December 12, 2013

Tolosky hits game-winner for Plattsburgh

SARANAC LAKE — Jack Tolosky’s goal midway through the second period broke a 2-all tie and lifted Plattsburgh High to a 3-2 victory over Saranac Lake in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference hockey action.

The Hornets held a 2-0 lead at one time before the Red Storm battled back to tie it after two.

Eric Bechard and Kurtis Olsen tallied goals in the first period for Plattsburgh.

But goals by Chris Spicer and Blake Battistoni pulled Saranac Lake even in the second before Tolosky netted the game-winner, with Bechard and John Fine-Lease adding the assists, at the 9:10 mark.

“I thought we had a good first period, with a lot of energy,” Plattsburgh coach Jamie Reidy said. “But we made a lot of mental mistakes the second half of the game. Give Saranac Lake credit, they certainly didn’t quit. They played a good third period against us.”

“Plattsburgh had a very up-tempo first period that caught us off guard,” Saranac Lake coach Will Ellsworth said. “We were able to battle back from a 2-goal deficit to tie it.

“As the game progressed, our team put together a decent third period. But we gave up way too many shots to win a hockey game.”

Plattsburgh finished with a 39-24 shot advantage. Freshman Dean Dashnaw made 22 saves for the Hornets and a busy Blake Darrah 36 stops for the Red Storm.

“Colin Giroux stood out for us — he worked hard and played a solid game,” Reidy said. “But we need to be sharper to move along.

“But any time you get two points in a league game, that’s a good thing. So, we will take it.”

Plattsburgh 3, Saranac Lake 2

Plattsburgh 2 1 0 — 3

Saranac Lake 0 2 0 — 2

First period- 1, PHS, Bechard (Tolosky, Olsen), 7:36. 2, PHS, Olsen (Fine-Lease, Bechard), 8:50.

Second period- 3, SL, Spicer (Cluckey, B. Darrah), :31. 4, SL, Battistoni (Cluckey), 3:59. 5, PHS, Tolosky (Bechard, Fine-Lease), 9:10.

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