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Clinton Warriors Vs Williamsville - NYSPHSAA Championship Girl's Hockey - February 9th 2020

team photo
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Nathanel Lepage

The Clinton Warriors pose for there team photo as they are crowned the 2020 NYSPHSAA Girls Hockey State Champions. In only its fifth year of play, Clinton Central’s girl's hockey program claimed its first NYSPHSAA Regional Championship title Sunday at Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena. Up against the defending champion, Section VI’s Williamsville, the Lady Warriors earned the title with a strong defensive performance and a second straight 1-0 shutout by senior goaltender Hailey Millington. After one scoreless period of play, Clinton led the shots on goal count 4-1 despite Williamsville spending most of the period in the offensive zone. Clinton’s defense held firm, taking away shooting lanes and working on the transition. The second period saw increased offensive pressure by Williamsville, who outshot the Warriors 9-1 in the middle frame, but the Millington didn’t flinch. The deadlock was finally broken at 6:37 of the third period when Clinton captain Mia Lopata hit a one-timer from the blue line and found space just under the crossbar. Williamsville pressed for an equalizer, peppering Millington with 14 shots in the final period, but was unable to find the back of the net, and it was Clinton who piled on their goaltender in celebration at the final buzzer. Millington made a total of 24 saves in the shutout, while Williamville’s Mia Wendell stopped 12 of the 13 shots she faced. Gallery

rebound save
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Nathanel Lepage

Clinton goaltender Hailey Millington tracks the rebound after making a pad save en route to a 1-0 shutout win over Williamsville. Gallery

Clinton Warriors Vs Williamsville - Girls High School Hockey Championship - February 9th 2020

NYSPHSAA Championshipr
the dogpile
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Nathanel Lepage

The Clinton Warriors would have a dogpile at there goal as they are crowned the 2020 NYSPHSAA Girl's Hockey champions. In only its fifth year of play, Clinton Central’s girl's hockey program claimed its first NYSPHSAA Regional Championship title Sunday at Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena. Up against the defending champion, Section VI’s Williamsville, the Lady Warriors earned the title with a strong defensive performance and a second straight 1-0 shutout by senior goaltender Hailey Millington. After one scoreless period of play, Clinton led the shots on goal count 4-1 despite Williamsville spending most of the period in the offensive zone. Clinton’s defense held firm, taking away shooting lanes and working on the transition. The second period saw increased offensive pressure by Williamsville, who outshot the Warriors 9-1 in the middle frame, but the Millington didn’t flinch. The deadlock was finally broken at 6:37 of the third period when Clinton captain Mia Lopata hit a one-timer from the blue line and found space just under the crossbar. Williamsville pressed for an equalizer, peppering Millington with 14 shots in the final period, but was unable to find the back of the net, and it was Clinton who piled on their goaltender in celebration at the final buzzer. Millington made a total of 24 saves in the shutout, while Williamville’s Mia Wendell stopped 12 of the 13 shots she faced. Gallery.

Williamsville East Flames Vs Plattsburgh Hornets - Girls High School Hockey Semi-finals - February 8th 2020

NYSPHSAA Final Four
rebound goal
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Nathanel Lepage

Williamsville’s Claire O’Donnell puts back a rebound over the pad of Plattsburgh goaltender Ava Julian. The first-period goal was Williamsville’s fourth en route to a 7-0 win over the Hornets. The Section VII champion Plattsburgh High School Lady Hornets saw their season come to an end Saturday with a 7-0 loss to Section VI champion Williamsville in the NYSPHSAA Regional Championship Semifinal on the 1980 Rink at Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena. Squaring up against the senior-laden defending NYSPHSAA Regional champion, Plattsburgh faced an uphill battle from the opening faceoff. It didn’t take long for the opening score, as Williamsville’s Ellie Schau lost her footing while driving to the net, sliding into the pads of Hornets goaltender Ava Julian. The official ruled there was no goaltender interference and awarded a goal to junior Elizabeth Jackson at 1:18 of the first period. The opening frame only became more difficult for Plattsburgh, as Williamsville largely dominated possession and added to their tally. Senior Emma Roland forced a turnover behind Julian’s net and carried the puck around front herself to score from the right faceoff circle at 6:13, before scoring another unassisted goal at 8:47 with a deke in front to put the puck around Julian’s pad. First-period scoring was capped off at 12:21 when Claire O’Donnell poked at a bouncing puck at the back door to hit a wide-open net after a chaotic scene in the Hornets’ crease. The second period saw Plattsburgh generate more offense, getting seven shots to Williamsville goaltender Mia Wendell, but could not find the back of the net. Meanwhile, Williamsville added goals from Jenna Cavalieri and Lindsey Powers to extend their lead to 6-0 after two periods. Having clearly lost the game, the Hornets continued to skate hard in the third period anyway, to the delight of head coach Trevor Cameron. The final frame saw only one goal, as Emma Roland sent home a feed from Erin Roland to complete her hat trick. Plattsburgh killed all four of Williamsville’s power-play opportunities in the game, while Julian made 21 saves in the loss. In the Williamsville net, the game ended with a 14-save shutout for Wendell. Gallery.

