January 31, 2013

Eagle girls back in championship hockey game

CHAZY — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team hasn’t been behind many times this season.

The Eagles have only suffered one loss on the season, but their hearts had to be pumping when Saranac Lake to a 1-0 lead early in the game.

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Beekmantown, however, scored five unanswered goals to rally for a 5-1 victory in the first round of the Upstate Girls’ Hockey League playoffs Wednesday.

The Eagles will host Albany Academy, a 5-0 winner over Lake Placid, in Friday’s championship game at Scotts’ Rink at 6 p.m.

“We had to take care of business,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “After they scored the first goal I think the girls lost their playoff jitters and really got into their comfort zone.”

Chloe Peer gave the Red Storm the 1-0 lead on an assist from Anna Courcelle at the 3:01 mark.

Kallie Villemaire, thought, would tie it at the 18:29 mark on a power-play goal from Ashley Terry and Amy LoTemplio.

Emily Raville scored the game-winner with 4:15 remaining in the first period. Amanda Peterson collected the assist. Raville would tally twice more in the game to collect the hat trick.

Peterson lit the lamp for the lone second-period goal and finished the night with a total of three assists. Amy LoTemplio chipped in with two assists.

“Emily Raville had a hot night with the hat trick,” Guay said. “The Peterson line with Amanda and Alexis (Guay) got it going. Being seniors they really wanted to advance as much as anybody else. They know that from here on any game could be their last and they have to lead by example. They were the team leaders.”

Kayleigh Bell turned away 16 shots in goal for the Eagles. Katey Snyder made 34 saves in net for the Red Storm.

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