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December 9, 2012

NCCS wins Missisquoi Holiday hockey tourney

MISSISQUOI, Vt. — The Northeastern Clinton boys’ hockey team was able to reel off three unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 4-2 non-league win over Missisquoi Valley in the Missisquoi Holiday Tournament Saturday.

Alex Duffy put the Cougars (2-0) on the board first with a power play marker at 9:52 of the opening stanza.

However, the lead was short lived.

Missisquoi responded with a tally of their when Jack Raleigh was able to fire a Collin Beyor pass past Northeastern Clinton goaltender Kyle McCarthy, tying the game at one.

Then, with 4:08 elapsed in the third period, Duffy scored his second of the game and fifth of the tournament to give the Cougars a one-goal lead.

Following a Thunderbirds equalizer, Kastle Birch scored the eventual game-winning goal at 9:47.

Mason Letourneau put the icing on the cake with an empty netter with eight seconds remaining in the contest.

“It was gritty performance and we spent most of the second period killing penalties,” Northeastern Clinton head coach Rob Francis said. “Our special teams did a great job, especially short handed. Defensively, we played real smart hockey.”

Alex Duffy and Zac Guay were named to All-Tournament team.

Northeastern Clinton 4, Missisquoi 2

NE Clinton 1 0 3 — 4

Missisquoi 0 1 1 — 2

First period- 1, N, Duffy (Rabideau), 9:52 (pp).

Second period- 2, M, Raleigh (Beyor), 0:06.

Third period- 3, N, Duffy (Letourneau), 4:08. 4, M, Raleigh (LaFountain), 4:34. 5, N, Birch, 9:47. 6, N, Letourneau (Tucker), 14:52 (eng).

Shots: Northeastern Clinton 24. Missisquoi 24.

Saves: McCarthy, N, 22. Muller, M, 20.

Plattsburgh 3, Ogdensburg 2

OGDENSBURGH — Eighth-grader Andrew Bechard’s goal with 4:46 gone in the third period snapped a 2-all tie and lifted the Hornets to a non-league victory.

It was the second one-goal win in a row for the Hornets (2-0).

The Blue Devils held a 1-0 lead after one on the first of two goals by Jake Garrison.

But goals four minutes apart in the second by Jack Tolosky and Eric Bechard gave PHS a 2-1 advantage before Garrison knotted the score later in the stanza.

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