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February 23, 2013

Tolosky's OT goal sends Hornets to title game

PLATTSBURGH — Jack Tolosky and the Plattsburgh High boys’ hockey team saved its late-game dramatics for the playoffs.

The junior forward punched his team’s ticket to next week’s Section VII championship contest with a game-winning tally at 5:11 of double overtime in a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Lake Placid in semifinal action Friday.



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The 15th-ranked Hornets (13-8) will challenge No. 9 Beekmantown (17-3-1) Wednesday night at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena in the sectional title game.

“I didn’t know it was in; I had to look around — saw it and the game was over,” Tolosky said. “It feels great. This is the second time I’ve had a chance to do that. I did it last year, and I’m just looking forward to the next game.”

John Anthony Fine-Lease held possession behind the Blue Bombers’ (15-5-2) net before throwing a blind pass in front that reached Tolosky’s stick.

“Eric (Bechard) took the initial shot and got his own rebound behind the net,” Fine-Lease said. “To tell you the truth, I just kind of turned around and threw it on net. I looked back, saw (Tolosky) and thought ‘game over’.”

Plattsburgh High, however, nearly lost the game in the closing stages of regulation.

Lake Placid’s Nzoni Thompson skated in all alone and beat Plattsburgh High goaltender Robby Knowles with a finesse move in front with 1:28 remaining.

“First of all, I give credit to (coach) Keith Clark because it was a set play,” Hornets coach Jamie Reidy said. “(Thompson) is a defenseman, who they moved up on the wing because of his speed. The puck skipped through the neutral zone and away he went. All I told our kids was, ‘it’s only one shot.’ We stuck to that.”

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