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Cassidy named as CVAC's top player

March 24, 2017
By LOU REUTER - Senior Sports Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid hockey team didn't have a deep bench again when it headed into the recently completed high school hockey season. But skating with just a pair of forward lines and two sets of defensemen, the Blue Bombers certainly got the best out of the small roster that they had.

Although a 3-2 loss to Beekmantown in the semifinals ended Lake Placid's hopes for a third straight Section VII title, the Blue Bombers finished on top of the heap during the regular season, and five players from this year's Champlain Athletic Conference championship team were honored as all-league selections.

Head coach Butch Martin was named the CVAC's coach of the year. This time around, the honor was Martin's alone after he shared the achievement with Beekmantown's Justin Frechette in 2016.

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Lake Placid senior Kamm Cassidy was named as the CVAC most valuable player as a goaltender. He was also first team all-conference and second team all-state.
(News photo — Lou Reuter)

Lake Placid finished the season with a 10-6-1 record overall. Each of the six losses were decided by a single goal.

Experienced and talented seniors from the goal out propelled Lake Placid, and Kamm Cassidy, Sean Moore, Bjorn Kroes, Ryan Kane and Kevin Geesler were about as good as it gets in what proved to be an extremely competitive season in the CVAC. All veterans of two straight trips to the state final four, the five seniors wrapped up their careers as all-CVAC selections.

Cassidy, a two-year starter in goal, was the backbone of the Blue Bombers. He was named the CVAC's first-team goaltender, the league's most valuable player and was a New York state Division II second-team selection.

"Kamm is the one that gave us a chance to win every time we were out there," Martin said. "He prepares himself for every game. He doesn't give up a lot of rebounds and controls the puck around the net as good as anybody. On top of that, he's just a great kid. MVP of the league was a well-deserved honor."

Cassidy finished the season with a 9-6-1 record. He recorded 458 saves on 496 shots faced for a .923 save percentage, and finished with a 2.24 goals against average.

Moore and Kane joined Cassidy as first-team CVAC selections. Second in league scoring a season ago, Moore was the CVAC's top point getter this winter. A forward, Moore finished with 17 goals, 17 assists and 34 points.

"Sean Moore can find that net. He's a real goal scorer," Martin said. "He's a hard-working guy who just loves the game. He worked hard all summer to carry over what he was able to accomplish last season."

During the past two seasons, Kane bounced back and forth from the blue line to the forward position, and just like last year, he provided the Blue Bombers with an offensive-minded defender. He scored three goals and chipped in 14 assists in the final campaign of his high school career.

"Ryan really brought an offensive touch to the defensive side of our game," Martin said. "He was very good at getting the puck out of our zone and deep into the other end of the rink. He's not afraid to shoot, and he was consistently making plays at the blue line when we were on offense. He created a lot of scoring chances."

Kroes and Geesler were Lake Placid's selections to the CVAC second team. Kroes, a forward, was second in scoring for Lake Placid with 11 goals, 19 assists and 30 points.

"Kroes could have easily been a a first-teamer, but there were so many good forwards in our league," Martin said. "He was an up-and-down-the-ice guy all season, he works hard, and he's a great playmaker. He was also a team leader more than most of the guys."

When it came to spending time on the ice, Geesler logged the most for Lake Placid. He finished with three goals and six assists.

"What a tough guy," Martin said. "Kevin played 35, 40 minutes a game. He was another two-way player who could move the puck and create chances, and in our defensive end, he was always blocking shots and creating havoc.

"We're really going to miss these guys," Martin continued. "We'll miss their experience, their leadership, and most of all, we'll miss their goals. These guys had great, memorable hockey careers at Lake Placid."



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