RICKY ST. CLAIR
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.
Bisonette got a goal of his own with 3:48 gone in the middle stanza.
Foster and Bradish each tallied their second goals in the third.
Plumadore collected the win, denying two breakaway chances in the process.
“The last two years, we’ve led the league in goals-against and (Plumadore) doesn’t seem to get any recognition,” Frechette said. “He obviously does a great job of making the saves when he needs to and keeps getting better every game.”
Despite the four-goal victory, Frechette said there are some facets of the game he’d like his team to improve on before a highly-anticipated meeting with Plattsburgh High Wednesday at 7 p.m.
“I think the biggest thing is being more disciplined,” Frechette said. “We took a few penalties that weren’t needed that would have ended up in either odd-man breaks or power plays for us. I think that’s just the maturity of a hockey team and we can’t beat ourselves. I’m very happy with the 6-2 win and I don’t want to take anything from that, but those penalties resulted in two goals.”
Beekmantown 6, Niskayuna-Schenectady 2
Niskayuna-Schenectady 0 1 1 — 2
Beekmantown 3 1 2 — 6
First period- 1, BCS, Foster, 1:33. 2, BCS, Bradish (Carter, Carnright), 13:00. 3, BCS, C. Carter (Bisonette), 14:55 (pp).
Second period- 4, BCS, Bisonette (Bradish), 11:12. 5, NS, Carrigan (L. Maloney), 14:31 (pp).
Third period- 6, BCS, Foster, 1:10 (sh). 7, BCS, Bradish (Barriere, C. Carter), 2:09. 8, NS, L. Maloney (Divietro), 16:32.
Shots: Beekmantown 29, Niskayuna-Schenectady 26.
Saves: Plumadore, BCS, 24. Moran, NS, 23.
LAKE PLACID 7, MAHOPAC 6
BREWSTER — Shane McNierney’s unassisted goal midway through the third period was the difference Saturday as Lake Placid skated to a 7-6 victory over Mahopac in a non-league game.
McNierney’s goal, which came 7:09 into the third, gave the Blue Bombers (4-0, 1-0) a 7-5 lead.
However, Tommy Kurincic pulled the hosts to within a goal with 6:08 left. Kurincic finished with four goals and an assist.
Kurincic tallied two goals in the first period to give Mahopac a 2-0 lead before Lake Placid rallied to take a 3-2 lead after one period with goals by Keegan Barney, Ryan Meyer and Connor Preston.
R.J. Reid and Elias Smith then scored in the second as the Blue Bombers held on to take a 5-4 edge into the third.
Kurincic tied the game with 23 second gone in the final stanza. But Preston tallied his second goal of the contest at 1:46 to put the Blue Bombers back up by one.
McNierney’s goal then gave Lake Placid some needed breathing room.
“It was a wild game, for sure,” Lake Placid coach Keith Clark said. “Offensively, we played well scoring seven goals. But we had a lot of breakdowns in our end and weren’t tough enough in front of our net.
“But we found a way to beat a Division I team. We had to kill off a 5-on-3 skating disadvantage for a minute and a half near the end.”
Jeffrey Smith made 34 saves in net for Lake Placid, which was outshot, 40-26. Tom Gilmore made 19 stops for Mahopac.
Mike DiPasquale and Matt Stefunek also scored goals for the hosts.
The Blue Bombers’ road trip continues with an 11:30 a.m. game today against White Plains.
“They’re unbeaten and it’s going to be a test for us,” Clark said.
Lake Placid 7, Mahopac 6
Lake Placid 3 2 2 — 7
Mahopac 2 2 2 — 6
First period- 1, M, Kirincic (Kirby), 3:19. 2, M. Kirincic (Buckley), 5:26. 3, LP, Barney (McNierney), 8:52. 4, LP, Meyer (Barney), 10:20. 5, LP, Preston (Damp, Reid), 13:40.
Second period- 6, LP, Reid, 1:45. 7, M, Stefunek (Kirincic, Hangach), 10:45. 8, LP, E. Smith (Barney), 12:30. 9, M, DiPasquale (Kirby, Mastrocola), 14:07.
