CANTON — The Beekmantown girls’ hockey team has been here before.
In fact, the Eagles have become accustomed to playing for the Upstate Girls Hockey League championship.
This time, however, Beekmantown is looking to take home the hardware.
The Eagles captured a 3-2 victory over Kenmore in Saturday’s semifinal game, and Potsdam held up its end of the bargain with a 3-1 win over Alexandria Bay to setup a rematch of last season’s championship game.
The Sandstoners took home the title last season with a 2-1 victory.
“We have Potsdam (today),” Eagles coach Ray Guay said. “It will be the third time in five years we will meet them in the finals. It’s our fourth finals.
“Hopefully this one we can get it done. That’s all I have to say — I am tired of being second fiddle. Postdam played a good game, but I think we can matchup with them, without a doubt.”
To land in today’s title game, Beekmantown had to escape with a one-goal victory over Kenmore.
Amanda Peterson tallied a goal on an assist from Emily Raville at the 5:22 mark to give the Eagles the early lead. But, with 2:44 remaining in the first period, Jill Battista foudnt he back of the net to tie it at one.
Katie Matott gave Beekmantown the lead for good with a goal at the 9:20 mark of the second period. Kiley Regan supplied the assist.
Raville made it a two-goal game on an assist from Alexis Guay and Peterson. Shannon Munley scored with 6:22 remaining, but Kenmore would get no closer.
“We got a goal 9:20 into the second and an early one in the third,” Guay said. “We felt good at that point, but at any time they had two girls who were sharp shooters.
“The defense played really good overall, holding them to 11 shots was excellent. We worked hard and the girls came in not knowing what to expect, but we played our game and stuck to our plan. It paid off.”
Kayleigh Bell made nine saves for Beekmantown to capture the victory. Kaitlyn Timmons turned away 37 shots in a losing effort for Kenmore.
Today’s championship match gets under way at 2:30 p.m.
Beekmantown 3, Kenmore 2
Kenmore 1 0 1 — 2
Beekmantown 1 1 1 — 3
First period- 1, Beek, Peterson (Raville), 5:22. 2, Ken, Battista, 12:16.
Second period- 3, Beek Matott (Regan), 9:20.
Third period- 4, Beek, Raville (Guay, Peterson), 1:11. 5, Ken, Munley, 8:38.
Shots: Beekmantown 40, Kenmore 11.
Saves: Timmons, Ken, 37. Bell, Beek, 9,
Northeastern Clinton 2, Saranac 2
ROUSES POINT — Jeremy Barber’s third-period goal helped the Chiefs secure a tie against the Cougars.
Alex Duffy netted a pair of second-period goals to give Northeastern Clinton a 2-1 lead after two. Kastle Birch had two assists, while Reece Tucker added one.
Tristan Archambault had a power-play goal for Saranac in the period with an assist from Jacob Lilledahl and Kyle Erickson.
Barber, though, buried his own power-play goal at the 2:27 mark of the third period to knot the game at two. Ryan McCall and Archambault had the assists.
“It was senior day (Saturday) and (Duffy and Birch) are both seniors,” Northeastern Clinton coach Rob Francis said. “They are just grinders, hacking and banging. They really work hard for their goals.
“Basically there was a scramble in the front (on the game tying goal). We didn’t help ourselves; both power plays we gave them were on bad decisions from our players.”
Seniors Zac Guay, Josh Rabideau and Cody Young all had strong efforts in Saturday’s game.
Young finished with 21 saves in net for the Cougars. Zach Lareau turned away 31 shots for the Chiefs.
Northeastern Clinton 2, Saranac 2
Saranac 0 1 1 0 — 2
NCCS 0 2 0 0 — 2
Second period- 1, NCCS, Duffy (K. Birch), 2:05. 2, Sar, Archambault ppg (Lilledahl, Erickson), 10:53. 3, Duffy (K. Birch, Tucker), 12:46.
Third period- 4, Sar, Barber ppg (McCall, Archambault), 2:27.
Shots: Northeastern Clinton 33, Saranac 23.
Saves: Young, NCCS, 21. Lareau, Sar, 31.
Lake Placid 8, Saranac Lake1
LAKE PLACID — After what Lake Placid boys’ hockey coach Keith Clark called “a stagnant first period,” the Blue Bombers (11-4-2, 4-3-1) exploded for six second-period markers in a seven-goal rout of Saranac Lake in the opening round of the Winter Carnival Classic.
Senior forward Eddie Kane paced Lake Placid with four goals, while linemates Shane McNierney and Dillion Savage combined for five points.
“In the first period, I think both teams were feeling each other out a little bit,” Clark said. “We made some adjustments, and I was pleased with how our team responded. That (Kane-McNierney-Savage) line has been gelling as of late. It’s a big win over our rival with two points on the line.”
Troy Jacques buried two goals and Chris Williams added two assists.
Quinn Urquhart tallied the lone marker for the Red Storm at 11:39 of the middle period with the assist credited to Chris Spicer.
Tucker Angelopoulos nabbed the win between the pipes, fending off 11 of 12 shots faced. Blake Darrah and Justin Farmer combined for 17 saves.
The Blue Bombers face Shaker-Colonie, who rank No. 13 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Division I poll, today at the ‘32 Olympic Rink.
Lake Placid 8,
Saranac Lake 1
Saranac Lake 0 1 0 — 1
Lake Placid 0 6 2 — 8
Second period- 1, LP, E. Kane (McNierney, Savage), 0:22. 2, LP, Jacques (Reid, Williams), 1:20. 3, LP, E. Kane (McNierney, Savage), 3:17. 4, LP, N. Thompson, 9:00. 5, LP, Savage (Damp), 11:05. 6, SL, Urquhart (Spicer), 11:39. 7, LP, E. Kane,13:43.
Third period- 8, LP, E. Kane, 0:10. 9, LP, Jacques (Williams, E. Smith), 1:20.
Shots: Lake Placid 25, Saranac Lake 12.
Saves: Angelopoulos, LP, 11-12. Darrah 14-20, Farmer 3-5, SL, 17-25.