CHAZY — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team saved its best for last.
Katie Matott helped the Eagles (8-0-1, 3-0) rally from their first deficit of the season with a game-winning goal at 1:24 of overtime in a 4-3 Upstate Girls’ Hockey League victory over Lake Placid at Scotts’ Memorial Rink Saturday.
Yet, the game was almost decided in the final moments of regulation.
With a faceoff to the right of Blue Bombers (5-2, 2-1) goaltender Tanner Stanton, Beekmantown head coach Ray Guay elected to pull Kayleigh Bell for an extra attacker.
After Lake Placid won the draw, a defenseman banked the puck off the far-side boards and off the side of the net as the buzzer sounded.
“It was probably a risky move I made with seven seconds left, but sometimes as a coach you take those chances to try and get the win in regulation for the two points,” Guay said. “(Matott) had previously scored a goal off the draw, and we had a set play in store. We weren’t able to capitalize, but executed in overtime.”
Following a scoreless first period, Matott ripped a wrist shot in the slot at 1:13 of the second period. Kinnan Latremore was credited with the assist, putting Beekmantown up, 1-0.
“(Matott) is very patient with the puck and has a nose for the net,” Guay said. “She was able to capitalize on two shots by picking the corners. For her age, she’s doing very well.”
After goals from Lake Placid’s Emily Godin and Beekmantown’s Emily Raville, the Eagles took a 2-1 lead into the third period.
With one minute and seven seconds gone in the final stanza, Lake Placid defenseman Carissa Kennedy floated a puck on net from center ice that slipped past Bell and into the back of the net.
Throughout the duration of the game, Guay’s squad was unable to overcome the one-goal hump.
“That’s the story of our season right now,” Guay said. “We usually pepper goalies two-to-one in shots, but it’s just one of those deals where you keep banging away and hope that one goes your way.
“Normally, we feel comfortable playing with the lead, but anything can happen as you saw with that fluke goal. It was a tough one to bounce back from, but through tenacity and a will to win, we were able to pull it out.”
Samantha Barney ripped a one-time feed from Brooke Reid following a two-on-once chance at 6:12.
But Amanda Peterson connected on a bad angle shot from the bottom of the circle just more than one minute later to the tie game at three before Matott’s overtime heroics ended it.
“Every team plays us as if we have a target on our backs,” Guay said. “We’ve finished the regular season the last two years unbeaten and everyone wants a piece of Beekmantown. Our players have to adapt to that and get stoked for every game for the second half of the season. We showed resiliency.”
Bell earned the win between the pipes for the Eagles, fending off 14 of 17 shots.
Beekmantown 4, Lake Placid 3 (OT)
Lake Placid 0 1 2 0 — 3
Beekmantown 0 2 1 1 — 4
Second period- 1, BCS, Matott (Latremore), 1:13. 2, LP, Godin, 1:34. 3, BCS, Raville (Guay), 11:28.
Third period- 4, LP, Kennedy (Manning), 1:07. 5, LP, S. Barney (Reid), 6:12. 6, BCS, Peterson (Matott, Villemaire), 7:13 (pp).
Overtime- 7, BCS, Matott, 1:24.
Shots: Beekmantown 33. Lake Placid 17.
Saves: Bell, BCS, 14. Stanton, LP, 29.