Nate Foster, though, was the driving force of Beekmantown’s offense, registering all three goals in the one-goal loss.
“In championship hockey, your best players have to be your best players. (Foster) is just an explosive, elite athlete,” Frechette said. “He finds ways to make big plays in big games, and he did that again (Saturday) scoring a hat trick in a state semifinal game.”
During the first 11 minutes of the first period, the Eagles were stationary and down 8-1 in shots on goal.
Foster’s first of three goals with 3:56 remaining in the first helped spark Beekmantown, which carried into the second period and the first three-quarters of the third period.
“I just stressed to them that they needed to settle down, go back to our systems, play Beekmantown hockey and that it’s no different than any other game,” Frechette said. “I thought the boys listened to that and did that. Once we started doing that and playing the way we had to play, we started putting pucks in the net.”
Despite a 32-19 disadvantage in shots on goal, Frechette was pleased with the way his players battled throughout.
“I can’t be more proud of a group of young men, coaches and the school that I’m a part of,” Frechette said. “We went into the third period up 3-1, and I can’t ask for anything more.”
Plumadore finished with 28 saves on 32 shots faced, while Brothers’ netminder Tim Decker accumulated 16 saves.
Matt LaClair, Kyle Bisonette and Brenden Carnright accounted for assists on two of three Foster goals.
Frechette said he and his team were proud to represent the North Country at the state semifinals.
“I’m glad to represent Section VII, Beekmantown and the North Country,” Frechette said. “I’m proud of the way our kids played with class throughout this entire game.”