CLAYTON — The Plattsburgh High School boys’ hockey team continues to be strong from its goaltender on out.
Alex Maston and Jack Tolosky combined for five points on Friday as the Hornets remained unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over Hilton in the opening round of the Islanders Hockey Tournament.
The Hornets (5-0) will play St. Lawrence Central, a 5-4 winner of the Islanders, in the 2 p.m. title game today.
“The key is that we’re staying within ourselves and we’re getting good team efforts,” said PHS coach Jamie Reidy. “But, we’re in this for the long haul — we haven’t won anything yet.”
Maston, with Tolosky and Devin Clarke assisting, gave the Hornets a 1-0 lead in the first period and the scored stayed that way until Tolosky’s unassisted goal with 2:15 left in regulation make it 2-0.
“It was a good high school hockey game and it was closer than the score would indicate,” said Reidy. “Tolosky is a pure goal scorer and it showed when he stole the puck and scored to make it 2-0. That was a big goal for us.”
Maston then added his second goal of the contest, an empty-net marker, with 1:32 left to seal the deal. Tolosky and Eric Bechard picked up the assists.
Robby Knowles was strong in the PHS nets with 24 saves to earn the shutout.
“We played a solid game from Knowles on out,” said Reidy. “There was good flow to the game in the first and third periods, but too many penalties in the second. We also did a good job again keeping their shots to the outside.”
PHS finished with a 29-24 advantage in shots on goal.
Plattsburgh 3, Hilton 0
Hilton 0 0 0 — 0
Plattsburgh 1 0 2 — 3
First period- 1, PHS, Maston (Tolosky, Clarke), 5:43.
Third period- 2, PHS, Tolosky, 12:45. 3, PHS, Maston eng (Tolosky, E. Bechard), 13:28.
Shots: Plattsburgh 29, Hilton 24.
Saves: Knowles, PHS, 24. Coyle, Hil, 26.
Lake Placid 3, Brattleboro, Vt. 0
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The unbeaten Blue Bombers (7-0) continued their winning ways with a shutout of Brattleboro, Vt. in the opening round of the Skip Brush Tournament.
Following a scoreless first period, Connor Preston gave Lake Placid with lead at 9:50 of the second, with Ryan Damp and Shane McNierney assisting. Then, at 12:31, Troy Jacques made it 2-0 from McNierney and Lucas Strack.
Eddie Kane closed out the scoring at 11:07 of the third, with Elias Smith picking up the assist.
“We were sluggish at the start,” said Lake Placid coach Keith Clark. “But that could be expected after not practicing.
“We got better the second half of the game and were more consistent with our play. It was a good effort and I was happy with the result.”
Recording the shutout in net for the Blue Bombers was Tucker Angelopoulos, who finished with 14 saves. Greg DeSilva stopped 21 of 24 shots for Brattleboro.
Lake Placid heads back on the road on Sunday to play host Middlebury for the tourney title at 11:30 a.m.
Lake Placid 3, Brattleboro 0
Lake Placid 0 2 1 — 3
Brattleboro 0 0 0 — 0
Second period- 1, LP, Preston (Damp, McNierney), 9:50. 2, LP, T. Jacques (McNierney, Strack), 12:31.
Third period- 3, LP, E. Kane (E. Smith), 11:07.
Shots: Lake Placid 24, Brattleboro 14.
Saves: Angelopoulos, LP, 14. DeSilva, B, 21.
Saranac 4, Niagara Falls 1
LAKE GEORGE — Matt McCasland tallied the first three goals of the game and the Chiefs picked up their first win of the season in the opening round of the Bulldog Winter Classic at the Lake George Forum.
The Chiefs will take on Pearl River at 1:30 p.m. today in the second round of the event, which is being hosted by South Glens Falls/Hudson Falls.
McCasland scored from Alex Sarazen at 4:33 and from Kyle Erickson at 14:17 of the first period and from Jeremy Barber at 5:21 of the second.
“McCasland has been coming close for us,” said Saranac coach Ed Davis. “But he came through today. He’s a big boy, who’s tough to knock off the puck.”
Kolbe Phelps pulled Niagara Falls to within 3-1 at 1:57 of the third, but Jacob Lilledahl put the Chiefs back up by three, with Tristan Archambault assisting, with 5:19 remaining in the contest.
Zach Lareau made 19 saves in net for the victory and Greg Parker stopped 34 shots for Niagara Falls.
“We’ve been close to scoring some goals, but finally opened up today,” said Davis. “Their goalie made some brilliant saves — it could have been a more one-sided score.
“We’ve been progressing the last two or three games and the hard work paid off in a win for us.”
Saranac 4, Niagara Falls 1
Niagara Falls 0 0 1 — 1
Saranac 2 1 1 — 4
First period- 1, Sar, McCasland (Sarazen), 4:33. 2, Sar, McCasland (Erickson), 14:17.
Second period- 3, Sar, McCasland (Barber), 5:21.
Third period- 4, NF, Phelps (Zafolo), 1:57. 5, Sar, Lilledahl (Archambault), 9:41.
Shots: Saranac 38, Niagara Falls 20.
Saves: Lareau, Sar, 19. Parker, NF, 34.
Queensbury 2, Beekmantown 0
GLENS FALLS — The Eagles did a lot of good things, except for finding the back of the net.
Michael Pagel’s goal at 12:25 of the first period proved to be all the Spartans would need in a victory in the opening round of the Glens Falls Tournament at the Glens Falls Recreation Center.
Joey Moore added an empty-net goal with 24 seconds left in regulation.
“Queensbury is a very good team and the shots on goal were pretty close,” said Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette. “But I felt we carried the play. We made one mistake in our zone and they took advantage.
“We just couldn’t put the puck in the net. The puck didn’t bounce our way and it was one of those nights. Their goalie was outstanding. Defensively, except for the first-period goal, we played very well by keeping their shots to the outside.”
Teddy Nolan stopped 30 Beekmantown shots to record the shutout in net. Dustin Plumadore recorded 26 saves for the Eagles (3-2).
“We took only one penalty in the game and we played disciplined hockey,” said Frechette. “I was proud of our effort for all 45 minutes. But we have to find a way to win games like this.”
The tournament is based on a point system and the Eagles will play host Glens Falls at 1 p.m. today.
Queensbury 2, Beekmantown 0
Beekmantown 0 0 0 — 0
Queensbury 1 0 1 — 2
First period- 1, Q, Pagels (Moore, Shultes), 12:35.
Third period- 2, Q, Moore, 14:36.
Shots: Beekmantown 30, Queensbury 28.
Saves: Plumadore, Beek, 26. Nolan, Q, 30.