UTICA - To the NYSPHSAA Division I champion Massena Central hockey team went the individual spoils following Sundays 4-1 win over Ithaca High in the 2014 title game at the Utica.
In notching a record sixth state title, the Raiders dominated the All-Tournament Team selections. Sophomore forward Patrick Manning was announced as the tournament MVP and earn all-tourney honors along with teammates senior Tyler Young at forward, junior Devin Page on defense and senior netminder Connor Paquin. Ithaca junior forward Nate Walker and senior defenseman Charlie Estill rounded out the All-Tournament team.
Massena also saw three players earn All-State honors with Young being honored as the Player of the Year. He was joined on the Frst Team at foward by Manning while Paquin was the Honorable Mention goaltender. Head coach Mike Trimboli was announced as the Division I Coach of the Year
Manning anchored a balanced Massena offense this winter with 45 points on 26 goals and 19 assists. He consistently rose to the occasion in the playoffs as well. He connected for the game-winning goal in the second overtime of the dramatic Section 10 tournament semifinal win at home over Salmon River, tallied a goal and assists in the win over Monroe-Woodbury of Section 9 in the first round of the state tournament and fashioned the tying goals in both the wins at the Utica Aud this past weekend.
Patrick has come up with big goals for us all year, noted coach Trimboli.
The 2013-14 team captain, Young provided outstanding leadership throughout the season. He finished with 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points. His first goal against Potsdam in the Section 10 final held up as the game-winner. He went on to deliver the game-winner in the first overtime to lift the Raiders past top-ranked Section 5 champion Fairport in the state Division I semifinals then assisted on the eventual game-winner by junior linemate Dylan Stone in the title game.
Tyler is just a great leader and a heck of a hockey player. He led by example on the ice and off the ice all year, said Trimboli.
A third-year starter between the pipes this winter, Paquin only allowed three goals through the three state tournament wins. He finished with a 14-4-1 record in his 20 starts while recording a 2.00 goals against average and .890 save percentage.
Connor played his part very well for us this year, said Trimboli. Whenever we had lapses in our defensive zone, he was there to make the big save.
Since Trimboli took over the coaching helm before the start of the 2009-10 season, the Raiders have steadily worked their way back to the top of the state tournament heap. Under his guidance, Massena has won three straight sectional titles and has now advanced to Utica two years in a row.
He definitely deserved to be Coach of the Year, said Young. Hes always behind us 100 percent. He works very hard at preparation, whether its on-ice or off-ice. He coached us into a team.
People cant appreciate how much time coach Trimboli puts in, added Stone. He can be tough on us at times but it all paid off in the end.