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February 14, 2013

Bechard's OT goal sends Hornets over Red Storm

SARANAC LAKE — Eric Bechard found the back of the net on a power-play goal 1:39 into overtime as Plattsburgh knocked off Saranac Lake 2-1 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference hockey Wednesday.

The Red Storm jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Ethan Sawyer buried a shot just 1:57 into the first period on an assist from Chris Spicer.



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The Hornets’ Andrew Bechard tied the game at one 1:19 into the second period on an unassisted goal.

“It was a playoff-like atmosphere,” Saranac Lake coach Will Ellsworth said. “We were pretty even in the shot department; anyone could have took it home in the third period.

“We missed on a breakaway in overtime, and they got a power play. They threw pucks on the net, and unfortunately it went in. It was a pretty tight game; the playoff hunt this year is going to be wide open.”

Robbie Knowles made 20 saves in net for Plattsburgh in the victory. Blake Darrah turned away 26 in a losing cause.

“I thought we certainly dominated in the second and third period.” Hornets coach Jamie Reidy said. “Overall I thought it was a good, solid CVAC hockey game.

“I can’t say enough about Andrew Bechard just leading our charge (Wednesday). He’s an eighth grader, and he brings a lot of energy. I also thought our defensive game was much better in our defensive zone.”

Plattsburgh 2,

Saranac Lake 1 (OT)

Plattsburgh 0 1 0 1 — 2

Saranac Lake 1 0 0 0 — 1

First period- 1, SL, Sawyer (Spicer), 1:57.

Second period- 2, PHS, A. Bechard, 1:19.

Overtime- 3, PHS, E. Bechard ppg, 1:39.

Shots: Plattsburgh 28, Saranac Lake 21.

Saves: Darrah, SL, 26. Knowles, PHS, 20.

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Beekmantown 10, Saranac 1

SARANAC — Cole Carter had two goals and three assists to lead the Eagles to a rout of the Chiefs.

Brandon Buksa and Kyle Bisonette scored 1:29 apart in the first period to get the scoring started for Beekmantown, and then Carter and Nate Foster assisted on each other’s goals to send the Eagles into the first intermission with a 4-0 lead. They added five more goals in the second.

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