PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown boys’ hockey team broke the game open with three second-period goals Wednesday night and skated to a 4-0 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference victory over Plattsburgh High at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center.
Josh Barriere and Nathan Foster scored two goals each for the Eagles (8-1, 4-0), while Dustin Plumadore was in net for the shutout with 28 saves.
“I was real proud of the guys,” Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette said. “We were able to set the tempo, get the puck down low and get our cycling going.
“We played excellent in the neutral zone and I thought special teams were the difference in the game. We played real well on the power play and penalty kill.”
Dean Dashnaw turned away 24 shots for the Hornets (5-6, 2-3), who were outshot by a 30-28 edge.
“Plattsburgh has a lot of skilled players and good offensive players,” Frechette said. “We were able to keep them off the board.
“We had a couple of players not available and some of the younger players, like eighth-grader Nathan Hebert, stepped up for us on defense. Playing in a big environment didn’t bother him.”
The Hornets played a good first period, but had nothing to show for it with Barriere scoring the lone goal of the stanza at 13:36.
Beekmantown then took charge in the second, with Foster making it 2-0 just 36 seconds in, followed by Barriere at 4:39 and Foster at 14:14.
“(Wednesday) was one of those games where we were able, as coaches, to teach a lot of life lessons,” Plattsburgh High coach Jamie Reidy said. “As coaches at this level, it’s not always about wins and losses — it’s about playing the game with discipline and respecting our opposition at all times. I was proud of the way our boys played with class.
“We’ll get back to work (today). I reminded the boys the last time I checked, all CVAC teams make the playoffs.”