Williamsville East Flames @ Plattsburgh Hornets - NYSPHSAA Final Four Girl's Hockey - February 8th 2020

after loose puck
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Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh High School’s Rebecah Courson attempts to pressure Williamsville’s Emma Roland in the defensive corner. Roland skated around to free herself up for the first of her three goals in the 7-0 win over the Hornets. The first-period goal was Williamsville’s fourth en route to a 7-0 win over the Hornets. The Section VII champion Plattsburgh High School Lady Hornets saw their season come to an end Saturday with a 7-0 loss to Section VI champion Williamsville in the NYSPHSAA Regional Championship Semifinal on the 1980 Rink at Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena. Squaring up against the senior-laden defending NYSPHSAA Regional champion, Plattsburgh faced an uphill battle from the opening faceoff. It didn’t take long for the opening score, as Williamsville’s Ellie Schau lost her footing while driving to the net, sliding into the pads of Hornets goaltender Ava Julian. The official ruled there was no goaltender interference and awarded a goal to junior Elizabeth Jackson at 1:18 of the first period. The opening frame only became more difficult for Plattsburgh, as Williamsville largely dominated possession and added to their tally. Senior Emma Roland forced a turnover behind Julian’s net and carried the puck around front herself to score from the right faceoff circle at 6:13, before scoring another unassisted goal at 8:47 with a deke in front to put the puck around Julian’s pad. First-period scoring was capped off at 12:21 when Claire O’Donnell poked at a bouncing puck at the back door to hit a wide-open net after a chaotic scene in the Hornets’ crease. The second period saw Plattsburgh generate more offense, getting seven shots to Williamsville goaltender Mia Wendell, but could not find the back of the net. Meanwhile, Williamsville added goals from Jenna Cavalieri and Lindsey Powers to extend their lead to 6-0 after two periods. Having clearly lost the game, the Hornets continued to skate hard in the third period anyway, to the delight of head coach Trevor Cameron. The final frame saw only one goal, as Emma Roland sent home a feed from Erin Roland to complete her hat trick. Plattsburgh killed all four of Williamsville’s power-play opportunities in the game, while Julian made 21 saves in the loss. In the Williamsville net, the game ended with a 14-save shutout for Wendell. Gallery

pressure the puck
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Kyle Coryea

Williamsville goaltender Mia Wendell sends the puck behind her net under pressure from Plattsburgh’s Mackenzie Brown. Wendell made 14 saves in the shutout victory over the Hornets. Gallery

Clinton Warriors Vs Salmon River Shamrocks - Girls High School Hockey Semi-finals - February 8th 2020

NYSPHSAA Final Four
on the crease
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Nathanel Lepage

