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December 4, 2013

Eagles begin title defense with 8-0 win

MALONE — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team picked up right where it left off.

After winning their first state title Feb. 10, the Eagles drubbed St. Lawrence 8-0 in their season opener Tuesday.

Clara Giroux registered four points on two goals and two assists, while Lauren O’Connor added three helpers in the eight-goal win.

“We had a lot of different scorers (Tuesday), which was nice,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “It was a good start to what will hopefully be a great season.”

The Eagles jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period on goals from Brittany Miner, Maddy Beachemin and Amy LoTemplio.

Beekmantown continued its relentless offensive attack when Katie Matott, Kiley Regan and Giroux extended the team’s lead to 6-0 in the middle stanza.

Miner and O’Connor added third-period tallies.

Kayleigh Bell recorded the shutout in net, fending off all 10 shots faced. Holly Zeldenrust recorded 33 saves for the Larries.

The victory marks the 99th career win for the Eagles program, which began in 2008.

Beekmantown will play host to Potsdam in a highly-anticipated rematch of last year’s state championship game Friday.

Beekmantown 8, St. Lawrence 0

St. Lawrence 0 0 0 — 0

Beekmantown 3 3 2 — 8

First period- 1, BCS, Miner (O’Connor), 4:12. 2, BCS, Beachemin (LoTemplio), 4:24. 3, BCS, LoTemplio, 8:41.

Second period- 4, BCS, Matott, 1:04. 5, BCS, Regan (Giroux), 2:55. 6, BCS, Giroux (O’Connor), 12:25.

Third period- 7, BCS, Miner (Giroux), 6:44. 8, BCS, Giroux (O’Connor), 12:25.

Shots: Beekmantown 41. St. Lawrence 10.

Saves: Zeldenrust, SL, 33. Bell, BCS, 10.

MONDAY

Massena 4, Lake Placid 1

The Blue Bombers (1-1) had a difficult time containing Katie MacCuaig in their defensive zone Monday.

MacCuaig registered a hat-trick performance, helping the Red Raiders to a three-goal victory in nonleague play.

“She’s a dangerous shooter, and we let her shoot uncontested too many times,” Lake Placid coach Sandy Huber said.

The Blue Bombers fell behind 4-0, but got on the board at 13:41 of the second period.

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