NORWOOD — Following a 2-1 setback to St. Lawrence Central Dec. 29, Jamie Reidy and the Plattsburgh High boys’ hockey team were looking to even the score.
The Hornets did so successfully, knocking off the Larries 3-2 in the opening round of the Norwood-Norfolk Tournament Friday night in non-league action.
High School Sports Magazine
“We knew we had a shot if we stayed out of the penalty box,” Reidy said. “It was just a solid game on our part.”
Freshman goaltender Giancarlo Ventre stood tall between the pipes for Plattsburgh High, fending off 29-of-31 shots faced throughout.
“(Ventre) was exceptional all game long,” Reidy said. “He made the saves when we needed them most. Our defensemen — Eric Bechard, Michael Stetz, Noah Gagnier and Brandon Matott — kept their shots to the outside.”
Ryan Whalen opened the game’s scoring at 5:43 of the middle stanza before Kody Kocsis tied the contest at 1-all midway through the period.
Following Alex Maston’s marker with 2:33 remaining in the period, Kocsis tallied a power play to tie the game early in the third period.
However, it was Whalen, who Reidy said was playing arguably his best game as a member of the Hornets, that blasted the game-winning goal with 4:38 elapsed in the third.
The Hornets will face Norwood-Norfolk today at 1 p.m.
Plattsburgh High 3, St. Lawrence 2
St. Lawrence 0 1 1 — 2
Plattsburgh High 0 2 1 — 3
Second period- 1, PHS, Whalen (Tolosky, E. Bechard), 5:43. 2, STL, Kocsis (Baldwin, Arquiett), 10:38. 3, PHS, Maston (Tolosky), 12:27.
Third period- 4, STL, Kocsis, 1:48 (pp). 5, PHS, Whalen (E. Bechard, Tolosky), 4:38.
Shots: St. Lawrence Central 31. Plattsburgh High 19.
Saves: Ventre, PHS, 29-31, McLaughlin, STL, 16-19.
Beekmantown 10, Saranac 1
PLATTSBURGH — Senior forward Brenden Carnright picked up the elusive hat-trick, while adding an unprecedented four assists in Beekmantown’s 10-1 drubbing of Saranac at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center.
The Eagles were able to exit the first period of play with a 4-1 advantage on the scoreboard.