Boys' Hockey

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Plattsburgh's Alex Maston (21) scores a goal on Beekmantown goalkeeper Dustin Plumadore (33) during Wednesday's Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys' ice hockey game. The Hornets defeated the Eagles, 2-1. (P-R PHOTO/ROB FOUNTAIN)

Ventre, PHS hold off Beekmantown in CVAC hockey

PLATTSBURGH — Freshman Giancarlo Ventre played another solid game in net and Plattsburgh High skated to a 2-1 victory over Beekmantown in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ hockey Wednesday night at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center.

The unbeaten Hornets (4-0, 3-0) continued to be stingy on defense as Ventre turned aside 26 shots. Plattsburgh has surrendered just four goals in its first four games.

“Ventre’s a freshman who’s technically sound,” said Plattsburgh coach Jamie Reidy. “I can’t say enough about him. We’ve been resting Robby Knowles, who has a groin injury.

“We had only 12 skaters tonight because of illness and injuries, and tried to conserve our energy. I felt we did a good job keeping their shots to the outside.”

The Hornets grabbed the lead at 1:55 of the first period when Alex Maston scored off a Jack Tolosky assist.

Then with 5:50 gone in the second stanza, Eric Bechard put Plattsburgh up, 2-0, with the assists going to John Anthony Fine-Lease and J.D. Side.

The Eagles cut their deficit in half on Josh Barriere’s goal, which came with 3:04 left in the second. Brenden Carnright and Brett Giroux picked up assists.

Beekmantown, however, was unable to get the equalizer.

“It was a great high school hockey game, with a great atmosphere,” said Reidy. “It’s always a fun game when we play Beekmantown because they are well coached and play a good system.

“Both teams have good players. But, absolutely, this is a big early-season win for us.”

The Eagles held a 27-20 advantage in shots on goal. Dustin Plumadore made 18 stops for Beekmantown.

Plattsburgh 2, Beekmantown 1

Beekmantown 0 1 0 — 1

Plattsburgh 1 1 0 — 2

First period- 1, PHS, Maston (Tolosky), 1:55.

Second period- 2, PHS, E. Bechard (Fine-Lease, Side), 5:50. 3, Beek, Barriere (Carnright, Giroux), 11:56.

Shots: Beekmantown 27, Plattsburgh 20.

Saves: Plumadore, Beek, 18. Ventre, PHS, 26.

Saranac Lake 4, NCCS 2

SARANAC LAKE — Nicholas Bayruns scored two goals, while eighth-grader Drew Sturgeon scored his first varsity goal and assisted on two others as the Red Storm topped the Cougars at the Saranac Lake Civic


Mason Letourneau gave Northeastern Clinton the lead at 13:47 of the first period.

But Bayruns tied it with just 37 seconds gone in the second and Sturgeon put Saranac Lake ahead to stay at the 6:35 mark.

“Overall, we played pretty well,” said Saranac Lake coach Will Ellsworth. “But we came out sloppy in the first period.

“We turned in around right away, however, early in the second. We were able to get two garbage goals, and I mean that in a good way, in the period. The goals were the result of hard work.”

Bayruns tallied his second goal of the game with 3:22 gone in the third to give the Red Storm a 3-1 advantage.

But a goal by Kastle Birch at the 9:35 mark pulled the Cougars back to within one. Grant Strack, however, sealed it for Saranac Lake (3-2-1, 1-1) with an empty-net marker with 35 seconds remaining in regulation time.

Blake Darrah made 23 saves in the Red Storm nets and Kyle McCarthy stopped 21 shots for the Cougars.

“I’m pretty pleased with our start to the season,” said Ellsworth. “Tonight, we were able to get a big lift from one of our eighth-graders.”

Saranac Lake 4, NCCS 2

NCCS 1 0 1 — 2

Saranac Lake 0 2 2 — 4

First period- 1, NCCS, Letourneau, 13:47.

Second period- 2, SL, Bayruns (Strack, Sturgeon), :37. 3, SL, Sturgeon, 6:35.

Third period- 4, SL, Bayruns (Sturgeon), 3:22. 5, NCCS, Birch, 9:35. 6, SL, Strack eng, 14:25.

Shots: NCCS 25, Saranac Lake 24.

Saves: McCarthy, NCCS, 21. Darrah, SL, 23.


Franklin Academy 3, Salmon River 3

SALMON RIVER — Kyle Lewis scored for the Shamrocks with 29 seconds remaining in regulation to capture a tie with the Huskies.

Salmon River took a 2-1 lead after the second period on goals from Kyle Cree and Jared Grey.

Cameron Daniels scored the first goal of the game for Franklin Academy (3-0-1, 4-0-1). Jacob Henning collected the assist.

Tanner Studlack tied the game at two to start the third period on an assist from Daniels. Daniels and Studlack then picked up the assists on Bailey Conklin’s goal to five the Huskies a 3-2 lead.

Trailing by one and with time ticking away, Salmon River was forced to pull its goalie and played 6-on-5 when Lewis tallied the game-tying goal.

Joey Brown turned away 25 shots in goal for the Huskies. Dennis Bero made 20 saves in net for the Shamrocks.

Franklin Academy 3, Salmon River 3

Franklin Academy 0 1 2 — 3

Salmon River 0 2 1 — 3

Second period- 1, FA, Daniels (Henning), 0:54. 2, SR, Cree (Laffin), 12:54. 3, SR, Grey (Roundpoint),14:23.

Third period- 4, FA, Studlack (Daniels), 4:12. 5, FA, Conklin (Studlack, Daniels), 13:00. 6, SR, Lewis (Laffin), 14:31.

Shots: Salmon River 28, Franklin Academy 23,

Saves: Brown, FA, 25. Bero, SR, 20.