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.
Shots: Beekmantown 40, Lake Placid 18.
Saves: Plumadore, Beek, 14. Angelopoulos, LP, 38.
PLATTSBURGH 2, SARANAC LAKE 0
PLATTSBURGH — Both goaltenders were strong as the Hornets defeated the Red Storm.
Dean Dashnaw recorded the shutout in the Hornets’ nets with 18 saves and Blake Darrah turned aside 31 of 33 shots for Saranac Lake.
It was a scoreless game before John Fine-Lease scored a power-play goal at 1:11 of the second period to give Plattsburgh the lead.
Eric Bechard then added an insurance goal for the Hornets with 3:33 gone in the third period.
“I thought we played a complete hockey game and we were due for one,” Plattsburgh coach Jamie Reidy said. “Dean Dashnaw deserves a lot of credit for working hard day in and day out. We are starting to see him progress nicely between the pipes.
“Eric Bechard had a great individual effort on our second goal — he is a special player at this level. He always does what’s asked of him and puts the team in front of his personal accomplishments. He’s a great kid who is a pleasure to coach.
“The league will remain close in the standings until the final week, which is no surprise. We just have to stay the course and keep the game simple as our younger players continue to improve.”
Plattsburgh 2, Saranac Lake 0
Saranac Lake 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 0 1 1 — 2
Second period- 1, PHS, Fine-Lease ppg (Whalen. E. Bechard), 1:11.
Third period- 2, PHS, E. Bechard (A. Bechard), 3:33.
Shots: Plattsburgh 33, Saranac Lake 18.
Saves: Dashnaw, PHS, 18. Darrah, SL, 31.
N’EASTERN CLINTON 4, SARANAC 1
PLATTSBURGH — Dayton Roberts scored two second-half goals and they stood up as the Cougars skated past the Chiefs.
Danny Bridgeman cut Saranac’s deficit to one in the third period before Jordan LaMere and Nick LeDuc tallied late for Northeastern Clinton.
Ryan Roberts made 30 saves in net for the Cougars the get the victory and Jeff Smith stopped 38 shots for the Chiefs.
“I felt we played a pretty good game,” Saranac assistant coach Mark LeClair said. “Northeastern Clinton capitalized on our mistakes. I also felt that our younger group of players played well.”
Northeastern Clinton 4, Saranac 1
Northeastern Clinton 0 2 2 — 4
Saranac 0 0 1 — 1
Second period- 1, NCCS, D. Roberts (Tucker), 2:46. 2, NCCS, D. Roberts, 12:39.
Third period- 3, Sar, Bridgeman (A. Fisher, K. Fisher), 9:57. 4, NCCS, LaMere (Roberts), 13:12. 5, NCCS, LeDuc, 13:17.
Shots: NCCS 42, Saranac 31.
Saves: R. Roberts, NCCS, 30. Smith, Sar, 38.