Salmon River senior Olivia Moulton loses possession of the puck just outside the crease of Clinton goaltender Hailey Millington. The undefeated Section X girls hockey champion, Salmon River, faced off against a worthy opponent Saturday on the 1980 Olympic Rink at Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena. In a tight NYSPHSAA Regional Semifinal contest, the Lady Warriors of Clinton Central knocked off the Shamrocks in a 1-0 upset. Salmon River entered the contest with a 20-0-2 record, but faced the task of taking down the team that gave them one of those two ties, a 1-1 deadlock in December. Despite the narrow result, Clinton appeared in control for large portions of the contest, keeping the Shamrocks pinned in their own zone for long stretches and restricting the Section X Champions to only 1 shot in the first period. That shot did not come until the final minute of the opening frame. When Salmon River did get offensive possession, their defensemen were repeatedly beaten at the blue line by fast-skating forwards chipping the puck to themselves along the boards. The first significant scoring opportunity for either team came on the powerplay for the Warriors, as a shot from the high slot was tipped in from of Shamrocks goaltender Carli Cartier, but the puck sailed over the crossbar and the teams entered intermission knotted at 0. Clinton took the lead at the 4:45 mark of the second period on a similar play, as sophomore defenseman Abby Kurdziolek tipped in a shot from up high by freshman forward Drew Kopek. Just over a minute later, the Section III champions celebrated a second goal before the officials ruled the net had been dislodged. Salmon River started to generate more offensive pressure in the latter stages of the second frame, but went into the third period facing a 1-0 deficit, the Warriors led shots 15-6. The Shamrocks struggled against the Clinton defense in the final period, getting only three shots on goal. Salmon River’s best scoring chance of the game came midway through the third, when Hannah Johnston and Jaryn Chubb appeared to have a clean break up the ice, only to be chased down by the defense and fail to beat goaltender Hailey Millington. The dueling senior goaltenders kept the game close throughout, as Cartier’s 18 saves on 19 shots was bested by Millington’s nine-save shutout. With the win, the Warriors advanced to the NYSPHSAA Regional Championship against defending champion Williamsville. Gallery.

Clinton Warriors Vs Salmon River Shamrocks - NYSPHSAA Final Four Girl's Hockey - February 8th 2020

along the broads
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Nathanel Lepage

Clinton goalscorer Abby Kurdziolek wins a battle along the boards with Salmon River captain Rylee Garrow. The undefeated Section X girls hockey champion, Salmon River, faced off against a worthy opponent Saturday on the 1980 Olympic Rink at Lake Placid’s Herb Brooks Arena. In a tight NYSPHSAA Regional Semifinal contest, the Lady Warriors of Clinton Central knocked off the Shamrocks in a 1-0 upset. Salmon River entered the contest with a 20-0-2 record but faced the task of taking down the team that gave them one of those two ties, a 1-1 deadlock in December. Despite the narrow result, Clinton appeared in control for large portions of the contest, keeping the Shamrocks pinned in their own zone for long stretches and restricting the Section X Champions to only 1 shot in the first period. That shot did not come until the final minute of the opening frame. When Salmon River did get offensive possession, their defensemen were repeatedly beaten at the blue line by fast-skating forwards chipping the puck to themselves along the boards. The first significant scoring opportunity for either team came on the powerplay for the Warriors, as a shot from the high slot was tipped in from of Shamrocks goaltender Carli Cartier, but the puck sailed over the crossbar and the teams entered intermission knotted at 0. Clinton took the lead at the 4:45 mark of the second period on a similar play, as sophomore defenseman Abby Kurdziolek tipped in a shot from up high by freshman forward Drew Kopek. Just over a minute later, the Section III champions celebrated a second goal before the officials ruled the net had been dislodged. Salmon River started to generate more offensive pressure in the latter stages of the second frame, but went into the third period facing a 1-0 deficit, the Warriors led shots 15-6. The Shamrocks struggled against the Clinton defense in the final period, getting only three shots on goal. Salmon River’s best scoring chance of the game came midway through the third when Hannah Johnston and Jaryn Chubb appeared to have a clean break up the ice, only to be chased down by the defense and fail to beat goaltender Hailey Millington. The dueling senior goaltenders kept the game close throughout, as Cartier’s 18 saves on 19 shots were bested by Millington’s nine-save shutout. With the win, the Warriors advanced to the NYSPHSAA Regional Championship against defending champion Williamsville. Gallery

on the attack
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Nathanel Lepage

Salmon River captain Rylee Garrow drives into the offensive zone under pressure from Clinton defenseman Payton Cronk. Gallery

