MASSENA - The third period proved to be the difference for both the Massena Central and Potsdam Central boys hockey teams on the first night of a mid-season tournament at the Massena Arena on Friday.
The host Raiders generated three goals in a span of less than seven minutes in the third period to erase a 3-0 deficit and set the stage for a 4-3 overtime win over Lancaster while the Sandstoners gave up a shorthanded goal and two power play goals in the final frame of a 6-2 loss to Suffern.
Massena and Suffern will square off today at 2:30 p.m. in what will serve as the championship game. Potsdam and Lancaster are slated to face-off at noon.
Massena 4, Lancaster 3 (OT): Senior Tyler Young tied the game with a power play goal set up by Dylan Stone and Patrick Manning with 1:37 left in regulation then lifted the Raiders to the win when he took a lead pass from Stone, raced down the right wing then swept in toward goal and one-handed a shot into the far side while fending off a Lancaster player with his free arm just 1:07 into the five-minute overtime.
We were down 3-0 and we told the kids that it was time to make a decision. Were they going to play their style of hockey or were they going to keep letting Lancaster play their style of hocky. They came out in the third period and got back to playing our style, noted coach Mike Trimboli after his team improved to 7-2-1 on the season.
Lancaster built a 3-0 lead on three second-period goals by Ryan Pyc at 1:37, Josh Brazen at 3:39 and Cole Brooks at 10:39.
Manning started the Massena comeback at 6:37 of the third with an unassisted power play goal. Wyatt Wilmshurst made it 3-2 just over three minutes later assisted by Ryan Thomas.
Jeffrey Bain made 13 saves working the crease for his second win of the season while Justin DiChristopher handled 38 shots standing tall between the pipes for Lancaster.
Suffern 6, Potsdam 2: In the opening game of the tournament, the third-ranked Mounties used some outstanding special teams play to break away from the Sandstoners for the convincing win.
Suffern (7-1) opened a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Michael Ruthberg and Kevin Hill.
The Sandstoners got on the board at 8:26 of the second period when Logan Ford finished off a play set up by Courson Green.
Tom Brennan restored the two-goal lead just over a minute later with the first of three power play goal fashioned by the Huskies but Billy Bergan made it 3-2 with only 25 seconds left in the middle frame off an assist from Ford.
Hill helped Suffern put the game out of reach in the third period breaking through for a shorthanded goal at the 1:11 mark assisted by Michael Redgate, who made it 5-2 at 2:28 with an unassisted power play goal. Brennan then sealed the win with a power play goal with 3:42 left in regulation.
Hill finished with two goals and two assists on the night while Redgate tallied a goal and two assists.
Zach Bolt turned aside 24 shots working the Sandstoner (4-5) crease while Nick Modicka logged 22 saves backstopping the win.
OTHER BOYS HOCKEY
In a pair of NAC matchups on Friday, Salmon River outlasted the Islanders 5-3 and Franklin Academy edged Division II rival Tupper Lake 2-1 in the first round of its weekend tournament while another non-league contest saw St. Lawrence Central blank Sweet Home 2-0.
Salmon River 5, Islanders 3: At Tom Cavanaugh Arena, the visiting Islanders built an early 2-0 lead before the Shamrocks battled back to claim the interdivisional win.
Kyle Delaney opened the scoring just 3:20 into the game and Austin Marshall made it 2-0 at the 6:51 mark before a quick scoring burst late in the period pulled the Shamrocks even. Sean David connected at 9:34 off an assist from Chad George before Quinn Armstrong knotted the score less than two minutes later assisted by David.
The Shamrocks took their first lead just 1:26 into the second period when Kyle Lewis converted for a power play goal assisted by Ronnie Boots but Garrett Denny tied the game at the 9:20 mark with the third unassisted goal for the Islanders.
Lewis put the Shamrocks back on top to stay with his second of the game at 11:17 assisted by Ty Terrance, who completed the comeback 6:21 into the third period on a play set up by Skkylar Thomas and Lewis.
Senior Dennis Bero made 19 saves working the Salmon River crease for his first high school career win in his first start of the season. Miles Kearns handled 35 shots for the Islanders (2-4-1, 1-4-1).
The Shamrocks close out a busy four-day, three-game stretch this evening when they head to Brasher Falls to take on Division II rival St. Lawrence Central starting at 7 p.m.
FA 2, Tupper Lake 1: At the Malone Civic Center, all the scoring took place in the second period where the Lumberjacks struck first when Bryce Guerette connected from Elliott Fletcher at the 4:33 mark.
The Huskies (4-4-1, 4-3-1) pulled even with 4:45 left in the middle frame on a goal by Trevor Cooley. Bailey Conklin then struck for an unassisted goal just 48 seconds later and that would stand as the game-winner.
Joey Brown turned aside 24 shots in the winning effort while Tyler Nilsson made 26 saves for Tupper Lake (0-9-1, 0-8-1).
SLC 2, Sweet Home 0: At the Tri-Town Arena, the Larries got the only goal they would net at 11:12 of the first period when Luke Peets converted off an assist from Lukas Arquiett. Kody Kocsis capped the win with an unassisted empty-net goal with eight seconds left in regulation.
Nate Burnett had 18 saves for his first shutout of the season while Zachary Farkas stopped 24 shots for the Panthers.