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February 28, 2012

Red Storm defend hockey title

Saranac Lake tops Plattsburgh High to repeat as Section VII boys' hockey champion

PLATTSBURGH — On a night when Devin Darrah was honored as league MVP, he certainly showed why.

Darrah netted a pair of goals and assisted on another as Saranac Lake defeated Plattsburgh, 4-1, to repeat as Section VII boys' hockey champions.

The Red Storm (14-7-1) will now take on Section II champion Queensbury, a 4-1 winner over Glens Falls, in Saturday's regional final.

Saranac Lake fell to the Spartans 10-2 a season ago.

The sectional title game started with a flurry of goals in a 19-second span.

The third-seeded Red Storm captured a 1-0 lead on Matt Phelan's goal at the 2:37 mark of the first period.

That lead would last just 10 seconds, however, as the Hornets' Jack Tolosky scored at the 2:47 mark.

Darrah, though, would score what proved to be the game-winning goal just nine seconds later.

"This game certainly counted the most," Saranac Lake coach Will Ellsworth said. "The kids had butterflies at the beginning of the game because there was just so much on the line.

"It was a money game; everything was on the line. The kids definitely reacted."

Plattsburgh held a 10-8 shot advantage in the second period but were not able to sneak one past Red Storm netminder Blake Darrah.

Quinn Urquhart then gave Saranac Lake a 3-1 lead at the 8:37 mark. Jacob Garrett assisted on the goal, his second of the game.

"When you get up 3-1 that's a lead you think you can protect," Ellsworth said. "A 2-1 lead, as a coach, can make you nervous. Getting it to 3-1 let us play a little more defense."

Darrah, who was harassing the Hornet defense all game long, scored his second goal of the game at the 4:25 mark of the third period to put the game away. Kyle Dora and David Cluckey assisted on the goal.

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