GLENS FALLS — With just one conference game in the books, Lake Placid was looking for a signature victory to solidify itself as a team capable of running the table during its 2012-2013 campaign.
The Blue Bombers (6-0, 1-0), who received a hat-trick performance from Eddie Kane, remained unbeaten with a 5-3 non-league win over traditional powerhouse Glens Falls at the Glens Falls Civic Center Saturday night.
Following two goals in the opening stanza, Lake Placid fired three markers in the middle period with one from Keegan Barney and the other from Kane.
“After a strong first period, we played arguable our best hockey of the season in the second,” Lake Placid head coach Keith Clark said. “However, we didn’t maintain that in the third and they took advantage.”
Following a late goal with 35 seconds remaining in the second, the Indians (2-7, 1-3) added two more in the third to cut the differential to two goals.
However, the Section II representative was unable to register the comeback.
“We let up a bit,” Clark said. “We’re trying to be more consistent from start to finish. There’s a low point in every game where we have a six or seven minute time frame of turning the puck over. They’re a proud program and they made us work for the win.”
The Blue Bombers return to the ice Thursday and Friday for a two-game slate in Middlebury, Vt., versus Brattleboro and Middlebury.
Lake Placid 5, Glens Falls 3
Lake Placid 2 3 0 — 5
Glens Falls 0 1 2 — 3
First period- 1, LP, Kane (Jacques), 3:33. 2, LP, McNierney (Damp, Preston), 6:33.
Second period- 3, LP, Barney (Kane, Thompson), 2:01 (pp). 4, LP, Kane (Damp), 7:18. 5, LP, Kane (Preston, Jacques), 12:44. 5, GF, Atkins (Meyers), Sullivan), 14:25.
Third period- 6, GF, Hill (Sullivan), 10:49. 7, GF, Bulmer (Murphy).
Shots: Lake Placid 27. Glens Falls 15.
Saves: Smith (5), Cassidy (4), Angelopoulos (3), LP, 12. Kuhn (16), Mello (9), GF, 25.
Beekmantown 7, South Glens Falls/Hudson Falls 0
PLATTSBURGH — Beekmantown hockey coach Justin Frechette was searching for a better overall performance following his team’s heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Plattsburgh High Dec. 19.
It’s safe to say the fourth-year head coach got just what he was looking for.
Natahan Foster exploded for four goals, while senior forward Brenden Carnright added five assists as the Eagles (3-1, 0-1) blanked South Glens Falls/Hudson Falls 7-0 at the Ameri-Can Sports Center.
“As a team, we talked about overcoming adversity and playing our brand of hockey — moving the puck and playing smart,” Frechette said. “We responded by playing great team hockey. It was key for us to bounce back and respond, especially coming off a tough loss.”
Austin Bradish gave Beekmantown a 1-0 first-period lead at 13:34.
Then, Kyle Bisonette extended the differential to two goals with just 1:04 elapsed in the middle stanza before Cole Carter tallied a marker of his own on the one-man advantage one minute later.
Foster buried four consecutive goals during a 16 minute and 52-second span to close out the game’s scoring.
Dustin Plumadore was credited with the shutout between the pipes for the Eagles, fending off 24 total shots.
South Glens Falls/Hudson Falls 0
South Glens Falls 0 0 0 — 0
Beekmantown 1 4 2 — 7
First period- 1, BCS, Bradish (Carnright), 13:34.
Second period- 2, BCS, Bisonette (Carnright), 1:04. 3, BCS, C. Carter (Carnright, Bisonette), 2:04 (pp). 4, BCS, Foster (Carnright), 5:46. 5, BCS, Foster (Carnright), 11:35 (pp).
Third period- 6, BCS, Foster (Constanty), 1:01. 7, BCS, Foster (Barriere), 12:22.
Shots: Beekmantown 44. South Glens Fall 24.
Saves: Price (24), Murphy (13), SGF/HF, 37. Plumadore, BCS, 24.
Norwood-Norfolk 7, Saranac 3
BRASHER FALLS — Kaden Pickering scored three goals and Norwood-Norfolk skated past the Chiefs in the opening round of the St. Lawrence Central Hockey Tournament.
Troy Kovach added two goals, while Cody Munson and Cody Smith chipped in with one apiece for the Flyers.
Norwood-Norfolk held a 2-1 lead after one and a 5-2 advantage after two.
“We gave up a quick goal to start the game, but were able to come back,” said Saranac coach Ed Davis. “But that’s been the theme of the season for us. We’re giving up goals early in periods and letting our opponent come right back to score after we score.
“We work on our defensive zone coverage all the time. We’re making way too many mistakes in our end, however, and having too many breakdowns. We need to be more physical and use our size.”
Matt McCasland, Kyle Erickson and Jacob Lilledahl scored goals for Saranac, with McCasland getting two assists and Erickson, one.
“We’ve been scoring more goals than we did last year,” said Davis.
Kyler MacIntyre made 22 saves in the Norwood-Norfolk nets and Zach Lareau 31 stops for Saranac, which was outshot by a 38-25 margin.
The Chiefs are back on the ice today with a noon contest against the Islanders, a combined team from Alexandria Bay and Thousand Islands.
Norwood-Norfolk 7, Saranac 3
Saranac 1 1 1 — 3
Norwood-Norfolk 2 3 2 — 7
First period- 1, N-N, Kovach (Doran), :35. 2, Sar, McCasland (Erickson), 12:43. 3, N-N, Pickering (Cousineau), 14:19.
Second period- 4, N-N, Munson (Smith), 3:10. 5, N-N, Kovach, 8:25. 6, Sar, Erickson (McCasland), 11:28. 7, N-N, Pickering (Cousineau), 12:18.
Third period- 8, Sar, Lilledahl, (McCasland), 4:54. 9, N-N, Pickering (Fyckes), 9:42. 10, N-N, Smith (Kovach, Doran), 11:21.
Shots: Norwood-Norfolk 38, Saranac 25.
Saves: MacIntyre, N-N, 22. Lareau, Sar, 31.
Beekmantown 2, Albany Academy 1
CHAZY — Beekmantown scored two first period goals and that proved to be the difference as the Eagles beat Albany Academy.
Katie Matott notched the first goal for Beekmantown, but Albany’s Mairelle McHale evened the score just 43 seconds later.
Emily Raville then broke the tie 13 minutes into the period. That goal proved to be the difference.
“We got lucky in the first with two,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “We had opportunities, we just came up short.”
The Eagles pepper Albany’s Zoe Shannon with 41 shots in the game. At the other end of the ice, Kayleigh Bell turned aside 18 of the 19 shots she faced.
“It was up and down, it could have went either way at any time,” Guay said.
“We’ll take it, it’s a win. It wasn’t fancy, but, hey, they all can’t be 8-1 games.”
The Eagles will host Lake Placid tomorrow at 6 p.m., at Scotts Rink in Chazy.
Beekmantown 2, Albany Academy 1
Albany Academy 1 0 0 — 1
Beekmantown 2 0 0 — 2
First period- 1, Beek, Mattot (Villemaire), 6:01. 2, AA, McHale, 6:44. 3, Beek, Raville (Peterson), 13:12.
Shots: Albany Academy 19, Beekmantown 41.
Saves: Bell, Beek, 18. Shannon, AA, 39.