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Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers Vs. Queensbury Spartans - High School Boys Hockey - March 7th 2020

New York State Public High School Athletic Assocation Division II Quartfinals
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Nathanel Lepage

Junior Rhett Sarrah beats goaltender Blake Powers for his second goal in the NYSPHSAA boys’ ice hockey regional Saturday at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. The Section VII Champion Saranac Lake/Lake Placid boys’ hockey team’s inaugural season ended Saturday with a 6-4 loss to Queensbury in the NYSPHSAA Regionals at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. SLP, playing without leading goalscorer Dylan Amell for the game, opened the scoring just 3:55 into the game with a goal from junior forward Rhett Darrah, only to see junior Devon Salone equalize for the visitors at the 11:13 mark of the first period. Queensbury nearly gained the lead in the final minute of the opening frame, when senior forward Brendan Duffy danced his way through the SLP defense for a close-range shot, forcing a save from goaltender Anders Stanton. The second period was an active one for goalscorers, with five goals in the period. Less than a minute after the intermission, Darrah netted his second of the game off the rebound to go-ahead 2-1, but that lead lasted a little more than a minute before senior defenseman Josh DeMattos again tied the score for Queensbury. SLP nudged in front again at the 5:15 mark when senior Camden Reilley found twine, and the host team reached the midpoint of the game having never trailed on the scoreboard. Queensbury’s freshman defenseman Jared Chamberlain worked his way into the low slot before beating Stanton at the 9:45 mark of the second period, again tying the game. That was when the momentum shifted. DeMattos got his second tally of the contest off a defensive turnover by SLP, giving Queensbury its first lead of the day. SLP senior Hunter Wilmot had a golden opportunity to answer that in the dying moments of the second period when he got his stick to bouncing puck inches above the goal line in front of an open net with Queensbury goaltender Blake Powers well out of the crease. Disrupted by DeMattos, Wilmot couldn’t find the leverage to direct the puck, and it sailed past the far post. Queensbury extended their lead to three goals in the third, with tallies from Paul Wright and Salone. Sophomore defenseman Carter Sturgeon beat Powers with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line at 13:27, but Queensbury held on for the 6-4 victory to advance to the NYSPHSAA Semifinals at Buffalo’s Harborcenter. Powers made 19 saves in the win, while Stanton stopped 40 shots in net for SLP. Gallery

Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers Vs Queensbury Spratans New York State Public High School Athletic Assocation Division II Hockey Quarterfinals March 7th 2020

pad save
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Nathanel Lepage

SLP goaltender Anders Stanton stonewalls a rebound attempt by Queensbury senior Brendan Duffy in the second period of the NYSPHSAA boys’ ice hockey regional Saturday at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. The Section VII Champion Saranac Lake/Lake Placid boys’ hockey team’s inaugural season ended Saturday with a 6-4 loss to Queensbury in the NYSPHSAA Regionals at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. SLP, playing without leading goalscorer Dylan Amell for the game, opened the scoring just 3:55 into the game with a goal from junior forward Rhett Darrah, only to see junior Devon Salone equalize for the visitors at the 11:13 mark of the first period. Queensbury nearly gained the lead in the final minute of the opening frame, when senior forward Brendan Duffy danced his way through the SLP defense for a close-range shot, forcing a save from goaltender Anders Stanton. The second period was an active one for goalscorers, with five goals in the period. Less than a minute after the intermission, Darrah netted his second of the game off the rebound to go-ahead 2-1, but that lead lasted a little more than a minute before senior defenseman Josh DeMattos again tied the score for Queensbury. SLP nudged in front again at the 5:15 mark when senior Camden Reilley found twine, and the host team reached the midpoint of the game having never trailed on the scoreboard. Queensbury’s freshman defenseman Jared Chamberlain worked his way into the low slot before beating Stanton at the 9:45 mark of the second period, again tying the game. That was when the momentum shifted. DeMattos got his second tally of the contest off a defensive turnover by SLP, giving Queensbury its first lead of the day. SLP senior Hunter Wilmot had a golden opportunity to answer that in the dying moments of the second period when he got his stick to bouncing puck inches above the goal line in front of an open net with Queensbury goaltender Blake Powers well out of the crease. Disrupted by DeMattos, Wilmot couldn’t find the leverage to direct the puck, and it sailed past the far post. Queensbury extended their lead to three goals in the third, with tallies from Paul Wright and Salone. Sophomore defenseman Carter Sturgeon beat Powers with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line at 13:27, but Queensbury held on for the 6-4 victory to advance to the NYSPHSAA Semifinals at Buffalo’s Harborcenter. Powers made 19 saves in the win, while Stanton stopped 40 shots in net for SLP. Gallery

