LAKE PLACID - Not a win, but still a pretty satisfying outcome.
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Lake Placid boys hockey team erased a two-goal deficit against the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference's top squad to finish in a 3-3 deadlock with visiting Beekmantown.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the third period, the Blue Bombers turned up the heat early in the final stanza to earn the tie. Keegan Barney scored less than two minutes into the period to pull Lake Placid within a goal, and Eddie Kane netted the equalizer less than three minutes later to knot the contest. Had it not been for the outstanding play of Beekmantown goalie Dustin Plumadore, the Blue Bombers could have skated away with a win in a game that saw them hold a 39-24 edge in shots on goal.
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Lake Placid players celebrate their game-tying goal in the third period while a dejected Beekmantown goalie Dustin Plumadore stands in the crease during a game Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the Olympic Center. The Blue Bombers finished in a 3-3 deadlock against the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference’s top team.
"I have to give my players a lot of credit," Lake Placid head coach Keith Clark said. "Down by two goals against the top team in the league, we could have easily packed it in but we didn't. We battled back. The kids played really hard the whole game."
The Eagles entered the game with a 12-1-1 record, and they quickly fell behind when RJ Reid found the back of the net 3:11 into the opening period to put Lake Placid on top 1-0. Eddie Kane and Lucas Strack assisting on the goal.
Beekmantown then answered with a pair of goals to carry a 2-1 edge into the first intermission. Kyle Bisonette scored at the 7:49 mark to knot the game at 1-1, and Carter Frechette notched Beekmantown's second goal, scoring at the 12:31 to lift his team into a 2-1 lead.
The Eagles netted the only goal of the middle period when Hunter Dominy scored at the 4:44 mark, and at that point, it looked like they could be on their way to a regular-season sweep of Lake Placid. They topped the Blue Bombers 5-2 at home in the first meeting between the teams.
The Blue Bombers, however, had different ideas and came out in the third period playing physical, high-flying hockey.
At the 1:34 mark, Barney banged home a rebound to cut Beekmantown's edge to 3-2 with Troy Jacques and Reid assisting on the play.
Then at 4:10 mark, the Blue Bombers completed their comeback on a fluke goal scored by Eddie Kane. The junior forward netted his 17th goal, and perhaps biggest of the season, on an unassisted play when he wristed the puck from just inside the blue line. The shot got tipped, sailed nearly 20 feet into the air and dropped into the net behind Plumadore, who lost sight of the puck.
Both teams generated more scoring chances down the stretch but were unable to come up with a go-ahead goal as the game went into a five-minute, sudden-death overtime. During the extra session, Beekmantown held a 4-3 edge in shots on goal.
"I thought we played pretty well in the first and second period," said Beekmantown head coach Justin Frechette. "I really have to credit Lake Placid. They came on hard in that third period to tie this game. It wasn't a loss for us, but we had no business giving up a two-goal lead. Lake Placid played with more intensity in the third period, and we didn't match it. This was a great high school hockey game."
Clark said he was impressed with the goaltending at both ends of the rink. Plumadore made 36 saves in nets for the Eagles, while Jeff Smith and Tucker Angelopoulos split time between the pipes for the Blue Bombers. Smith started the game and finished with eight saves and Angelopoulos recorded 13 stops, including four in overtime.
With the tie, Lake Placid's record stands at 3-2-1 in the CVAC and 11-3-1 overall. The Eagles stand atop the CVAC standings with a 6-0-1 mark and are 13-1-2 overall.
"We kept plugging away and put a lot of shots on goal," Clark said. "Early in the third period, we were playing our best hockey of the season, and we're hoping to carry our third-period play into our Winter Carnival tournament this weekend."
The Blue Bombers have another big game on tap when they host Saranac Lake at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 in the second game of an opening-round doubleheader in the Lake Placid High School Winter Carnival Tournament. The contest will also serve as a CVAC league contest.
The opening game of Friday's first-round will featured a matchup between Shaker-Colonie and Westfield, Mass. at 6 p.m.
Lake Placid 3, Beekmantown 3
1. LP, Reid (E. Kane, Strack), 3:11; 2. B, Bisonette (Carter), 7:49; 3. B, Frechette (Foster), 12:31.
4. B, Dominy (Barriere), 4:44.
5. LP, Barney (T. Jacques, Reid), 1:34; 6. LP, E. Kane, 4:10.
Shots on goal: Lake Placid 39, Beekmantown 24.
Saves: B, Plumadore 36, LP, Smith 8; Angelopoulos 13.