Third period- 10, M, Kirincic (Hangach, Buckley), :23. 11, LP, Preston (Reid, Damp), 1:46. 12, LP, McNierney, 7:09. 13, M. Kirincic (Fitzpatrick, DiPasquale), 8:52.
Shots: Mahopac 40, Lake Placid 26.
Saves: Gilmore, M, 19. Je. Smith, LP, 34.
Franklin Academy 6, Tupper Lake 2
TUPPER LAKE — Six players scored a goal each as the Huskies (4-0, 3-0) pulled away from the Lumberjacks in Northern Athletic Conference play.
Trevor Cooley and Jake Henning tallied in the first period, while Cameron Daniels, Kyler Head, Tanner Studlack and Tucker Bartenslager all scored in the third. Head’s was the first of his varsity career.
Franklin Academy held an early 2-0 lead before it became 2-1 after two and 3-2 early in the third.
Then the Huskies broke it open.
“We jumped on them early and showed good intensity,” Franklin Academy coach Chuck Dievendorf said. “But then we kind of laid back before picking it up again in the third period. We began to forecheck better.”
Joey Brown made 17 saves in net for the Huskies. Marcus Richer had 31 stops for Tupper Lake, which was outshot by a 37-19 margin.
The schedule now gets tougher for the Huskies, who play at Salmon River Wednesday and at Ogdensburg Saturday.
Franklin Academy 6, Tupper Lake 2
Franklin Academy 2 0 4 — 6
Tupper Lake 0 1 1 — 2
First period- 1, FA, Cooley (Mulverhill, Henning), 3:20. 2, FA, Henning (Mulverhill), 3:48.
Second period- 3, TL, Guerrette (Clark), 9:17.
Third period- 4, FA. Daniels (Ke. Head), 1:05. 5, TL, Kopp ppg (Warrick), 3:23. 6, FA, Ky. Head (Henning, Perry), 7:49. 7, FA, Studlack (Daniels, Vanier), 12:57. 8, FA, Bartenslager ppg (Henderson, Ke. Head), 14:12.
Shots: Franklin Academy 37, Tupper Lake 19.
Saves: Brown, FA, 17. Richer, TL, 31.
BEEKMANTOWN 6, ESSEX 2
ST. ALBANS, Vt. — Kiley Regan scored two of her team’s five second-period goals Saturday as the Beekmantown girls’ hockey team erupted for a 6-2 win over Essex in the BFA-St. Albans Tournament.
It was a 1-all tie after one before Lauren O’Connor tallied at 1:55, Regan at 3:18. Amanda Peterson at 4:18, Kallie Villemaire at 8:21 and Regan at 13:52 to give the Eagles a 6-1 advantage after two.
“I think we caught them off guard,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “Their forwards were fast, but we were able to contain them.
“It was nice to see us break out in the second period after scoring only two goals on 32 shots the night before.”
Clara Giroux gave the Eagles a first-period lead before Kathleen Young answered for Essex.
Essex’s Amanda Sinkewicz closed out the scoring in the third stanza.
Kayleigh Bell (8) and Alyssa Pelkey (5) combined for 13 saves for Beekmantown.
The Eagles held a 25-15 shot advantage.
The tournament was based on a point system, and Essex, despite suffering the most one-sided loss in the event, ended up as tourney champs.
The Eagles (5-0-1) play home games against Albany Academy Friday and Lake Placid Saturday before going into the break.
Beekmantown 6, Essex 2
Beekmantown 1 5 0 — 6
Essex 1 0 1 — 2
First period- 1, Beek, Giroux (O’Connor), 4:06. 2, E, Young, 10:07.
Second period- 3, Beek, O’Connor (Matott, Villemaire), 1:55. 4, Beek, Regan (Tucker), 3:18. 5, Beek, Peterson (Guay, Raville), 4:18. 6, Beek, Villemaire (Peterson, Raville), 8:21. 7, Beek, Regan, 13:52.
Third period- 8, E, Sinkewicz (Moldodan, Drury), 12:57.
Shots: Beekmantown 25, Essex 15.
Saves: Bell, Pelkey, Beek, 13. Gibson, Simmons, Essex, 19.