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Hockey: Bethlehem's first-period blues cost the Eagles at opening tournament

Mamaroneck scores goals in bunches to beat Bethlehem

Bethlehem's Mike Lemieux (21) watches his shot go into the goal during a Nov. 30 game against Mamaroneck at the Shaker/Colonie Thanksgiving Tournament at the Albany County Hockey Facility in Colonie.

Bethlehem's Mike Lemieux (21) watches his shot go into the goal during a Nov. 30 game against Mamaroneck at the Shaker/Colonie Thanksgiving Tournament at the Albany County Hockey Facility in Colonie. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Rodrigue shook up his top two lines in the third period and gave Lemieux the chance to skate with Chris Caswell and Zach Flagler, while Carroll moved to the second line. The result was more sustained offensive pressure for the Eagles, along with the two goals.

"At that point in the third period, we had given up 14 goals in two games and scored only three," said Rodrigue. "I had to do something to get us going."

There wasn't much to help Bethlehem get going against Ithaca in Friday's opener. The Little Red built a 5-0 lead after the first two periods, and they never looked back.

Bethlehem goaltender Carl Cusack did what he could for Bethlehem. The junior stopped 30 shots against Ithaca and made 18 saves against Mamaroneck.

The Eagles are hoping a dip into the Capital District High School Hockey League schedule will help them produce a win this weekend. They journey back to the Albany County Hockey Facility on Dec. 7 to face Christian Brothers Academy, which had last weekend off.

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