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January 23, 2014

Bombers beat Eagles, take over first place

LAKE PLACID — Tucker Angelopoulos stood tall in net with 38 saves and the Lake Placid boys took over sole possession of first place in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference hockey with a 4-2 victory over Beekmantown Wednesday night.

Kiefer Casler’s goal put the Blue Bombers ahead, 2-1, early in the second period and Nzoni Thompson’s short-handed marker gave Lake Placid a 2-goal advantage midway through.

Brendan Davison pulled the Eagles to within one with 3:39 left in the second before Bjorn Kroes added the finishing touch for the Blue Bombers with 4:23 gone in the third.

The game was tied, at 1-all, after one, with Josh Barriere putting the Eagles on the board at 12:30 and Chris Williams answering the Blue Bombers shortly after, at 13:46.

Beekmantown held a 40-18 advantage in shots and Angelopoulous saves all but two of them. Dustin Plumadore stopped 14 shots for the Eagles.

“We found a way to win (Wednesday) and a key factor in that was our goaltending,” Lake Placid coach Keith Clark said. “Tucker played real solid. We were on our heels in the first period as Beekmantown set the pace of play. They are a strong skating team and we started the game too tentative.

“But I was happy how our guys dug down and found a way to pull it out. We definitely played better in the later stages of the game and had a variety of guys take advantage of scoring opportunities.”

The Blue Bombers jump out of league play for two road games this weekend.

“We travel to Section III this weekend and we play at Hamilton College and at SUNY Oswego against Clinton and Fulton, respectively,” Clark said.

Lake Placid 4, Beekmantown 2

Beekmantown 1 1 0 — 2

Lake Placid 1 2 1 — 4

First period- 1, Beek, Barriere (Hebert), 12:30. 2, LP, Williams (Thompson, Smith), 13:46.

Second period- 3, LP, Casler (McNierney), 3:27. 4, LP, Thompson shg (Williams), 8:18. 5, Beek, Davison (Pepper), 11:21.

Third period- 6, LP, Kroes, 4:23.

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