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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

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PLATTSBURGH —

"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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