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Massena boys improve NAC hockey record to 7-0 with win at Potsdam


POTSDAM - The Massena Central boys hockey team relayed three solid periods into a key mid-season 5-2 NAC Division I win over Potsdam Central at Pine Street Arena on Wednesday.

“It was a total team effort for us tonight,” noted Raider coach Mike Trimboli after his squad improved to 7-0 in the NAC and 9-4 overall by outscoring the Sandstoners 3-1 in third period after having worked their way to a 2-1 lead through the first two.

Corson Green opened the scoring for Potsdam just 3:01 into the game off an assist from Logan Ford before Massena tied the game at the 9:56 mark when Wyatt Wilmshurst finished off a play set up by Patrick Manning and Jon Paul Chauvin.

Jordan Robert made it 2-1 at 1:18 of the second period assisted by Manning, who struck for the eventual game-winner 1:30 into the third with an unassisted power play goal.

Potsdam countered with its second goal at the 2:57 mark of the third as Locey broke through for an unassisted goal. Evan Kassian restored Massena’s two-goal lead at 13:15 assisted by Maddox Merry before Robert sealed the win with an empty-net goal set up by Manning with 18 seconds remaining.

Connor Paquin stopped 24 shots in the winning effort while Zach Bolt posted 31 saves for the Sandstoners.

The Raiders return to action on Monday with a game on the road against Salmon River starting at 7 p.m. while the Sandstoners (4-7, 3-2) are slated to play against Canton on Friday at the Canton Pavilion at 7:15 p.m.

In the other NAC boys hockey matchups on Wednesday, Salmon River skated to a 3-3 overtime tie at home with Division I rival Canton while Division II action saw Norwood-Norfolk down the Islanders 5-1 and St. Lawrence Central blank Franklin Academy 8-0.

Salmon River 3, Canton 3 (OT): At the Tom Cavanaugh Arena in Fort Covington, the Shamrocks countered the first Canton goal with three quick goals before the Bears battled back to settle for the overtime tie.

Cody Moore opened the scoring 11:19 into the game assisted by Josh Huiatt and Gage Emerson. The Shamrocks pulled even when Ty Terrance netted a power play goal assisted by Skkylar Thomas and Chad George at the 14:27 mark. Kyle Lewis made it 2-1 just seven seconds later assisted by Ronnie Boots and Thomas.

Terrance carried the momentum of the late goals into the start of the second period by connecting for an unassisted goal just 21 seconds in but Canton got that one right back 48 seconds later when Tanner Sanderson struck from Andrew McCormick and Emerson and the teams went into the second intermission with Salmon River clinging to a 3-2 lead that held until the Bears tied the game on a goal by Huiatt set up by Nate Gibson with just 29 seconds left in regulation.

Karrad Jackson made 18 saves working the Salmon River crease while Jon Stone stood tall handling 41 of the shots he faced tending the Canton (4-5-1, 2-2-1) goal.

The Shamrocks (5-5-2, 3-2-1) are slated to host Massena on Monday at 7 p.m.

N-N 5, Islanders 1: At the Dominic Zappia Arena in Norfolk, the visiting Islanders got off to a promising start when Kyle Delaney opened the scoring 8:20 into the game assisted by Talon Parker and Garrett Denny but the Icemen tied the game just 45 seconds later on an unassisted goal by Coby Munson then took the lead 54 seconds after that when Zeb Brown finished off a play set up by Brandon Cousineau and Kaden Pickering.

Pickering made it 3-1 just 2:35 into the middle frame assisted by Brown, who struck for his second of the game at the 8:38 mark.

Pickering struck for the fourth N-N goal 25 seconds into the third period assisted by Brown before Ty Cotter closed out the scoring with 5:26 left in regulation on a play set up by Cousineau and Josh Reed.

Kyler MacIntire (12 saves) and Brandon Richards (10 saves) combined to backstop the win while Miles Kearns tallied 28 saves for the Islanders (2-7, 1-6).

The Icemen will be hosting a weekend tournament starting on Friday when they go up against Franklin Academy at 6 p.m. in a game that will also serve as an NAC game. SLC and Plattsburgh High meet in the other first round game on Friday at 8 p.m.

FA and Plattsburgh are then slated to square off on Saturday at 1 p.m. before N-N and SLC face-off in another NAC contest at 3 p.m.

SLC 7, FA 0: At the Tri-Town Arena, the Larries skated to a 3-0 lead by the first intermission and never looked back in netting their third straight win. Kody Kocsis opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the game assisted by Lukas Arquiett. Kocsis went on to score the second SLC goal at the 10:37 mark before Arquiett struck for the forst of his two straight goals with 2:48 left in the opening frame.

The Larries broke the game open with three power play goals in a row in just over four minutes in the second period as Arquiett connected from Jake Sutton at the 3:58 mark before Hadyn St. Hilaire generated back—to-back goals at 6:59 and 8:06. Joey DiMatteo closed out the scoring off an assist from Styles Arquiett with 3:16 left in regulation.

Lukas Arquiett finished with two goals and four assists. Luke Peets also logged four helpers while Drew Rose earned a solo assist in the winning effort.

Nate Burnett worked the SLC crease for 18 saves before giving way to Austin LaPage (3 saves) and Bransen Kinnear (2 saves) over the final 10 minutes. Joey Brown (37 saves) and Brandon Powers (5 saves) split crease duties for the Huskies (1-11, 0-6).

“We were able to establish a pretty good forecheck again tonight and our power play really clicked in the second period,” noted coach Mickey Locke after his squad improved to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the NAC.

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