Giroux's hat trick lifts Hornets over Huskies

KAYLEE ADAMS/P-R PHOTOPlattsburgh High's McKenzie Brown skates up ice with the puck during a Section VII girls hockey game against Franklin Academy Tuesday at Ameri-Can North Sports Center.

PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh High's Reylyn Giroux picked up a hat trick in the Hornets' 5-2 defeat of Franklin Academy in a Section VII girls hockey game Tuesday.

Giroux opened scoring for Plattsburgh with a goal in the first seven seconds of play, and the Huskies' Whitney St. Hilaire brought the score to 1-all with a goal at the 45-second mark.

Giroux pulled the Hornets ahead with a goal in the second period off assists from Taylor Heywood and Gillian Boule.

“Our effort was inconsistent, and we lacked chemistry (Tuesday),” Plattsburgh coach Trevor Cameron said. “We struggled with moving the puck with accuracy and purpose.”

The Hornets came into the third period with a new fire, and Boule cushioned the lead with a goal at the 4:30 mark.

Franklin Academy's Alyx St. Hilaire responded 17 seconds later with a goal, but the Huskies were unable to equalize again.

Avery Holland registered a goal at the 9:20 mark for Plattsburgh, and Giroux completed her hat trick about five minutes later.

“Credit to Franklin Academy for playing physical and with heart,” Cameron said. “They outshot us in the third period, and their 12 players never quit.”

The Hornets' Ava Julian totaled 14 saves, and Gina Norcross turned away 21 shots for Franklin Academy.

“Our staff is proud of our girls for finding a way to win,” Cameron said.

Plattsburgh High 5, Franklin Academy 2

Franklin Academy 1  0  1 — 2

Plattsburgh High 1 1 3 — 5

First period- 1, PHS, Giroux (Boule), 0:07. 2, FA, W. St. Hilaire (V. St. Hilaire), 0:45.

Second period- 3, PHS, Giroux (Heywood, Boule), 8:32.

Third period- 4, PHS, Boule (Phillips), 4:30. 5, FA, A. St. Hilaire, 4:47. 6, PHS, Holland (Brown), 9:20. 7, PHS, Giroux (Reid), 14:12.

Shots- Plattsburgh 26, Franklin Academy 16.

Saves- Julian, PHS, 14. Norcross, FA, 21.

SARANAC LAKE/LAKE PLACID 2

BEEKMANTOWN 2 (OT)

SARANAC LAKE — Saranac Lake/Lake Placid and Beekmantown came to a 2-all decision after a five minute overtime period where neither team was able to pull ahead for the win.

“Penalty trouble put us down early, but our girls kept fighting and tied it up late in the third,” Eagles coach Al Ruest said. “If we are going to be successful this season, we are going to have to stay out of the penalty box.”

Beekmantown's Bailey Carter opened scoring with a goal at the 1:32 mark of the first period, and Ireland Preston responded about 12 minutes later with an equalizer for SLP.

In the second period, Dariana Patterson pulled SLP ahead by scoring at the 11:37 mark off assists from teammates Sydney Dann and Danaya Patterson.

The Eagles' Celine Juneau came through with the final goal of the game in the third period, forcing SLP into overtime.

“Strong goaltending by both teams kept the score low,” Ruest said. “Brianne Knight had an especially strong performance to keep our team in it and give us the opportunity to tie the game up.”

Knight turned away 29 shots for Beekmantown, and Olivia Ferebee had 34 saves for SLP.

Saranac Lake/Lake Placid 2, Beekmantown 2 (OT)

Beekmantown 1 0 1 0 — 2

Saranac Lake/Lake Placid 1 1 0 0 — 2

First period- 1, BCS, Carter (Ruest, Cayea), 1:32. 2, SLP, Preston (K. Gay, Dar. Patterson), 13:15, PP.

Second period- 3, SLP, Dar. Patterson (Dann, Dan. Patterson), 11:37, PP.

Third period- 4, BCS, Juneau (Coulombe), 8:33, PP.

Shots- Beekmantown 36, SLP 31.

Saves- Knight, BCS, 29. Ferebee, SLP, 34.

BOYS

SARANAC 4

FRANKLIN ACADEMY 0

PLATTSBURGH — Erick Frechette made 21 saves in net to secure a shutout for the Chiefs in their victory over the Huskies.

Nolan Knight opened scoring for Saranac with a goal at the 1:58 mark, and Austin Carpenter came through with two goals in the first period to cushion the lead for the Chiefs.

“Our transition game generated some good looks in the first period, and we capitalized on those opportunities,” Saranac assistant coach Robby Knowles said. “Frechette turned in a solid effort making key saves in the second period on a couple odd man rushes.”

The final goal for the Chiefs was made by Zach O'Connell in the third period, and Franklin Academy's Jerimiah Scharf turned away 16 shots.

“(I) give Franklin Academy credit. They sacrificed and blocked several shots,” Knowles said. “We're happy with the result, but we'll look to get better going forward.”

Saranac 4, Franklin Academy 0

Franklin Academy 0 0 0 — 0

Saranac 3 0 1 — 4

First period- 1, SCS, Knight (Eagleson), 1:58. 2, SCS, Carpenter (Buckley, Hamel), 12:08. 3, SCS, Carpenter (Buckley, Hamel), 14:08.

Third period- 4, SCS, O'Connell (Buckley, Adolfo), 0:31.

Shots- Saranac 20, Franklin Academy 21.

Saves- Frechette, SCS, 21. Scharf, FA, 16.

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