BY RICKY ST. CLAIR
PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown boys’ hockey team took care of business Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles (6-2) exploded for 11 goals in the first two periods of play en route to a 13-1 drubbing of Section II Guilderland-Mohonasen.
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“I think that’s a mark of any good team is how you come out and start the game regardless of who you’re playing,” Beekmantown fourth-year coach Justin Frechette said. “I was really happy with how the boys came out and ran the systems right from the get-go, and played with that up-tempo, fast-paced style we try to play with.”
The top forward line of Nathan Foster (2-1-3), Cole Carter (1-3-4) and Brandon Buksa (0-2-2) combined for nine points on the afternoon, while providing a spark for a balanced offensive attack.
“I think we have three good lines that generate offense for us,” Frechette said. “Every night, it’s someone different. They’re all kids who are capable of making those momentum changing plays in a hockey game. (Saturday), it was that Buksa line, but it could be any one of our three lines on any given night.”
Following an ejection that resulted in a suspension to starting goaltender Austin McCrum Friday, the Dutch Warriors (0-9) were forced to play freshman Timmy Brisley between the pipes.
Brisley was able to make a significant number of saves off initial shots and it was essential for the Eagles to crash the net for rebound opportunities. With four goals on 25 shots in the opening stanza, senior captain Austin Bradish (2-0-2) emphasized the need for second chance scoring opportunities in-between periods.
“I think we needed to pick our heads up a little bit more,” Bradish said. “Once we started moving the puck and running the systems that we should, we became more opportunistic in front.”
A trio of brothers — Brett, Cameron and Ely Giroux — were able to register their first career varsity goals in the rout.
“I’ve been coaching for (12 years) and that’s one of the most unique things I’ve ever been a part of,” Frechette said. “It’s just a special day for the Giroux family and our hockey program. It couldn’t happen to a better family or three
better players. They’re truly the epitome of what team players are. You can’t get much better than the Giroux boys.”
For a team solely based around camaraderie and togetherness, junior forward Kyle Bisonette, who totaled two goals and an assist on the afternoon, was pleased with his team’s effort and intensity throughout.
“It’s just good to see the young kids get in there and see our other teammates support them just like they do for us,” Bisonette said. “To see them produce like we did; it’s just a great feeling.”
The Eagles will travel to Rouses Point Wednesday for a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference showdown with Northeastern Clinton.
“We’ve got to capitalize on finishing backdoor opportunities and two-on-one chances,” Carter said. “We need to get out and match their intensity, and get a quick start.”
Tanner Roser, Seth Holder and Brantley Marion also contributed for markers in the 12-goal win.
Beekmantown 13, Guilderland-Mohonasen 1
Guilderland-Mohonasen 0 1 0 — 1
Beekmantown 4 7 2 — 13
First period- 1, BCS, B. Giroux (Barriere), 4:57 (pp). 2, BCS, C. Carter (Buksa, Foster), 8:05. 3, BCS, Foster (C. Carter, Buksa), 13:34. 4, BCS, Bradish (Carnright, Marion), 14:51.
Second period- 5, G, Dombrowski, 0:18. 6, BCS, Bradish (Bisonette), 1:22. 7, BCS, Bisonette (C. Carter), 1:46 (pp). 8, BCS, Foster (C. Carter), 3:06. 9, BCS, E. Giroux (K. Carter, C. Giroux), 5:38. 10, BCS, Bisonette (Dominy), 9:09. 11, BCS, Roser, 10:09. 12, BCS, C. Giroux (K. Carter), 14:40 (pp).
Third period- 13, BCS, Holder (Waterbury), 5:56. 14, BCS, Marion, 12:01.
Shots: Beekmantown 48. Guilderland-Mohonasen 8.
Saves: Plumadore, BCS, 7. Brisley, G, 35.