CHAZY — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team saved its best for last.
Katie Matott helped the Eagles (8-0-1, 3-0) rally from their first deficit of the season with a game-winning goal at 1:24 of overtime in a 4-3 Upstate Girls’ Hockey League victory over Lake Placid at Scotts’ Memorial Rink Saturday.
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Yet, the game was almost decided in the final moments of regulation.
With a faceoff to the right of Blue Bombers (5-2, 2-1) goaltender Tanner Stanton, Beekmantown head coach Ray Guay elected to pull Kayleigh Bell for an extra attacker.
After Lake Placid won the draw, a defenseman banked the puck off the far-side boards and off the side of the net as the buzzer sounded.
“It was probably a risky move I made with seven seconds left, but sometimes as a coach you take those chances to try and get the win in regulation for the two points,” Guay said. “(Matott) had previously scored a goal off the draw, and we had a set play in store. We weren’t able to capitalize, but executed in overtime.”
Following a scoreless first period, Matott ripped a wrist shot in the slot at 1:13 of the second period. Kinnan Latremore was credited with the assist, putting Beekmantown up, 1-0.
“(Matott) is very patient with the puck and has a nose for the net,” Guay said. “She was able to capitalize on two shots by picking the corners. For her age, she’s doing very well.”
After goals from Lake Placid’s Emily Godin and Beekmantown’s Emily Raville, the Eagles took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
With one minute and seven seconds gone in the final stanza, Lake Placid defenseman Carissa Kennedy floated a puck on net from center ice that slipped past Bell and into the back of the net.