UTICA — Seven seconds separated the Beekmantown boys’ hockey team from advancing to today’s NYSPHSAA Division II championship game.
Saturday morning, however, it wasn’t meant to be.
Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt of Section III, down 3-1 with over five minutes remaining in regulation, rallied for a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime defeat of the Eagles (18-4-1) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
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“In championship hockey, these are the type of games that you get involved with. Unfortunately for us, we weren’t able to be the winner of that game,” Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette said. “We left it on the ice. That’s what I asked of them before they went out — is to believe they could win and leave it on the ice, and they did that (Saturday).”
With 6.6 seconds remaining in the third period, Brothers’ (16-8-1) leading scorer Ryan Durkin tied the game at 3-all with an extra attacker on the ice.
“They got one with kind of like a scrum going on in front,” Frechette said. “There were four or five people whacking at it, and it just got up over (Dustin) Plumadore’s pads and ended up in the back of the net.”
Freshman defenseman Sam Mueller was credited with the game-winning goal at 6:37 of overtime.
After a falling Eagles’ defenseman collided with a backchecking forward at the blue line, Mueller walked in all alone and beat Plumadore blocker side from the near-side circle.
The puck got wedged in the top-left corner of the netting, delaying the goal light from turning on.
“We had a player catch an edge and their player went on a 1-on-0 on the goalie, and it was a great shot,” Frechette said. “That’s just what happened. It wasn’t a breakdown systematically, and it wasn’t a fluke bounce. That’s how close these games are, and unfortunately we were on the short end of the stick.”