CHAZY — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team made it look easy, scoring three goals in a three-minute span during the first period Friday.
But it didn’t turn out to be all that easy in the Eagles’ 4-2 victory over Albany Academy, for the Upstate Girls’ Hockey League championship.
“We put together three good periods of hockey, but so did they,” Beekmantown coach Ray Guay said. “They were a different team than the one we saw at the beginning of the season.”
The Eagles (18-1-1) came out flying and grabbed a 3-0 lead.
It was Katie Matott from Kallie Villemaire at 4:00, Alexis Guay from Emily Raville and Amanda Peterson at 5:23, and Peterson off a Matott assist at 7:10.
“We jumped out of the box early,” Guay said. “But Albany Academy came to play. It was a fast-paced game.”
Albany Academy rallied in the second period on goals by Teagan Ketchum at 3:57 and Maura Mulligan at 6:21 to pull to within one.
But Peterson scored her second goal of the game with 23 seconds remaining in the second.
“For sure, I was nervous when they got to within 3-2,” Guay said. “But Peterson’s goal was a big one going into the third.
“We then went on the defensive in the third to keep their offense in check. Our forwards did a good job back checking and that was a key in the win.”
Beekmantown held a 27-13 shot advantage, with Kayleigh Bell making 11 saves in the Eagles’ nets. Zoe Shanon stopped 23 shots for Albany Academy.
The Eagles now move into state play where they will play a team out of Buffalo in the first round.
Albany Academy 2
Albany Academy 0 2 0 — 2
Beekmantown 3 0 0 — 3
First period- 1, Beek, Matott (Villemaire), 4:00. 2, Beek, A. Guay (Raville, Peterson), 5:23. 3, Beek, Peterson (Matott), 7:10.
Second period- 4, AA, Ketchum (Culchinsky), 3:57. 5, AA, Mulligan, 6:21. 6, Beek, Peterson (Raville), 14:37.
Shots: Beekmantown 27, Albany Academy 13.
Saves: Bell, Beek, 11. Shanon, AA, 23.
Beekmantown 5, Northwood Prep 1
PLATTSBURGH — With hockey’s regular season winding down, area teams continue to search for players to step up and fill roles.
For the Beekmantown boys’ hockey team, it’s the “next man up.”
The Eagles (13-3) exploded for three third-period goals in a 5-1 rout of Northwood Prep Friday night at the Ameri-Can North Center in non-league action.
“I think our kids have done a great job with conditioning, and it showed (Friday) night,” coach Justin Frechette said. “We were able to get pucks over the red line and establish the forecheck. Our forwards did a good job of wearing down their defenseman.”
While Nate Foster and Kyle Bisonette each paced Beekmantown with two goals and two assists, Frechette said he received a complete team effort.
“Ryan Waterbury, Tanner Roser and Callum Sullivan each made a significant impact in the game,” Frechette said. “Northwood Prep is a deep team, rolling off four lines. We matched their intensity and, I think it was a perfect example of competing for all 45 minutes.”
Dustin Plumadore, who currently leads the league in save percentage, fended off 17 of 18 shots faced.
“With (Plumadore) back there, it gives our team confidence,” Frechette said. “He made some big saves in key moments of the game. After allowing a goal in the second period, he remained focused and got the job done.”
Waterbury contributed for a goal, while Kyle Constanty added two assists in the win.
The Eagles face Northeastern Clinton at home Wednesday before challenging Plattsburgh High in a highly-anticipated showdown Friday night.
Beekmantown 5, Northwood Prep 1
Northwood Prep 0 1 0 — 1
Beekmantown 1 1 3 — 5
First period- 1, BCS, Waterbury (Constanty, Bisonette), 1:38.
Second period- 2, NP, Farmer (Sam Clellan), 4:45. 3, BCS, Foster (Bisonette), 14:38.
Third period- 4, BCS, Foster, 3:31. 5, BCS, Bisonette (Foster), 10:01 (ppg). 6, BCS, Bisonette (Foster, Constanty), 13:42 (ppg).
Shots: Beekmantown 28. Northwood Prep 18.
Saves: Plumadore, BCS, 17. Cory Leonard, NP, 23.