PLATTSBURGH — Beekmantown’s team speed might be better than advertised.
Austin Bradish and Nathan Foster each contributed a pair of goals, while goaltender Dustin Plumadore totaled 24 saves in the Eagles’ (2-0) 6-2 win over Niskayuna-Schenectady in non-league boys’ hockey Saturday.
Justin Frechette’s squad utilized its quickness to garner three markers in the opening period with solid neutral zone play, which resulted in multiple odd-man rush opportunities.
“We work a lot on it in practice, and I think when it comes to games, the kids are in their lanes and following the game plan,” Frechette said. “It shows, especially when teams lose their lane control, we’re able to get good odd-man breaks out of it.”
Foster opened the game’s scoring barrage at 1:33 of the first period when he beat a defenseman around the edge and wristed a puck blocker side to give Beekmantown a 1-0 lead.
“I’m not about dangling, and I won’t try to go through somebody,” Foster said. “I’m not a very big guy, so I’m just going to use my legs to get around you. We just try to use our speed and get to the outside.”
Bradish extended the differential to two goals 11 minutes and 27 seconds later by cashing in on a two-on-one chance in front of the net. After Brenden Carnright fired a cross-ice saucer pass, Bradish went from forehand to backhand and put the puck into the back of the net.
“(Bradish) is another one of those impact players that you have to account for when you play us,” Frechette said. “He’s worked hard at playing on both ends of the ice and every time he’s out there, he seems to be making plays.”
Cole Carter closed the period’s scoring with five seconds remaining when he redirected a floating pass from Kyle Bisonette by Mohawks goaltender Spencer Moran.