LAKE PLACID-It only took one day in March and a team that lived up to the saying: "It's tough to beat the same team three times in one season," to change all of that.
The Saranac Lake Red Storm scored two early goals - the first just over one minute into the game - and a third late in the third period to score a 3-2 win against the top-seeded Beekmantown Eagles to capture the Section II/Division II title.
"We kept it simple out there tonight," head coach Will Ellsworth said. "The first two goals, we got pucks to the net. They were the result of faceoffs won in the offensive zone."
With just over a minute in the opening period, Nicholas Magro won a faceoff for the Red Storm, which found the stick of Grant Strack.
With the 1-0 lead 1:09 seconds into the game, the two teams battled until an attempted clear out of the Beekmantown end found the stick of the Red Storm's Alec McLean.
McLean said it was a great opportunity to get a chance to make an impact in the game.
"As the third line, we are out there to give the other lines a rest and get the puck in deep, and that was my thought," he said.
With a 2-0 lead after the first period, the Red Storm were then the hunted instead of the hunter and the Eagles were looking to strike.
Brenden Carnright drew first, collecting a rebound off a slapshot by Tavon Ford-Relation and putting it past O'Neill to cut the lead to 2-1 in the second period.
Then, Jordan Barriere and Dalton DeMarco worked the puck around the outside of the Saranac Lake zone, eventually finding Austin Bradish in the crease, who made several fakes and dekes before burying the puck at the 7:54 mark in the third to tie the game at 2-2.