The Potsdam Central girls hockey team opened a busy week by winning their Section 10 debut against St. Lawrence Central on Monday while Massena Central closed out a successful weekend road trip by claiming top honors on Saturday at the a tournament in Vermont hosted by Bellows Free Academy.
Potsdam 8, SLC 2: At Pine Street Arena, the Lady Sandstoners broke open a close game with four goals in a span of less than three minutes midway through the second period before going on to win their sectional debut.
Kirstin Barkley struck for the first goal of the game at 7:51 of the first period but the Lady Larries pulled even just 1:49 into the second when Maddie Derouchie finished off a play set up by Katie Lamica and Riley Barton.
Kalie Grant sparked the decisive Potsdam scoring surge when she scored from Ally Miller and Barkley at the 8:51 mark. Just over a minute later, Barkley converted from Grant for what would stand as the game-winner. Megan Plumb made it 4-1 with an unassisted goal 28 seconds later before Paige McCabe capped the Lady Sandstoners outburst with a power play goal at 11:42 assisted by Grant and Plumb.
The teams traded goals to open the third period as Barkley completed her hattrick at the 1:13 mark assisted by Grant and McCabe before Kerrigan Rondeau connected from Kim Reville for the second SLC goal at the 2:42 mark. The Lady Sandstoners went on to seal the win with the final two goals of the game as Grant converted from Miller at 7:18 and Barkley finished off an assist from Jayden Young for a shorthanded goal with 12 seconds remaining.
Allie Compea played the first half of the game between the pipes for Potsdam and wasnt credited with a save. Sidney Molnar then came on to record six stops over the final period and a-half.
Holly Zeldenrust turned in another solid effort in goal for the Lady Larries with a 46-save performance.
Potsdam moved to 2-2 overall with the win and will look to reverse one of its losses on Wednesday at home against the Islanders starting at 6:30 p.m. while SLC (0-6) heads to Massena on Wednesday looking for its first victory.
MASSENA WINS TOURNEY
At the Christi Corrian Blitz Tournament hosted by BFA in St. Albans, Vermont, the Lady Raiders came away with the championship trophy after gaining a second-round shootout victory over Essex on Saturday.
The girls really worked hard every game this weekend against some very strong competition. These were all nice wins, said coach Jenn Gray after her squad posted three wins in three days on the road over Albany Academy, BFA and Essex.
In Saturdays game, the teams played through three periods of scoreless regulation and five minutes of overtime before the Lady Raiders converted on three of their first four attempts in the shootout while shutting out Essex.
Abbie Paquin converted on the first Massena attempt and that turned out to be the only goal the Lady Raiders would need as Maddi Dillabough, who posted 13 saves backstopping the win, turned aside two of the shots she faced in the shootout and forced an Essex misfire while Raechel Davis and KC Herne netted the other goals in the 3-0 shootout victory.
Victoria Gibson made 26 saves in the losing cause.
Now 6-0 overall, the Lady Raiders are slated to host Section 10 rival St. Lawrence Central this Wednesday at 5 p.m. before hosting a weekend tournament with a field that includes Potsdam, BFA and Williamsville of Section 6.