February 10, 2013

Beekmantown returns to Upstate Girls title game

CANTON — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team has been here before.

In fact, the Eagles have become accustomed to playing for the Upstate Girls Hockey League championship.

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This time, however, Beekmantown is looking to take home the hardware.

The Eagles captured a 3-2 victory over Kenmore in Saturday’s semifinal game, and Potsdam held up its end of the bargain with a 3-1 win over Alexandria Bay to setup a rematch of last season’s championship game.

The Sandstoners took home the title last season with a 2-1 victory.

“We have Potsdam (today),” Eagles coach Ray Guay said. “It will be the third time in five years we will meet them in the finals. It’s our fourth finals.

“Hopefully this one we can get it done. That’s all I have to say — I am tired of being second fiddle. Postdam played a good game, but I think we can matchup with them, without a doubt.”

To land in today’s title game, Beekmantown had to escape with a one-goal victory over Kenmore.

Amanda Peterson tallied a goal on an assist from Emily Raville at the 5:22 mark to give the Eagles the early lead. But, with 2:44 remaining in the first period, Jill Battista foudnt he back of the net to tie it at one.

Katie Matott gave Beekmantown the lead for good with a goal at the 9:20 mark of the second period. Kiley Regan supplied the assist.

Raville made it a two-goal game on an assist from Alexis Guay and Peterson. Shannon Munley scored with 6:22 remaining, but Kenmore would get no closer.

“We got a goal 9:20 into the second and an early one in the third,” Guay said. “We felt good at that point, but at any time they had two girls who were sharp shooters.

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