MISSISQUOI, Vt. — The Northeastern Clinton boys’ hockey team was able to reel off three unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 4-2 non-league win over Missisquoi Valley in the Missisquoi Holiday Tournament Saturday.
Alex Duffy put the Cougars (2-0) on the board first with a power play marker at 9:52 of the opening stanza.
However, the lead was short lived.
Missisquoi responded with a tally of their when Jack Raleigh was able to fire a Collin Beyor pass past Northeastern Clinton goaltender Kyle McCarthy, tying the game at one.
Then, with 4:08 elapsed in the third period, Duffy scored his second of the game and fifth of the tournament to give the Cougars a one-goal lead.
Following a Thunderbirds equalizer, Kastle Birch scored the eventual game-winning goal at 9:47.
Mason Letourneau put the icing on the cake with an empty netter with eight seconds remaining in the contest.
“It was gritty performance and we spent most of the second period killing penalties,” Northeastern Clinton head coach Rob Francis said. “Our special teams did a great job, especially short handed. Defensively, we played real smart hockey.”
Alex Duffy and Zac Guay were named to All-Tournament team.
Northeastern Clinton 4, Missisquoi 2
NE Clinton 1 0 3 — 4
Missisquoi 0 1 1 — 2
First period- 1, N, Duffy (Rabideau), 9:52 (pp).
Second period- 2, M, Raleigh (Beyor), 0:06.
Third period- 3, N, Duffy (Letourneau), 4:08. 4, M, Raleigh (LaFountain), 4:34. 5, N, Birch, 9:47. 6, N, Letourneau (Tucker), 14:52 (eng).
Shots: Northeastern Clinton 24. Missisquoi 24.
Saves: McCarthy, N, 22. Muller, M, 20.
Plattsburgh 3, Ogdensburg 2
OGDENSBURGH — Eighth-grader Andrew Bechard’s goal with 4:46 gone in the third period snapped a 2-all tie and lifted the Hornets to a non-league victory.
It was the second one-goal win in a row for the Hornets (2-0).
The Blue Devils held a 1-0 lead after one on the first of two goals by Jake Garrison.
But goals four minutes apart in the second by Jack Tolosky and Eric Bechard gave PHS a 2-1 advantage before Garrison knotted the score later in the stanza.
Eric Bechard and Brandon Matott then assisted on Andrew Bechard’s game-winning goal in the third.
Robby Knowles turned away 18 shots in net for PHS, which held a 26-20 advantage in shots on goal.
“We got solid goaltending from Robby and we expect that from him,” said PHS coach Jamie Reidy. “This was a gut check game for us because we had some illness and only 12 players. So, we were short staffed.
“But our younger players like freshmen Devin Clarke, J.D. Side and Kevin Dandrow, along with Andrew Bechard, stepped up. It was a physical game and they got introduced to high school hockey. They did a great job.”
The Hornets return to Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play Wednesday in a 5:30 p.m. start against Saranac at the Plattsburgh State Field House.
Plattsburgh 0 2 1 — 3
Ogdensburg 1 1 0 — 2
First period- 1, OFA, Garrison ppg (Mullin).
Second period- 2, PHS, Tolosky (Matott), 2:01. 3, PHS, E. Bechard (Tolosky), 5:59. 4, OFA, Garrison (Coseigan), 8:33.
Third period- 5, PHS, A. Bechard (E. Bechard, Matott), 4:46.
Shots: Plattsburgh 26, OFA 20.
Saves: Knowles, PHS, 18, Prudhomme, OFA, 23.
Franklin Academy 6, Thousand Islands 2
MALONE — Franklin Academy erased an early 1-0 deficit with four goals later in the first period skated to a 6-2 win over Thousand Islands in Northern Athletic Conference boys’ hockey.
Trevor Cooley, Shawn Mulverhill, Jake Henning and Elliot Vanier all scored goals in the first period for the Huskies (2-0).
Tanner Studlack added two third-period tallies for Franklin Academy, one into an open net.
Joey Brown had another solid game in net for the Huskies with 41 saves.
Cam Morgan and Kyle Delaney scored goals for Thousand Islands, which held a 43-24 shot advantage.
“We gave up a lot of shots, but our kids did a good job keeping most of them to the outside,” said FA coach Chuck Dievendorf. “We also did a good job taking advantage of our scoring opportunities.”
The Huskies play at Northeastern Clinton on Tuesday in a non-league game.
Franklin Academy 6,
Thousand Islands 2
Thousand Islands 1 1 0 — 2
Franklin Academy 4 0 2 — 6
First half- 1, TI, Morgan (Charlesbois), :57. 2, FA, Cooley (Henning, Mulverhill), 1:32. 3, FA, Mulverhill (Henning), 8:51. 4, FA, Henning (Cooley, Mulverhill), 9:26. 5, FA, Vanier (Bartenslager), 10:08.
Second period- 6, TI, Delaney (Dier), 14:59.
Third period- 7, FA, Studlack (Head), 9:47. 8, FA, Studlack eng, 14:43.
Shots: Thousand Islands 43, Franklin Academy 24.
Saves: Strough, James, TI, 18. Brown, FA, 41.
BEEKMANTOWN 4, ALEXANDRIA BAY 0
ALEXANDRIA BAY — The first 30 minutes of play wasn’t enough time for the Beekmantown girls’ hockey team to achieve a comfortable lead against Alexandria Bay Saturday.
But a three-goal third period helped the Eagles (4-0) keep their undefeated season in check in a 4-0 defeat of the Purple Ghosts in non-league action.
Emily Raville opened the game’s scoring after taking a pass from Katie Matott and firing a shot past goaltender Kayla Rios, for a 1-0 lead following the middle stanza.
“We changed up our lineup in the second period and it proved to be the difference maker,” Beekmantown head coach Ray Guay said. “The Raville-Amanda Peterson-Clara Giroux line got clicking and produced in the third period.”
Giroux got on the score sheet just two minutes into the third period with the assist credited to Peterson.
Raville picked up her second of the game at 13:02, while Peterson put the icing on the cake with her first marker at the 14:14 mark.
“They didn’t get one shot on us in the third period,” Guay said. “Alexandria Bay was a physical team, which had a few players who could really let it fly. Their goaltender made some great saves.”
Kayleigh Bell fended off 11 shots in the win, while Rios was faced with a busy afternoon in a 62-save performance.
The Eagles’ next regular season game is Wednesday at Potsdam for a non-league tilt.
The puck is set to drop for 6:30 p.m.
Alexandria Bay 0
Beekmantown 0 1 3 — 4
Alexandria Bay 0 0 0 — 0
Second period- 1, B, Raville (Mattot), 13:01.
Third period- 2, B, Giroux (Peterson), 2:00. 3, B, Raville (Peterson), 13:02. 4, B, Peterson (Giroux), 14:14.
Shots: Beekmantown 66. Alexandria Bay 11.
Saves: Bell, B, 11. Rios, AB, 62.