CHAMPLAIN — At this rate, Northeastern Clinton boys’ hockey coach Rob Francis should consider changing his team’s nickname to the “Cardiac Cougars.”
Nick Palmer’s game-winning goal helped Northeastern Clinton to its third overtime victory of the season, defeating Plattsburgh High 4-3 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play Tuesday.
“Ryan Roberts played a great game in net,” Francis said. “We were able to keep them to the outside and eliminate rebounds. We jumped out early, but they battled back. But we were able to find a way to win in overtime.”
The Cougars (6-4-1, 3-3-1) got out to a three-goal lead inside the first 23 minutes and four seconds on tallies from Reece Tucker, Ryan Marks and Dayton Roberts.
However, the lead was short lived.
Kurtis Olsen, Eric Bechard and J.D. Side helped the Hornets (7-8, 3-4) record three unanswered goals, including Side’s game-tying goal with 2:19 remaining in the third period.
But Palmer’s late-game heroics helped Northeastern Clinton capture two crucial points in the CVAC standings.
“Anytime you can pick up two points, it’s great,” Francis said. “We’re battling for home-ice advantage for the playoffs. We just have to work hard every night.”
Plattsburgh High managed a 47-25 advantage in shots on goal in the tilt, with Ryan Roberts totaling 44 saves in all.
“He’s playing really well,” Francis said. “We’ve given him a chance. He and Anthony Piche have each played well. On any good night, I’d give the nod to either one of them.”
The loss snapped the Hornets’ two-game winning streak.
“I’d like to give full marks to Northeastern Clinton for its effort (Tuesday),” Plattsburgh High coach Jamie Reidy said. “I thought it was one of the better goaltending efforts from any goalie that I’ve seen in my six years in the league.
“We need to learn on our side that we have to play a full 45 minutes, and until we learn that, we’re just spinning our tires.”
Northeastern Clinton 4, Plattsburgh High 3 (OT)
Plattsburgh High 0 1 2 0 — 3
Northeastern Clinton 1 2 0 1 — 4
1st period- 1, NCCS, Tucker, 5:04.
2ond period- 2, NCCS, Marks (Letourneau), 2:18. 3, NCCS, D. Roberts (Letourneau), 8:04. 4, PHS, Olsen (Whalen, Tolosky), 14:05.
3rd period- 5, PHS, E. Bechard, 3:00. 6, PHS, Side (Fine-Lease), 12:41.
Overtime- 7, NCCS, Palmer (Lamere), 0:26.
Shots: Plattsburgh High 47. Northeastern Clinton 25.
Saves: R. Roberts, NCCS, 44. Dashnaw, PHS, 21.
Lake Placid 4, Saranac Lake 2
SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Placid girls’ hockey team overcame a slow start to defeat Saranac Lake 4-2 Monday.
With the Upstate Girls Hockey League concluding play, the two teams competed in a tilt ruled as a nonleague game.
After falling behind 2-1, Jayde Dukette, Samantha Barney and Kylie Kroes recorded three consecutive goals to help the Blue Bombers in a come-from-behind victory.
Alexa Whitney stopped 24-of-26 shots in net to get the win. Lindsay Reeve accumulated 21 saves for the Red Storm.
Lake Placid 4, Saranac Lake 2
Lake Placid 1 2 1 — 4
Saranac Lake 2 0 0 — 2
1st period- 1, SLCS, Snyder, 2:13. 2, LP, Dukette (Godin, S. Barney), 3:50. 3, SLCS, Martin, 9:30.
2nd period- 4, LP, Dukette (Kroes), 8:49. 5, LP, S. Barney (Godin, Meyer), 1:19.
3rd period- 6, LP, Kroes (Meyer, S. Barney), 4:08.
Shots: Saranac Lake 26. Lake Placid 25.
Saves: Whitney, LP, 24. Reeve, SLCS, 21.