#4 Malone Huskies @ #2 Plattsburgh Hornets - Upstate New York Girl's Hockey League Section VII Championship - February 3rd 2020

last chance
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Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh's Ava Julian (1) would make the save on Malone's Olivia Cook on her last second attempt to tie the game up. It would all come down to this for the Upstate New York Girls Hockey League Section VII Championship the #2 Plattsburgh Hornets and the #4 Malone Huskies in front of a few hundred fans at the Ronald B Stafford Ice Arena. The Hornets would take the early 1-0 lead on the Morgan Reid goal just 4:35 mark of the first period. The Huskies would answer back quickly just about 90 seconds later on the Olivia Cook goal to tie the game at one. The game would remain there till the final three minutes of the second period when Plattsburgh's Reylyn Giroux would score on the shorthand to make it a 2-1 game. The game would stay there till the final whistle as the defenses would reign supreme through the remainder of the game and the Hornets would get the 2-1 win. In the winning effort, Ava Julian would make 19 saves as the Plattsburgh Hornets get the win and advance to the NYSPHSAA Final Four in Lake Placid and will take on the winner from Section VI. Gallery

knock of the puck
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Kyle Coryea

Malone's Whitney St. Hilaire knocks off Plattsburgh's Gillian Boule (10) from the puck to breakup the play. Gallery

#4 Malone Huskies @ #2 Plattsburgh Hornets - High School Girls Hockey Section VII Championship - February 3rd 2020

Upstate New York Girls Hockey League Playoffs
champions
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Kyle Coryea

The Plattsburgh Hornets have been crowned the 2019-20 Upstate New York Girls Hockey League Champions for the second straight season and head to Lake Placid for the New York State Championship. It would all come down to this for the Upstate New York Girls Hockey League Section VII Championship the #2 Plattsburgh Hornets and the #4 Malone Huskies in front of a few hundred fans at the Ronald B Stafford Ice Arena. The Hornets would take the early 1-0 lead on the Morgan Reid goal just 4:35 mark of the first period. The Huskies would answer back quickly just about 90 seconds later on the Olivia Cook goal to tie the game at one. The game would remain there till the final three minutes of the second period when Plattsburgh's Reylyn Giroux would score on the shorthand to make it 2-1 game. The game would stay there till the final whistle as the defenses would reign supreme through the remainder of the game and the Hornets would get the 2-1 win. In the winning effort, Ava Julian would make 19 saves as the Plattsburgh Hornets get the win and advance to the NYSPHSAA Final Four in Lake Placid and will take on the winner from Section VI. Gallery.

#3 Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers @ #2 Plattsburgh Hornets - Upstate New York Girl's Hockey League Section VII Semi-finals- January 29th 2020

battle for puck
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Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh's Amanda Vaughn (23) and Saranac Lake/Lake Placid's Faith Warner (6) battle for the loose puck along the broads. The #2 Plattsburgh Hornets would host the #3 Saranac/Lake Placid Lakers in the Upstate Girls Hockey League Section VII Semi-finals with the winner going to the sectional finals Monday night at SUNY Plattsburgh. The hometown Hornets would get the opening goal of the game from Ada Johnston at the 7:30 mark of the first. The game would stay there until the 11:15 mark of the second when the Hornets would score again from McKenzie Brown for the 2-0 lead. Then just over halfway through the third period, the Hornets would put the game out of reach on the Gillian Boule goal for the 3-0 lead and secure the win. In the winning effort, Ava Jullian would make 13 saves in the shutout effort. With the win the Plattsburgh Hornets advance to the section vii championships against the upset-minded #4 Malone Huskies. Gallery

wrap around attempt
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Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh's Taylor Heywood (3) on the wrap around attempt on Saranac Lake/Lake Placid's Brooke Paries (1). Gallery

#3 Saranac Lake/Lake Placid Lakers @ #2 Plattsburgh Hornets - High School Girls Hockey Section VII Semi-Finals - January 29th 2020

Upstate New York Girls Hockey League Playoffs
battle to the net
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Kyle Coryea

Plattsburgh Amanda Vaughn (23) battles through the defender and gets through for the shot on net. The #2 Plattsburgh Hornets would host the #3 Saranac/Lake Placid Lakers in the Upstate Girls Hockey League Section VII Semi-finals with the winner going to the sectional finals Monday night at SUNY Plattsburgh. The hometown Hornets would get the opening goal of the game from Ada Johnston at the 7:30 mark of the first. The game would stay there until the 11:15 mark of the second when the Hornets would score again from McKenzie Brown for the 2-0 lead. Then just over halfway through the third period, the Hornets would put the game out of reach on the Gillian Boule goal for the 3-0 lead and secure the win. In the winning effort, Ava Jullian would make 13 saves in the shutout effort. With the win the Plattsburgh Hornets advance to the section vii championships against the upset-minded #4 Malone Huskies. Gallery.

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