on the door step
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Kyle Coryea

Saranac Lake/Lake Placid's Rhett Darrah (10) on the doorstep going after the rebound to keep the game close. Gallery

#1 Saranac Chiefs Vs #2 Beekmantown Eagles - Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Boy's Basketball C Finals - March 7th 2020

over the defender
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Josh Painter

Beekmantown's Kelly Parker (35) with the midrange jumper over the defender for the score. It would be a showdown of the top two teams in Section VII Class B as the #1 Saranac Chiefs would meet up with the #2 Beekmantown Eagles at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse for the right to go to the New York State Class B Tournament. The game would start off good for the #1 Chiefs as they would race out to the 17-7 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Chiefs would keep their foot on the pedal and have a 18-6 quarter and cruise out to a 35-13 lead at the break. When the teams would return for the third quarter the Eagles would do there best to get back into the game as they win the quarter 18-14 but that would only trim into margin as the Chiefs still lead 49-31. In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs would stretch there lead back out with an 18-12 quarter and cruise to the 67-43 victory. In the winning effort, the Saranac Chiefs clinch the Class B Championship and head to the New York State Quarterfinals on March 14th at Beekmantown High School. Gallery

contact and score
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Kyle Coryea

Saranac's Connor Burns (2) goes up hard with the Beekmantown defender right there but still lays it off the window for the score. Gallery

#1 Saranac Chiefs Vs #2 Beekmantown Eagles - High School Boys Basketball - March 7th 2020

Champlain Valley Athletic Conference B Finals
the champs
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Kyle Coryea

The Saranac Chiefs gather as they receive a there sectional trophy. It would be a showdown of the top two teams in Section VII Class B as the #1 Saranac Chiefs would meet up with the #2 Beekmantown Eagles at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse for the right to go to the New York State Class B Tournament. The game would start off good for the #1 Chiefs as they would race out to the 17-7 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Chiefs would keep their foot on the pedal and have a 18-6 quarter and cruise out to a 35-13 lead at the break. When the teams would return for the third quarter the Eagles would do there best to get back into the game as they win the quarter 18-14 but that would only trim into margin as the Chiefs still lead 49-31. In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs would stretch there lead back out with an 18-12 quarter and cruise to the 67-43 victory. In the winning effort, the Saranac Chiefs clinch the Class B Championship and head to the New York State Quarterfinals on March 14th at Beekmantown High School. Gallery.

#1 Moriah Vikings Vs #2 Ausable Valley Patriots - High School Boys Basketball - March 7th 2020

Champlain Valley Athletic Conference C Finals
he champions
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Kyle Coryea

The Moriah Vikings pose for there team photo as they are crowned the 2019 Section VII Class C Champions and there ninth straight title. It would be the Section VII Class C Finals and it would be the top-seeded and number 1 in the State Moriah Vikings going against the #2 seeded Ausable Valley Patriots from the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse. The game would start off good for the upset-minded Ausable Valley Patriots as they would storm out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. Although the Vikings wouldn't let that stand and they would make a comeback with a 16-9 quarter for a 27-26 lead at the break. Although the end of the half would not come without a little drama as Luis Perez would half-court shot as the horn sounded to cut it to one. When the team's comeback for the third quarter so would the Vikings offense as they would run with a 20-10 quarter and have a 47-36 lead head into the fourth. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings would let up with the big lead and win the quarter 12-9 for the 59-45 victory. With the win, the Moriah Vikings clinch there 9th straight Section VII Title and head to the state tournament and take on the Madrid Waddington Yellow Jackets from Section X. Gallery.

