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2009 Hall of Fame Inductions

 

Teams- 1992 Division 2 Salmon River Shamrocks
 
 By the skin of its Toothe, Pittsford became the first Section 5 team to reach a State final. Panthers goal tender Nelson Toothe made 41 saves to upset heavily favored Canton in the Division 2 semi-final 8-4. Matt Garver, a center on Pittsford devastating first line scored four goals and added 2 assists.
       In the championship final, with Pittsford holding a 6-5 lead midway through the third period, Salmon River's Ray Jock scored a breakaway goal to tie the score. Jock later scored the go ahead goal with a slap shot from just inside the red line, then added an empty-net goal[ his 5th goal of the game ] to ice Salmon River's 4th State Championship title 8-6.[ Jock also scored 2 goals in the Shamrocks 4-2 semi-final win over Rye.
       Salmon River earned their trip to Utica under very unusual circumstances. Due to a measles epidemic in Glens Falls, the Regional qualifying game, played at Salmon River's home rink in Fort Covington, was played without fans in an empty arena. The Salmon River students still found a unique way to make their presence felt, however. During the week they decorated the whole arena with Shamrocks.
 
Teams- 1992 Division 1 Suffern Mounties
 
The Division 1 finals saw the return of two teams very familiar with state tournament play; Suffern, who reached the semi-finals in four of the last five years and Massena a four time finalist and 2 time state champion.
       Massena dominated Aquinas Institute 8-3 in the semi-finals, while Suffern registered a 3-2 win over Seton Catholic of Plattsburgh on a long shot that deflected into the air that Seton's goalie lost in the ceiling lights.
       The championship game saw Massena and Suffern trading goals in a hard fought defensive struggle. Trailing by a goal in the final minute of play, Suffern coach John Orlando pulled goalie
Rob Cerabona to get an extra attacker in the offensive zone. With 30 seconds remaining in regulation time, Dan White's pass found Rob Stevens, Suffern's leading scorer, alone in front of the Massena net. Stevens the wristed a 10 footer to tie the game. Then at 3:05 of the first overtime period, Stevens scored again to give Suffern their first ever State Championship. It was the only time in the game that the Mounties had the lead..

Coaches-
Bill Plante- Salmon River
Tim Suppe- Clinton
Frank Panek- Bishop Timon

 

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