CHAZY — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team hasn’t been behind many times this season.
The Eagles have only suffered one loss on the season, but their hearts had to be pumping when Saranac Lake to a 1-0 lead early in the game.
Beekmantown, however, scored five unanswered goals to rally for a 5-1 victory in the first round of the Upstate Girls’ Hockey League playoffs Wednesday.
The Eagles will host Albany Academy, a 5-0 winner over Lake Placid, in Friday’s championship game at Scotts’ Rink at 6 p.m.
“We had to take care of business,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “After they scored the first goal I think the girls lost their playoff jitters and really got into their comfort zone.”
Chloe Peer gave the Red Storm the 1-0 lead on an assist from Anna Courcelle at the 3:01 mark.
Kallie Villemaire, thought, would tie it at the 18:29 mark on a power-play goal from Ashley Terry and Amy LoTemplio.
Emily Raville scored the game-winner with 4:15 remaining in the first period. Amanda Peterson collected the assist. Raville would tally twice more in the game to collect the hat trick.
Peterson lit the lamp for the lone second-period goal and finished the night with a total of three assists. Amy LoTemplio chipped in with two assists.
“Emily Raville had a hot night with the hat trick,” Guay said. “The Peterson line with Amanda and Alexis (Guay) got it going. Being seniors they really wanted to advance as much as anybody else. They know that from here on any game could be their last and they have to lead by example. They were the team leaders.”
Kayleigh Bell turned away 16 shots in goal for the Eagles. Katey Snyder made 34 saves in net for the Red Storm.
“Snyder played a great game,” Guay said.
Beekmantown 5, Saranac Lake 1
Saranac Lake 1 0 0 — 1
Beekmantown 3 1 1 — 5
First period- 1, SL, Peer (Courcelle), 3:01. 2, Beek, Villemaire (Terry, LoTemplio), pp, 18:29. 3, Beek, Raville (Peterson), 10:45. 4, Beek, Raville (Peterson, LoTemplio), 14:45.
Second period- 5, Beek, Peterson (Carnright, Raville), 11:06.
Third period- 6, Beek, Raville (Peterson, Guay), 4:29.
Shots: Beekmantown 39, Saranac Lake 17.
Saves: Bell, Beek, 16. Snyder, SL, 34.
Saranac Lake 5, Saranac 1
SARANAC LAKE — The Red Storm netted two goals in the second period to pull ahead and then added three more in the third.
Grant Strack had two goals, including the game-tying marker 9:42 into the second, and an assist. Christian Thomas tallied the go-ahead at 11:43 of the second. Nicholas Bayruns and Bradley Shumway also scored for Saranac Lake, and Quinn Urquhart earned two assists.
“We really stuck to our game plan,” Saranac Lake coach Will Ellsworth said. “First period, their goalie was seeing a lot of shots. In the second and third, we were successful down low, getting some more movement around the net and screening their goalie.”
Justin Farmer earned the win with 20 saves, and Zach Lareau had 33 for the Chiefs.
Matt McCasland scored Saranac’s goal in the first period.
Saranac Lake 5, Saranac 1
Saranac 1 0 0 — 1
Saranac Lake 0 2 3 — 5
First period- 1, Sar, McCasland (Erickson, Lilledahl), 10:28.
Second period- 2, SL, Strack (Urquhart), 9:42. 3, Thomas (Urquhart, Strack), 11:43.
Third period- 4, SL, Strack, 7:25. 5, SL, Bayruns (Thomas), 8:51. 6, SL, Shumway, 11:24.
Shots- Saranac 21, Saranac Lake 38.
Saves- Lareau, Sar, 33. Farmer, SL, 20 saves.
NCCS 5, Franklin Academy 1
MALONE — Northeastern Clinton broke open a close game with three unanswered goals in the third period.
Goals by Alex Duffy and Jordan LaMere gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the first period before Tanner Studlack answered for the Huskies on a power-play goal with 21 seconds left in the second.
But then NCCS’ Nick Palmer tallied at 2:51, Dayton Roberts at 6:12 and Josh Rabideau with a power-play goal at 13:17.
Cody Young made 16 saves in the NCCS nets and Brandon Power, making his first varsity start in goal. Stopped 20 shots for Franklin Academy.
“I felt we dominated play in the second period,” said Huskies’ coach Chuck Dievendorf. “But we seemed to run out of gas in the third. We made some mistakes and they were able to take advantage of them.”
NCCS 5, Franklin Academy
NCCS 2 0 3 — 5
Franklin Academy 0 1 0 — 1
First period- 1, NCCS, Duffy (K. Birch), :31. 2, NCCS, LaMere (Littlefield), 3:46.
Second period- 3, FA Studlack ppg (Daniels), 14:39.
Third period- 4, NCCS, Palmer (Littlefield), 2:51. 5, NCCS, Roberts, 6:12. 6, NCCS, Rabideau ppg (M. Birch, LaMere), 13:17.
Shots: NCCS 25, Franklin Academy 17.
Saves: Young, NCCS, 16. Power, FA, 20.