Storm drop another heartbreaker to NCCS
ROUSES POINT – The Saranac Lake boys hockey season came to an end with two-straight dramatic overtime losses to Northeastern Clinton.
On Monday, the Red Storm and NCCS locked horns in a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference regular season game with home-ice advantage on the line. The Cougars tied the game late in regulation and earned the win with a goal in overtime.
The teams came back Tuesday in Rouses Point in a Section VII quarterfinal game. Northeastern Clinton won again, this time by a score of 3-2 after two overtimes.
NCCS’s Nick Leduc scored the game-winner unassisted 3:13 into the second extra period.
Saranac Lake took a 2-0 lead after Trevor Keough scored on a pass from David Clukey in the first period and J.B. Chapin connected from Blake Battistoni 1:38 into the second.
Northeastern Clinton answered with a goal by Ryan Marks at the 3:34 mark of the second.
As was the case the night before, the Cougars scored a late goal to send the game into overtime. This time, it was Marks with an unassisted tally at the 13:54 mark of the third.
NCCS outshot the Red Storm 33-26. Blake Darrah recorded 33 saves for Saranac Lake and Anthony Piche stopped 26 shots for the Cougars.
Saranac Lake finished the season with a 6-12-1 overall record.
Northeastern Clinton (9-7-1) will face top-seeded Lake Placid in the 1932 Rink on Thursday at 6 p.m.
In the other half of the bracket, Beekmantown will host Plattsburgh, which beat Saranac 7-0 on Tuesday.
AuSable Valley 70, Saranac Lake 33
CLINTONVILLE – The Saranac Lake girls basketball season came to an end Tuesday night with a 70-33 loss to AuSable Valley in the quarterfinal round of the Section VII, Class B tournament.
Katie Buckley had a career game for the Red Storm, scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the losing effort. She scored 12 of those points on 3-point shots.
Saranac Lake coach Frank Johns said Talia McDonough played a strong game inside for the Red Storm. She scored four points.
Taylor Saltus and Logan Snow scored 15 points apiece to lead AuSable Valley, which led 37-18 at halftime.
Saranac Lake finished the season with a 4-14 record.
AuSable Valley will take on Saranac in the sectional semifinals on Friday night.