PLATTSBURGH — It was a good game for Northeastern Clinton to win Wednesday night and a tough one for Saranac to lose.
Nick LeDuc’s power-play goal at 3:31 of the third period was the margin of difference in the Cougars’ hard-earned 2-1 victory in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference ice action at the Ameri-Can North Sports Center.
“We didn’t start out that well, but we got our legs in the second and third periods,” said Saranac coach Ed Davis. “It was frustrating to lose a 2-1 game — we had some penalties at crucial times.
“It was a pretty even game that went back-and-forth. Our kids played hard — there were some rebounds we had a chance to get to, but didn’t.”
It was a scoreless game until Alex Duffy gave the Cougars the lead with an unassisted goal at 9:24 of the second period.
The Chiefs, however, drew even at 12:28 when Kyle Erickson tallied a power-play goal from Alex Sarazen and Matt McCasland.
LeDuc then scored his game-winning goal early in the third, with Zac Guay picking up the lone assist.
NCCS held a 23-20 advantage in shots on goal and Kyle McCarthy was in net for the win with 19 saves. Zach Lareau stopped 21 shots for Saranac.
NCCS 2, Saranac 1
NCCS 0 1 1 — 2
Saranac 0 1 0 — 1
Second period- 1, NCCS, Duffy, 9:24. 2, Sar, Erickson ppg (Sarazen, McCasland), 12:28.
Third period- 3, NCCS, LeDuc ppg (Guay), 3:31.
Shots: NCCS 23, Saranac 20.
Saves: McCarthy, NCCS, 19. Lareau, Sar, 21.
BEEKMANTOWN 4, SARANAC LAKE 0
SARANAC LAKE — Kyle Bisonette tallied a pair of goals to help lead the Eagles over the Red Storm.
Bisonette opened scoring at the 3:31 mark of the second period with Austin Bradish collecting the assist. Bisonette then made it 2-0 when he connected at the 9:48 mark of the third period. Cole Carter and Josh Barriere combined on the assist.
Beekmantown would score three times in the final period as both Carter and Bradish found the back of the net. Nathan Foster assisted on Bradish’s goal.
“We were in the game for definitely a period and a half,” Saranac Lake coach Will Ellsworth said. “I think Beekmantown’s depth just wore on us as the game progressed.”
Dustin Plumadore turned away 14 shots to preserve the shutout for the Eagles. Blake Darrah (34) and Justin Farmer (1) combined in net for the Red Storm (3-3-3, 1-2-1) for 35 saves.
Beekmantown 4, Saranac Lake 0
Beekmantown 0 1 3 — 4
Saranac Lake 0 0 0 — 0
Second period- 1, Beek, Bisonette (Bradish), 3:31.
Third period- 2, Beek, Bisonette (Carter, Barriere), 9:48. 3, Beek, Carter, 11:48. 4, Beek, Bradish (Foster), 12:21.
Shots: Beekmantown 39, Saranac Lake 14.
Saves: Darrah (34), Farmer (1), SL, 35. Plumadore, Beek, 14.