#1 Schroon Lake Wildcats Vs #3 Willsboro Warriors - Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Boy's Basketball D Finals - March 7th 2020

from the wing
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Josh Painter

Schroon Lake's Andrew Pelkey (11) with the three from the wing as part of a nine-point night. It would be the Section VII Class D Finals and would feature the top seed Schroon Lake Wildcats and the #3 Willsboro Warriors at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse with the winner headed to the state tournament. The game would be tight through the first quarter and the Wildcats would have a 11-8 lead at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, the game would stay tight and low scoring as the Wildcats would win the quarter 8-6 and have a 19-14 lead at the break. When the teams back for the second half the offenses would come alive and the Warriors would fight back and win the quarter 18-13 and tie the game at 32 as they head into the 4th quarter. In that fourth quarter, the Wildcats would get the slim 8-7 win but that was not without a last-ditch effort from the Warriors. As the Schroon Lake Wildcats would secure the Section VII Class D Championship with the 40-39 and leading the way for the Wildcats would be Cian Bresnahan with 19 points. Gallery

from the arc
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Kyle Coryea

Willsboro's Regan Arnold (3) with the from the arc over the outstretched arm of the Schroon Lake defender. Gallery

#4 Northeastern Clinton Cougars Vs. #1 Saranac Chiefs - Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Boy's Basketball Semi-Finals - February 29th 2020

catch and go
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Nathanel Lepage

Saranac’s Conner Burn collects a long breakout pass in the fourth quarter of the Section VII semifinal at Clinton Community College, as Northeastern Clinton’s Bryan Claudio tries to chase him down. The Saranac boys basketball team earned a spot in the Section VII Championship game with a convincing 64-39 win over Northeastern Clinton Saturday at Clinton Community College. The Chiefs ran out in front early, taking a 12-4 lead in the first few minutes. The Cougars kept Saranac from running too much further away for most of the first half, and the teams went into halftime at 34-20 in favor of last year's runner-up. In the second half, Saranac proved to be too much for their opponents, with their lead hitting as much as 20 points at one stage before the final 15-point victory. The Chiefs were paced by senior Connor Recore, who hit two 3-pointers and three free throws en route to 17 points. Fellow seniors Jared Duquette and Brady Hebert both scored 14 in the win. For the Cougars, junior James Molinski scored 11, while senior Alex Gomez notched 10. With the win, Saranac advanced to the Section VII Championship, in which the Chiefs will tip-off against Beekmantown Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse. Gallery

offensive rebound
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Nathanel Lepage

Saranac senior Cogan Johnston tries to pull in the offensive rebound as the ball falls toward Northeastern Clinton’s Thomas Gilbo in the Section VII semifinal at Clinton Community College. Gallery

#1 Moriah Vikings Vs #2 Ausable Valley Patriots - Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Boy's Basketball C Finals - March 7th 2020

opening tip
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Josh Painter

Ausable Valley's Eli Douglas (24) would win the opening tip of the game and start the Patriot run in the first quarter. It would be the Section VII Class C Finals and it would be the top-seeded and number 1 in the State Moriah Vikings going against the #2 seeded Ausable Valley Patriots from the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse. The game would start off good for the upset-minded Ausable Valley Patriots as they would storm out to a 17-11 lead after the first quarter. Although the Vikings wouldn't let that stand and they would make a comeback with a 16-9 quarter for a 27-26 lead at the break. Although the end of the half would not come without a little drama as Luis Perez would half-court shot as the horn sounded to cut it to one. When the team's comeback for the third quarter so would the Vikings offense as they would run with a 20-10 quarter and have a 47-36 lead head into the fourth. In the fourth quarter, the Vikings would let up with the big lead and win the quarter 12-9 for the 59-45 victory. With the win, the Moriah Vikings clinch there 9th straight Section VII Title and head to the state tournament and take on the Madrid Waddington Yellow Jackets from Section X. Gallery

up and under
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Kyle Coryea

Moriah's Bryce Sprague (32) goes up and under the defender as he throws it off the winfow for the score. Gallery

