December 13, 2012

Eagles gain revenge on Sandstoners in girls' hockey


POTSDAM — In a rematch of last season’s Upstate Girl’s Hockey League championship game the score was again 2-1.

This time, thought, it was Beekmantown that came away victorious over Potsdam.

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Katie Matott scored an unassisted goal at the 7:33 mark of the third period to break a 1-all tie and keep the Eagles (4-0) undefeated on the season.

“Potsdam has been doing very well,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “Last year we met them in the finals … these two teams always come out to play each other. It’s a really good rival match — especially in their barn.”

Emily Raville opened the game’s scoring with a goal at the 10:22 mark of the first period with Matott credited with the assist.

The game would remain 1-0 until the Sandstoners’ Megan Plumb tied it at one with 4:30 remaining in the second period. Megan Stevenson picked up the assist.

“My girls came out strong in the first,” Guay said. “We took a step back in the second, but in the third we came out strong again and were able to put it together.

“We were strong offensively, but we struggled defensively. The 20 shots is the most we have received this season. Kayleigh (Bell) stood up to the test.”

Bell finished with 19 saves in net for Beekmantown. Allie Compeau stopped 14 shots in the loss for Potsdam.

“This was a good tune up for the St. Albans’ tournament this weekend,” Guay said. “The tempo there will be as good if not better.”

Beekmantown 2, Potsdam 1

Beekmantown 1 0 1 — 2

Potsdam 0 1 0 — 1

First period- 1, Beek, Raville (Matott), 10:22.

Second period- 2, P, Plumb (Stevenson), 10:30.

Third period- 3, Beek, Matott, 7:33.

Shots: Potsdam 20, Beekmantown 16.

Saves: Bell, B, 19. Compeau, P, 14.


Plattsburgh 3, Saranac 0

PLATTSBURGH — Eric Bechard scored two goals and Giancarlo Ventre recorded the shutout in net as the Hornets continued their winning ways by blanking the Chiefs in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play at the Plattsburgh State Field House.

Bechard tallied the lone goal in the first period and then Alex Maston and Bechard scored in the first three minutes of the second to make it 3-0.

Jack Tolosky picked up two assists, while John Anthony Fine-Lease and Andrew Bechard each had one for Plattsburgh, which is off to a 3-0 start to the season, including a 2-0 mark in league play.

The Hornets have allowed just three goals combined in their first three contests.

Ventre, in his first varsity start, finished with 23 saves in the PHS nets and Zach Lareau stopped 28 shots for the Chiefs.

“We had some breakdowns in our defensive end and that’s something we need to work on,” said Saranac coach Ed Davis. “And we’re not creating quality scoring chances down low. We have to crash the net more.

“But we had to play back-to-back games and our kids showed a lot of heart.”

Plattsburgh 3, Saranac 0

Saranac 0 0 0 — 0

Plattsburgh 1 2 0 — 3

First period- 1, PHS, E. Bechard (Tolosky), 11:38.

Second period- 2, PHS, Maston (Tolosky), 1:17. 3, PHS, E. Bechard (Fine-Lease, A. Bechard), 2:22.

Shots: Plattsburgh 31, Saranac 23.

Saves: Ventre, PHS, 23. Lareau, Sar, 28.