PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown boys’ hockey team picked up this year’s Section VII championship with a 4-3 defeat of Plattsburgh High and earned an automatic berth to the Division II state semifinals.
The Eagles and Hornets each landed three Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all-stars — more than any other team.
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High-scoring forward Eddie Kane of Lake Placid was named the league’s Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the First Team, too.
Rob Francis of Northeastern Clinton and Saranac Lake’s Will Ellsworth grabbed Co-Coach of the Year honors.
Saranac and Saranac Lake were co-winners of the Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award.
FIRST TEAM FORWARDS
Eddie Kane (Lake Placid)- A senior, Kane was also named the Most Valuable Player in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference. He scored three or more goals in a game on three occasions and finished the season with 27 goals and 41 points.
Nathan Foster (Beekmantown)- Foster, who was also named to Division-II’s first-team all-state team, helped the Eagles to an 18-4-1 record with 31 goals and 51 points. The junior registered a hat trick in Beekmantown’s 4-3 overtime loss to Syracuse CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt in the Division II state semifinals.
Jack Tolosky (Plattsburgh High)- The junior center helped the Hornets advance to the Section VII title game with a game-winning goal at 5:11 of double overtime against Lake Placid Feb. 22. Tolosky accumulated 16 goals and 24 assists, good for 40 points on the season.
Bradley Shumway (Saranac Lake)- Shumway, also a junior, anchored the Red Storm’s defensive core to two shutouts. The blue liner scored goals against Niskayuna-Schenectady, Lake Placid, Beekmantown and Saranac, while totaling four assists on the year.
Eric Bechard (Plattsburgh High)- With the Hornets riddled with injuries at the halfway point of the season, Bechard was forced to move back on the blue line. The sophomore, though, played a critical role in Plattsburgh High’s offense, scoring 10 goals and adding 10 assists.
Robby Knowles (Plattsburgh High)- Knowles finished second among CVAC goaltenders in save percentage at 92.4. The senior backstopped the Hornets to the Section VII championship game where he made 19 saves on 22 shots faced.
SECOND TEAM FORWARDS
Brenden Carnright (Beekmantown)- A second-team forward, Carnright finished second behind Foster on the Eagles roster in points scored at 41. He registered five assists against South Glens Falls/Hudson Falls Dec. 21 before accumulating three goals and four assists in a 10-1 win over Saranac Jan. 11.
Austin Bradish (Beekmantown)- Bradish, the third member of the Eagles to be named an all-star, finished fifth in the league in scoring with 19 goals and 12 assists. The senior scored two or more goals in a game on four occasions.
Grant Strack (Saranac Lake)- Strack was the driving force of the Red Storm offense, totaling 22 of the team’s 47 goals on the year. Strack recorded hat tricks against Niskayuna-Schenectady, Norwood-Norfolk, Saranac and Northeastern Clinton in the Section VII quarterfinals.
Josh Rabideau (Northeastern Clinton)- Rabideau was the focal point of the Cougars defense. On the offensive end, he contributed for four goals and two assists, including a hat trick against Tupper Lake Dec. 29.
RJ Reid (Lake Placid)- Reid showed his true versatility by helping goaltender Tucker Angelopoulos to two shutouts, while tallying three goals and 10 assists on the year.
Zach Lareau (Saranac)- Lareau had a busy winter, saving 625 shots faced. The senior finished his career with the Chiefs sporting an 88.3 save percentage. He made a 59-save performance in a 2-2 tie with Niskayuna-Schenectady Dec. 14.
Champlain Valley Athletic Conference
Forwards: Eddie Kane, Lake Placid. Nathan Foster, Beekmantown. Jack Tolosky, Plattsburgh High.
Defenseman: Bradley Shumway, Saranac Lake. Eric Bechard, Plattsburgh High
Goaltender: Robby Knowles, Plattsburgh High.
Forwards: Brenden Carnright, Beekmantown. Austin Bradish, Beekmantown. Grant Strack, Saranac Lake.
Defenseman: Josh Rabideau, Northeastern Clinton. RJ. Reid, Lake Placid.
Goaltender: Zach Lareau, Saranac.
Dustin Plumadore, Goaltender, Beekmantown. Alex Duffy, Forward, Northeastern Clinton. Kyle Erickson, Forward, Saranac. Quinn Urquhart, Forward, Saranac Lake. Andrew Bechard, Forward, Plattsburgh High. Keegan Barney, Forward, Lake Placid.
Most Valuable Player: Eddie Kane, Lake Placid.
Coach of the Year: Rob Francis, Northeastern Clinton. Will Ellsworth, Saranac Lake.
Ray Holmes Sportsmanship Award: Saranac and Saranac Lake.