#1 Schroon Lake Wildcats Vs #3 Willsboro Eagles - High School Boys Basketball - March 7th 2020

Champlain Valley Athletic Conference D Finals
the celeberations on
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Kyle Coryea

The celeberation is on as the Schroon Lake Wildcats are the victors in the Section VII Class D Basketball finals. It would be the Section VII Class D Finals and would feature the top seed Schroon Lake Wildcats and the #3 Willsboro Warriors at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse with the winner headed to the state tournament. The game would be tight through the first quarter and the Wildcats would have a 11-8 lead at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, the game would stay tight and low scoring as the Wildcats would win the quarter 8-6 and have a 19-14 lead at the break. When the teams back for the second half the offenses would come alive and the Warriors would fight back and win the quarter 18-13 and tie the game at 32 as they head into the 4th quarter. In that fourth quarter, the Wildcats would get the slim 8-7 win but that was not without a last-ditch effort from the Warriors. As the Schroon Lake Wildcats would secure the Section VII Class D Championship with the 40-39 and leading the way for the Wildcats would be Cian Bresnahan with 19 points. Gallery.

#2 Oswego State Lakers @ #1 Plattsburgh State Cardinals - NEWHL Women's Hockey Championship - March 7th 2020

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Nathanael LePage

The Plattsburgh State women’s ice hockey team celebrates the 2020 NEWHL championship. The Plattsburgh State Women's hockey team won its third Northeast Women's Hockey League title, and eighth consecutive conference championship overall, with a 6-1 victory over SUNY Oswego Saturday at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. The victory earned the Cardinals an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III championship tournament, which was subsequently canceled as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The NEWHL Championship game began well for the visiting Lakers, who found themselves on the powerplay on six-second into the contest when senior defenseman Hannah Kirly was called for interference. While Oswego was unable to capitalize on that opportunity, the visitors took the lead at the 7:52 mark with a goal from Pliomena Teggart, assisted by Kate Rendazzo and NEWHL Rookie of the Year Megan Teachout. The Cardinals tied the contest at 10:23 when a loose puck deflected out to the top of the crease and Kaitlin Drew-Mead picked it up and put it under the pad of goaltender Rachel Farmer. Plattsburgh took the lead for good five minutes later, as Drew-Mead carried the puck into the zone and stretched around the defense to get a soft shot on Farmer, giving Sara Krauseneck the rebound opportunity for her 19th goal of the season. The home team went into the first intermission up 2-1, with a healthy 22-8 advantage in shots on goal. The defending national champions got the insurance goal at 7:06 of the second period on the powerplay, when Nicole Unsworth's shot from the left faceoff circle found the back of the net, prompting a leaping celebration from defenseman Emma Killeen. Later in the period, Kiraly found herself down low in the crease to poke at a rebound in front of Farmer and extend the Cardinals' lead to 4-1. Plattsburgh's Taylor Whitney and Annie Katonka both scored in the third period for the final tally of 6-1. Plattsburgh goaltender Ashley Davis made 20 saves in the win, while Farmer stopped 49 of the 55 shots she faced between the pipes for Oswego. With the win and subsequent cancellation of the NCAA tournament, the Cardinals finished their season with a final record of 26-1 and an 18-game winning streak. Seniors Kiraly, Sarah Wolf, and Jen Manning denied an opportunity to play for their third national title, finished with a career record of 107-8-3. Gallery

shot on net
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Nathanael LePage

Plattsburgh’s Abby Brush lines up a shot on Oswego goaltender Rachel Farmer in the NEWHL championship game at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. Gallery

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