Red Storm skate to McHugh title
High School Roundup
SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake boys hockey team started the season on a good note this weekend with two convincing wins on the way to capturing the seventh annual Casey McHugh Memorial Tournament championship.
The Red Storm took down Niskayuna 2-0 on Friday then came back Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa. Lake Placid dropped both its tournament games — 11-1 on Friday against Burnt HIlls and 5-1 on Saturday against Niskayuna.
Saranac Lake freshman Rhett Darrah was named as the most valuable player of the tournament after scoring two goals in each game.
The Red Storm used two goaltenders as Jayden Gladd played Friday night and Bruno Freeman earned the win on Saturday after stopping 20 of the 21 shots he faced.
The Red Storm raced out to a 3-0 lead in Saturday’s game and never looked back. Quinn Peer scored first 3:43 into the game, Darrah connected at 10:20 and Stephen Huyck extended the advantage with a goal at 12:06 of the first period.
Burnt Hills responded with a score by Owen Grabb late in the second period, but Darrah capped off the victory with an unassisted goal 4:44 into the third period.
Saranac Lake outshot Burnt Hills 30-21 over the course of the game.
Earlier Saturday, Lake Placid was unable to capitalize on its early lead as Niskayuna scored five unanswered goals to skate away with the victory.
Lake Placid junior Hayden Plank took a pass from Tyler Hinckley for the game’s first goal at 6:01 of the first, but it was all Niskayuna from there.
The Blue Bombers fell to 0-2 with the loss.
SLP 4, Alexandria Bay 1
ALEXANDRIA BAY — The combined Saranac Lake and Lake Placid girls hockey team picked up its first win of the season Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Alexandria Bay.
Tess Stanton scored twice for SLP, while Faith Fell had a goal and two assists and Alex Hill contributed a goal and an assist in the win.
Brooke Paries earned the victory in goal for SLP after stopping 20 of the 21 shots she faced.
SLP (1-2) opened the season with two overtime losses, both at home.
“Great to get a win after our first two overtime losses,” SLP coach Bill Peer said in an email. “Our girls played well from the start. We were pleased with how we got off the bus from a long trip and got after it.”
SLP returns to action Tuesday at the Saranac Lake Civic Center against Canton.