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Red Storm repeat as Section VII hockey champs

Members of the Saranac Lake hockey team mob goalie Blake Darrah to celebrate their second straight Section VII title Feb. 27.

Members of the Saranac Lake hockey team mob goalie Blake Darrah to celebrate their second straight Section VII title Feb. 27. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “I knew at that point we were in for a tough game,” Darrah said.

The tie lasted for all of 10 seconds, when Darrah took the face off from Jacob Garrett and skated past the defense to score the second goal of the game for the Red Storm.

“I thought the defense was right there, but I had skated past them somehow,” Darrah said. “I got through and I knew that I had to score.”

“I don’t think he has seen the ice that open all season,” Ellsworth said. “He usually has to work for his goals, but he is a kid that the puck just seems to be attracted to his stick. When you get him alone with just the goalie, he is going to convert.”

There was the potential for even more scoring, as a Phelan score was whistled dead due to a goal out of position and a Tolosky shot off a rebound being whistled dead by the officials.

The second period started out a lot calmer than the first, with no scoring through the first five minutes of play. At the 6:33 mark, Quinn Urquhart took a pass from Jacob Garrett as the result of a 2-on-1 rush, putting it top shelf to give the Red Storm a 3-1 edge.

The first two penalties of the game were also called in the second period, with Eric Bechard sitting at the 12:09 mark and Grant Strack being called to the box at the 3:49 mark. Both penalties were killed by the opponent.

In the third period, Devin Darrah capitalized with just six seconds remaining on a power play opportunity at the 11:35 mark of the period, firing a shot on net and then following up on the rebound to give the Red Storm a 4-1 lead. Jonathan Fine-Lease was in the penalty box for the Hornets.

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