ROUSES POINT — Lake Placid scored three unanswered goals, two by Eddie Kane, in the second period Wednesday night and held on for a 3-2 win over Northeastern Clinton in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference hockey at the Rouses Point Civic Center.
The Cougars jumped in front with 20 seconds left in the opening period on Reece Tucker’s unassisted goal.
But in the second, it was Kane from Shane McNierney and Dillon Savage at :47, Kane from McNierney and R.J. Reid at 7:07 and Keegan Barney on a breakaway, off a Reid assist, at 8:16.
NCCS cut it deficit to a goal when Kastle Birch scored a 7:10 of the third, with assists going to Alex Duffy and Tucker.
“It was a good game,” said NCCS coach Rob Francis. “In the first period, both teams were feeling out one another. Fortunately, we were able to get a goal late in the period.
“They then carried the play in the second period and we had a few breakdowns that they capitalized on. I felt we had more control in the third period. We pulled our goalie, got some people in front, but couldn’t get the equalizer.”
The Blue Bombers finished with a 31-25 advantage in shots on goal. Jeffrey Smith made 23 saves in net for the win and Kyle McCarthy stopped 28 shots for the Cougars.
The Cougars host Shaker-Colonie in a non-league game on Friday and then Saranac Lake in a league game on Saturday.
Lake Placid 3, NCCS 2
Lake Placid 0 3 0 — 3
NCCS 1 0 1 — 2
First period- 1, NCCS, Tucker, 14:40.
Second period- 2, LP, E. Kane (McNierney, Savage), :47. 2, LP. E. Kane (McNierney, Reid), 7:07. 3, LP, Barney (Reid), 8:16.
Third period- 4, NCCS, K. Birch (Duffy, Tucker), 7:10.
Shots: Lake Placid 31, NCCS 25.
Saves: Je. Smith, LP, 23. McCarthy, NCCS, 28.
BEEKMANTOWN 4, LAKE PLACID 2
LAKE PLACID — The Eagles not only were able to rebound from their first loss in 52 regular-season games, but they captured the No. 1 seed in next week’s Upstate Girls’ Hockey League playoffs with a win against the Blue Bomber.
Kallie Villemaire had a hand in all four goals for Beekmantown, scoring three for a hat trick and assisting on another.
Villemaire scored at the 6:29 mark of the first period on an assist from Katie Matott to give Beekmantown an early 1-0 lead.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as Kendra Manning scored just 58 seconds later on an assist from Samantha Barney.
Kiley Regan, though, gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead at the first intermission with Villemaire being credited with the assist.
The game would be tied again at the 3:35 mark of the first half when Brooke Reid found the back of the net for the Blue Bombers. Payton Barney had the assist.
Villemaire then scored the game-winner at 6:36 and added an empty-net goal with 10 seconds remaining to ice the game.
“They got the job done after a tough loss (Tuesday),” Eagles coach Ray Guay said. “We had a 52 game winning streak snapped, but sometimes that is not a bad thing.
“Villemaire had a big night for us with four points. I thought the defense of Ashley Terry and Amy LoTemplio had a good game, allowing 10 shots. The Villemaire line carried the load tonight.”
Kayleigh Bell turned away eight shots in the victory for Beekmantown. Tanner Stanton stopped 25 shots in a losing effort for Lake Placid.
“It’s going to take three lines for us and we are still looking for the right combination on the third line,” Guay said. “The season is coming quickly to an end here; we have a lot of young players and we’re looking for the girls to have the heart and put it all out on the table.”
The Eagles head to Massena Friday for a game against the Red Raiders before taking on the No. 4 seed in Wednesday’s first round of the playoffs. The team is yet to be determined.
Beekmantown 4, Lake Placid 2
Beekmantown 2 1 1 — 4
Lake Placid 1 1 0 — 2
First period- 1, Beek, Villemaire (Matott), 6:29. 2, LP, Manning (S. Barney), 7:27. 3, Beek, Regan (Villemaire), 9:19.
Second period- 4, LP, Reid (P. Barney), 3:35. 5, Beek, Villemaire, 6:36.
Third period- 6, Beek, Villemaire,14:50.
Shots: Lake Placid 10, Beekmantown 29.
Saves: Bell, Beek, 8. Stanton, LP, 25.