TUPPER LAKE - Franklin Academy scored four third-period goals to pull out a 6-2 win over Tupper Lake Saturday afternoon at the Tupper Lake Civic Center.
Heading into the final period, the game was a close one. Franklin Academy scored two goals in the first period to jump out to a 2-0 lead, but the Lumberjacks answered with one of their own in the second.
Broyce Guerrette put the puck into the upper left corner of the net five minutes and 43 seconds into the second off an assist from Tyler Clard. That made the score 2-1.
Tupper Lake players celebrate a goal by Broyce Guerrette in the second period against Franklin Academy on Saturday at the Tupper Lake Civic Center.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
The goal came after Tupper Lake came close to scoring on several chances earlier in the period.
"We didn't really change much up," Lumberjacks coach Dan Cook said. "We just played with more intensity. We got some momentum with our goal and that helped us most, just getting our momentum. That was our first goal of the year. We're five games in. That helped get us going. That was the biggest thing, just playing with energy."
Down just one goal for the rest of the period, the Lumberjacks continued to put pressure on the Huskies' defense, thanks in a large part to several power play opportunies. But Tupper Lake couldn't get the puck past goalie Joey Brown again in the period.
In the third, Malone's Cameron Daniels scored at the 13:55 mark, putting his team up 3-1.
Tupper Lake's Jon Kopp put home a rebound a couple of minutes minutes later, but Malone finished the game strong. The Huskies scored the game's final three goals.
"We kind of got tired out," Cook said. "We were kind of out of position. We needed to score so we were pushing forward. If they scored eight more goals, it didn't matter. We needed to get two to tie it anyways. That was kind of the idea there."
Kyler Head, Tanner Studlack and Tucker Bartenslager scored the last three goals for Malone.
"We just started playing to our potential as a team instead of individuals and we dumped the puck in and forechecked well," Malone coach Chuck Dievendorf said. "(We) forced turnovers and cleared it quick to get up the ice as soon as we can."
Lumberjack coach Marcus Richer finished with 31 saves. Brown finished with 17.
With the win, Malone improved to 4-0 while Tupper Lake fell to 0-5.
Although Tupper Lake lost the game, it should provide the team with some confidence.
The Lumberjacks played well for most of the contest and had a chance to pull this one out against a tough, undefeated team.
"That definitely should help as the year goes on," Cook said. "We're young, we're a very young team so we just have to build off each and every shift, each and every game."
Tupper Lake's team has 11 freshman on the team and just five seniors.
"We have two freshman that have played before. Beside that, the rest of them haven't played freshman hockey until this year. So we're very young," Cook said. "High School is a lot faster than any youth hockey, so that's our big thing. And we're getting better. Five games into the year we're better than when we started. We're going in the right direction."
Tupper Lake returns to action on Friday when it hosts Saranac Lake at 6:30 p.m.