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Potsdam, Massena boys hockey teams net key late-season NAC wins

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The Potsdam Central and Massena Central boys hockey teams geared up for their weekend home-and-home series with hard-fought wins against NAC rivals on Wednesday night.

Potsdam 4, St. Lawrence Central 1: In a late-season matchup of division leaders at Pine Street Arena, the host Sandstoners improved to 8-0 atop the Division I standings and 12-4 overall after building a 2-0 lead through the first two periods then answered the only goal by the Larries with the final two goals of the game.

Logan Ford opened the scoring for the Sandstoners just 3:53 into the game when he converted on the rebound of his own shot after taking a centering pass from Josh Locey to complete a two-on-one break.

The Sandstoners doubled their lead at the 6:47 mark of the second period after Robbie Scott finished off a play set up by Chad Varney but the Larries broke through with a power play goal by Devin Euto assisted by Ian Lynch at 5:54 of the third period.

But Trevor Keleher restored the two-goal advantage just over two minutes later when he tipped home a pass from Varney. Locey then sealed the win with an unassisted goal at the 10:38 mark.

Senior Devin Crary had 15 saves working the Sandstoner crease for the win while Nate McLaughlin stopped 30 shots for the Larries.

The Sandstoners travel to Massena Friday night to take on the Raiders at the Massena Arena in the first game of the home-and-home series that concludes on Saturday at Pine Street Arena starting at 7:45 p.m.

All the proceeds from the Friday night game in Massena will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors and its vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

“In an effort to further this Mission and vision, each year we will schedule one home game to honor these Wounded Warriors and the proceeds of our 50/50 raffle and chuck-a-puck contest will go directly to this project,” noted Massena coach Mike Trimboli. “With the assistance of Mark McKenna from MAC Sports LTD Canton and Hank Ford, the Red Raider Hockey Team will be outfitted in camoflague jerseys for this event.” “We hope the Massena and Potsdam communities will come out on Friday night to help cheer on their respective Teams in this Division 1 match-up but more importantly, we hope they will come out to help support this worthy cause,” Trimboli concluded.

In suffering their first loss against an NAC rival since falling to OFA in their league opener, the Larries slipped to 9-2 in the Division II standings, now one point behind the Blue Devils who moved 9-2-1 by rallying for a dramatic 5-4 overtime win at home over the Islanders on Wednesday. The Larries will look to regroup on Saturday when they hosted a non-league game against Northwood Prep at the Tri-Town Arena starting at 1 p.m.

In the other NAC boys hockey action on Wednesday, Canton outlasted Norwood-Norfolk 1-0 while non-league contests saw Northeastern Clinton Central down Franklin Academy 5-1 and Tupper Lake host Northwood Prep.

Massena 3, Salmon River 1: At Tom Cavanaugh Arena, the Raiders generated a pair of third-period goals to come away with the win.

“Salmon River played tough and the checked us really close all night but I was happy with the way we executed tonight,” said coach Trimboli after the Raiders moved to 7-2-1 in the NAC Division I standings and 10-5-1 overall.

Nate Moffitt opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 2:23 into the game but the Shamrocks (1-13-2, 0-8-2) countered with the equalizer at the 12:33 mark when Nathan Smoke converted off an assist from Ty Terrance.

The teams remained tied heading into the third period where Anthony Cortese connected from Patrick Manning for a power play goal with 7:26 left in regulation. Ian Wilson made it 3-1 four mintues later off an assist from Jordan Hart.

Connor Paquin made 10 saves in the winning effort while Cory Garrow handled 25 shots for the Shamrocks, who return to action on Monday with a game on the road against Division II rival Tupper Lake starting at 6:30 p.m.

Canton 1, N-N 0: At the Dominic Zappia Arena in Norfolk, Andrew McCormick took a lead pass from E.J. Curtis then skated into the zone against a lone defender and wristed a shot into the top corner just 51 seconds into the second period and the Bears (6-9-2, 4-3-2) made it hold up as the game-winner as the host Icemen were stymied by hot goaltender on a warm night in the North Country.

“Their goalie played a phenomenal game tonight,” said coach Paul Durant after freshman Jon Stone turned aside all 38 shots he faced to earn the shutout over his squad. “Our guys played well and worked hard all game but we just couldn’t get one past their kid.”

Brandon Richards posted 15 saves working the N-N crease.

The Icemen (8-7-1, 6-5) take on Division II rival OFA in a non-league game at the Islanders tournament on Friday at 6 p.m. in Clayton. N-N will then take on the host team in an NAC Division II contest on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. John Jay is the other team in the tournament field.

OFA 5, Islanders 4 (OT): In Ogdensburg, Drew Costigan finished off a play set up by Joe Giglio and Zach Barr 2:59 into the five-minute overtime to lift the Blue Devils to the win.

Giglio had a pair of goals to anchor the OFA effort. Brandon Mullin and Jon Tayler netted the others while David Prudhomme had 19 saves backstopping the win.

Caleb Wills, Evan Dier Colby Hunter and Sean Shepard scored for the Islanders (5-10-2, 2-9-1) while Cole James made 35 saves.

NCCS 5, FA 1: At the Malone Civic Center, the visiting Cougars (7-7) scored three times in the third period to pull away from a 2-1 lead. Alex Duffy, Jordan LaMere, Nick Palmer, Dayton Roberts and Josh Rabideau broke through for the goals in the winning effort while Cody Young turned aside 16 shots backstopping the win.

Tanner Studlack pulled the Huskies (7-9-1) to within 2-1 just 21 seconds into the middle frame with a power play goal assieted by Cameron Daniels. Brandon Powers had 20 saves in the losing cause.


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