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.
High School Sports Magazine
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.