Boys' Hockey

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Beekmantown teammates congratulate Nathan Foster after his first of three goals on the night. The Eagles defeated Plattsburgh High 4-0 to avenge their only loss and solidify their hold on first place in CVAC hockey. (STAFF PHOTO/KELLI CATANA)

B'town ices PHS to gain revenge

PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown boys’ hockey team had only one blemish on its Champlain Valley Athletic Conference record coming into Monday’s contest against Plattsburgh.

That blemish — a 2-1 loss to the Hornets on Dec. 19.

Monday, though, the Eagles would exact some revenge.

Nathan Foster handed out his second consecutive hat trick as Beekmantown skated to a 4-0 shutout of Plattsburgh.

Foster, who tallied three goals in the Eagles’ 5-0 win over Northeastern Clinton, found the back of the net twice in the second period and added his third in the third period.

“Foster is really showing how explosive he can be,” Beekmantown coach Justin Frechette said. “He had a couple in the first period that were very close and I knew he was going to have a good night.

“Brandon Buksa also did a lot of things for us that don’t appear in the score sheet. He was a huge part our success (Monday).”

Foster struck first with an unassisted goal at the 7:04 mark of the first period. Austin Bradish added a power-play goal five minutes later on assists from Skye Dominy and Kyle Constanty.

Foster made it 3-0 nothing after two with his second unassisted goal at 12:28. The hat trick came on a power play in the third period with Brenden Carnright supplying the assist.

Dustin Plumadore turned away 16 shots for his second straight shutout and sixth of the season.

“The story of the game for us was a great overall team effort,” Frechette said. “The players remained focus and followed the game plan the entire game. Plumadore had two or three key saves that allowed us to maintain the momentum.

“Kids played great defense and I need to thank (assistant coaches) Blake Frechette and Dennis Harrsch for doing a great job in creating a scheme defensively … really proud of the coaching staff and how we handled ourselves in the defensive zone.”

Plattsburgh’s Giancarlo Ventre faced 36 shots in net and turned away 32 in a losing cause.

With the win, Beekmantown steps into the driver’s seat in the CVAC with a 7-1 record, while the Hornets drop to second with a record of 6-2.

“I am real proud of the kids and their effort,” Frechette said. “PHS has a very good team and we know they’re going to be there in the end.”

Beekmantown 4, Plattsburgh 0

Plattsburgh 0 0 0 — 0

Beekmantown 0 3 1 — 4

Second period- 1, Beek, Foster, 7:04. 2, Beek, Bradish ppg (Dominy, Constanty), 12:08. 3, Beek, Foster, 12:38

Third period- 4, Beek, Foster ppg (Carnright).

Shots: Beekmantown 36, Plattsburgh 16.

Saves: Ventre, PHS, 32. Plumadore, Beek, 16.