February 28, 2012

Red Storm defend hockey title

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



"We played another smart game," Ellsworth said. "We had goals at the start to play with emotion, score the all-important first goal and play disciplined hockey.

"We had a lot of senior leadership this season. Darrah and Dora logged a ton of ice time and they really set the tone along with Matt Phelan."

Fifth-seeded Plattsburgh had a remarkable run during the sectional tournament. The Hornets defeated Northeastern Clinton and top-seeded Beekmantown to move into Monday's title game.

"We got behind and I thought we were gripping our sticks too tight," Plattsburgh coach Jamie Reidy said. "We gave them a couple of early goals and it came back to haunt us.

"They're a dangerous opponent. They've got the premier player in our league and they are a good hockey team."

Blake Darrah captured the victory in net for Saranac Lake with 22 saves.

Robbie Knowles turned away 28 shots for the Hornets in a losing effort.

"Kudos to Saranac lake who I think will represent our section very well," Reidy said. "Very classy group of kids led by two great coaches.

"I couldn't be prouder of a group of 17 young men who not only grew on the ice but I think we grew up off the ice as well. I'm looking forward to the next season already. I'm sad to see our seniors go, but I think we represented our school well."

Saranac Lake 4, Plattsburgh 1

Plattsburgh     1     0     0     —     1

Saranac Lake     2     1     1     —     4

First period- 1, SL, Phelan (D. Darrah), 2:37. 2, PHS, Tolosky (Matott, Bechard), 2:47. 3, SL, D. Darrah (Garrett), 2:56.

Second period- 4, SL, Urquhart (Garrett), 8:37.

Third period- 5, SL, D. Darrah (Dora, Cluckey), 4:25.

Shots: Saranac Lake 32, Plattsburgh 23.

Saves: B. Darrah, SL, 22. Knowles, PHS, 28.

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