Red Storm hockey drops two against top teams

BRASHER FALLS – For the second game in a row, the Saranac Lake boys hockey team faced a squad that reached the final four of last year’s state tournament.

On Monday, it was St. Lawrence, which reached the state semifinals of the Division II tournament. The Red Storm fell behind by two goals in the first and were never able to overtake the lead on the way to a 3-1 defeat.

The Larries scored twice in the first period, before Saranac Lake reduced its deficit to 2-1 at the 4:44 mark of the second. Bradley Shumway was credited with the unassisted goal for the Red Storm.

St. Lawrence put the game away with a power-play goal at 8:53 in the third. Kody Kocsis scored twice for the Larries, and Lukas Arquiett had a goal and an assist.

Blake Darrah had another strong game in net for the Red Storm, stopping 32 of the 35 shots he faced. Nate Burnett made 30 saves for the Larries.

Saranac Lake fell to 4-8-1 with the loss. St. Lawrence is 8-5.

St. Lawrence lost 6-4 to John Jay of Section I in last year’s Division II final four. John Jay went on to lose to CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt 4-2 in the championship game.


McQuaid 8, Saranac Lake 1

OGDENSBURG – The Saranac Lake boys hockey team ran into a hockey powerhouse Saturday in the championship game of the Brian Wade Memorial Tournament and fell to McQuaid Jesuit 8-1.

The Knights, who lost to Saratoga Springs in the Division I state championship game last year, scored two goals in the first period and three in each of the second and third periods to top the Red Storm.

David Cluckey scored Saranac Lake’s only goal at the 9:20 mark of the second period after taking a pass from Chris Spicer.

McQuaid, a Section V team, outshot the Red Storm 49-15. Blake Darrah stopped 29 shots for the Red Storm and was named to the all-tournament team following the game.

Saranac Lake advanced to the championship game by beating Ogdensburg 1-0 on Friday night.