The Saranac Lake hockey team repeated as Section VII boys’ hockey champions and advanced to the state semifinals this past season.
It’s no surprise then that the Red Storm earned top honors in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference All-Star team.
High-scoring forward Devin Darrah was named the conference’s Most Valuable Player and a spot on the First Team.
His coach, Will Ellsworth, was named a Co-Coach of the Year along with Beekmantown’s Justin Frechette.
Ellsworth, in his sixth year coaching the Red Storm, guided them to a 15-8-1 record to push his career record to 80-53-12. Saranac Lake defeated Queensbury in the NYSPHSAA Division II regional round to advance to the state final four for just the second time in school history.
Frechette, who earned coaching honors last season, finished his third year as Beekmantown’s head coach. He helped the team get to a 16-2-3 record and advance to the sectional semifinals. His career record stands at 49-12-4.
Lake Placid earned the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
Devin Darrah, Saranac Lake- Darrah, a First-Team pick last year, had a stellar season for the Red Storm. The senior finished with league highs in goals (40), assists (30) and points (70), leading the next player by 30 points. Darrah brought his top game in the post-season. He had four goals and three assists in three Section VII playoff games.
He had two goals and two assists in Saranac Lake’s comeback win over Queensbury in the Division II state regionals. He tallied three goals in the team’s 6-4 loss to Oswego in the Div. II semifinals.
He recorded at least a point in all but two of the Red Storm’s games.
“Devin recorded a hat trick in our final game of the season against state runner-up Oswego,” Ellsworth said. “That showed he can compete with the best hockey players in New York State. He is a three-time all-CVAC First-Team selection.”