December 20, 2012

Ventre, PHS hold off Beekmantown in CVAC hockey

PLATTSBURGH — Freshman Giancarlo Ventre played another solid game in net and Plattsburgh High skated to a 2-1 victory over Beekmantown in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ hockey Wednesday night at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center.

The unbeaten Hornets (4-0, 3-0) continued to be stingy on defense as Ventre turned aside 26 shots. Plattsburgh has surrendered just four goals in its first four games.

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“Ventre’s a freshman who’s technically sound,” said Plattsburgh coach Jamie Reidy. “I can’t say enough about him. We’ve been resting Robby Knowles, who has a groin injury.

“We had only 12 skaters tonight because of illness and injuries, and tried to conserve our energy. I felt we did a good job keeping their shots to the outside.”

The Hornets grabbed the lead at 1:55 of the first period when Alex Maston scored off a Jack Tolosky assist.

Then with 5:50 gone in the second stanza, Eric Bechard put Plattsburgh up, 2-0, with the assists going to John Anthony Fine-Lease and J.D. Side.

The Eagles cut their deficit in half on Josh Barriere’s goal, which came with 3:04 left in the second. Brenden Carnright and Brett Giroux picked up assists.

Beekmantown, however, was unable to get the equalizer.

“It was a great high school hockey game, with a great atmosphere,” said Reidy. “It’s always a fun game when we play Beekmantown because they are well coached and play a good system.

“Both teams have good players. But, absolutely, this is a big early-season win for us.”

The Eagles held a 27-20 advantage in shots on goal. Dustin Plumadore made 18 stops for Beekmantown.

Plattsburgh 2, Beekmantown 1

Beekmantown 0 1 0 — 1

Plattsburgh 1 1 0 — 2

First period- 1, PHS, Maston (Tolosky), 1:55.

Second period- 2, PHS, E. Bechard (Fine-Lease, Side), 5:50. 3, Beek, Barriere (Carnright, Giroux), 11:56.

Shots: Beekmantown 27, Plattsburgh 20.

Saves: Plumadore, Beek, 18. Ventre, PHS, 26.

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