito), 8:23. 2, SCS, McCall (Lilledahl, Sarazen), 9:48. 3, SCS, Sarazen, 12:09.

Second period- 4, ND, Blew (Versage), 0:32.

Third period- 5, ND, Blew (Cory, Versage), 4:40.

Shots: Notre Dame of Batavia 33. Saranac 32.

Saves: Lareau, SCS, 30. Johnson, ND, 30.

Beekmantown 3, Niskayuna/Schenectady 1

SCHENECTADY — Nate Foster tallied three assists, while Austin Bradish and Brenden Carnright each contributed two points in Beekmantown’s 3-1 non-league win over Division I opponent Niskayuna/Schenectady.

“It was a real physical game, and they have a lot of big players,” Eagles head coach Justin Frechette said. “I was proud of how the kids got off the bus and jumped on them from the get-go. It shows the maturity of our team.”

Kyle Bisonette scored on a power play goal with 1:08 gone in the opening period before Austin Bradish extended the differential to two at 7:38.

Following a Mohawks goal with 12:26 elapsed in the middle stanza, Brandon Buksa added one more for Beekmantown at 13:42.

Dustin Plumadore, who Frechette said was the key factor in the win, made 21 saves on 22 shots faced.

“(Plumadore) enabled us to keep the 2-1 lead,” Frechette said. “We did a great job in situational play. The kids executed when we needed them to.”

The Eagles will face Burnt Hills tomorrow at 2:10 p.m.

Beekmantown 3, Niskayuna/Schenectady 1

Beekmantown 2 1 0 — 3

Niskayuna/Schenectady 0 1 0 — 1

First period- 1, BCS, Bisonette (Bradish, Foster), 1:08 (pp). 2, BCS, Bradish (Foster, Carnright), 7:38.

Second period- 3, N/S, Fisher (Peretti), 12:26. 4, BCS, Buksa (Carnright, Foster), 13:42.

Shots: Beekmantown 26. Niskayuna/Schenectady 22.

Saves: Moran, N/S, 23. Plumadore, BCS, 21.

Churchville Chili 4, Northeastern Clinton 3 (OT)

PLATTSBURGH — Northeastern Clinton gave up a two-goal lead in the third period and dropped a 4-3 loss on Michael Luciw’s screen shot with less than three minutes into overtime.

“It was a really gritty effort,” Cougars coach Rob Francis said. “We missed some chances and couldn’t clear the puck out of our zone.”

Churchville struck first when Zach Fodge sent the puck to the net early in the first period. Two minutes later, Northeastern Clinton’s Alex Duffy would even it up on a one-on-one opportunity after a pass from Kastle Birch.

Duffy also scored a power play goal with less than a minute left in the period to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead.

The second period belonged to the Cougars as Zach Guay scored late in the period off a pass from Duffy to go up 3-1.

Then, Churchville got a hot stick and put up two goals in the third to tie it up. The first came from Tyler MacMillan off a pass from Ryan Cosgrove. Cosgrove would add a goal minutes later when Conner Hoyng sent a pass his way.

Luciw’s winning goal came when he shot the puck from the blue line past a screened goalie to grab the first round tournament win.

“I don’t even think he saw the puck,” Francis said. “We just ran out of gas in the end.”

Churchville Chili 4, Northeastern Clinton 3 (OT)

Churchville Chili 1 0 2 1 — 4

Northeastern 2 1 0 0 — 3

First period- 1, CC, Fodge (Alves), 5:34. 2, NC, Duffy (Birch), 7:05. 3, NC, Duffy (Guay).

Second period- 4, NC, Guay (Duffy), 13:38.

Third period- 5, CC, MacMillan (Cosgrove). 6, CC, Cosgrove (Hoyng).

Overtime period- 7, CC, Luciw, 2:42.

Shots: Churchville 38, Northeastern 35.

Saves: Brown, CC, 32. Young, NC, 34.

Girls

Beekmantown 7, Oswego 1

OSWEGO — Ashley Terry registered five points, while teammate Katie Matott added two goals and an assist in Beekmantown’s 7-1 non-league win over Oswego.

Following a 1-0 first period lead, Kallie Villemaire, Matott, Emily Raville and Amanda Peterson added tallies in the middle stanza.

“During the first period, I thought the girls were a little exhausted from making the trip down,” Eagles coach Ray Guay said. “Then, we turned it around in the second.”

Matott and Terry put the puck into the back of the net in the third period to solidify the win.

“Our first and second lines produced,” Guay said. “(Terry) had a good game with one goal and four assists and (Peterson) finished with two goals. Our power play was also effective, scoring two goals.”

Kayleigh Bell saved all three shots faced, while freshman goaltender Alyssa Pelkey totaled two saves on three shots.

The Eagles play Skaneateles today and Guay expects a faster, more experienced team.

“Every time we’re on the road, we have a target on our backs,” Guay said. “We have to match the other team’s intensity.”

Beekmantown 7, Oswego 1

Beekmantown 1 4 2 — 7

Oswego 0 0 1 — 1

First period- 1, BCS, Peterson (Guay, Terry), 3:32.

Second period- 2, BCS, Villemaire (Matott, Terry), 0:10 (pp). 3, BCS, Matott (Giroux), 0:47 (pp). 4, Raville (Tucker, Guay), 1:27. 5, BCS, Peterson (Terry), 13:30.

Third period- 6, BCS, Matott (Terry, Villemaire), 7:36. 7, O, Phillips, 7:05. 8, BCS, Terry (Giroux, O’Connor), 12:12.

Shots: Beekmantown 64. Oswego 6.

Saves: Bell (3), Pelkey (2), BCS, 5. Whalen, O, 57.