Bethlehem denied Shenendehowa a chance to tie Saratoga Springs for first place in the Capital District High School Hockey League standings.
John Gosstola's second goal of the third period helped the Eagles defeat the Plainsmen 5-3 in Friday's Division I game at the Bethlehem Area YMCA in Delmar.
Brad Tardif scored with 6:31 left in the final stanza to tie the game at 3 for Shen (10-3-0 league, 11-9-0 overall), but Gosstola tallied one minute later to put Bethlehem (10-3-0, 15-5-0) back in front. Chris Caswell added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal the victory.
Gosstola finished with a hat trick, while Sam Vincent contributed a goal and two assists for the Eagles, who finished the regular season in third place in Division I with 16 points. Goaltender Kevin Cooley stopped 33 shots for the victory.
Joe Ferraro and Ryan Mortka scored goals for Shen, which placed second with 17 points. Saratoga locked up the No. 1 seed for the Section II playoffs with 19 points.
In other CDHSHL action Friday, Shaker/Colonie had no trouble with Guilderland/Mohonasen in a 6-0 victory at the Albany County Hockey Facility. The Jets (8-3-0, 8-10-2) broke the game open with three goals in the third period.
Joey Chiara had a big afternoon for Shaker/Colonie with four goals and an assist. Eric Egan contributed a goal and an assist, and goaltender Kodi Riddell made 41 saves for the shutout.
Nigel Simmons stopped 39 shots for Guilderland/Mohonasen (2-11-1, 3-14-2).
Bethlehem withstood a fourth-quarter rally from Mohonasen to pull out a 56-53 Suburban Council South Division victory Friday in Delmar.
The Eagles (11-4, 11-6) out-scored the Mighty Warriors 17-11 in the third quarter to take a five-point lead and did enough from there to earn the three-point win.
Connor Morelli led a balanced Bethlehem attack with 14 points. Matt O'Keefe, John Sica and Nate Kane each added 10 points.
Killian Tallman had 17 points, and Josh Giordano contributed 15 points for Mohonasen (8-7, 10-7).