FORT COVINGTON - The Massena Central girls hockey team received some outside help in taking over sole possession of first place atop the Section 10 regular season standings on Monday.
The Lady Raiders improved to 5-1 in the league after skating to an 8-1 win on the road over sectional rival Salmon River while Potsdam Central slipped into second place at 5-2 after dropping a 4-1 decion at home to Canton.
Massena 8, Salmon River 1: At Tom Cavanaugh Arena, the Lady Raiders went ahead 2-0 on first-period goals by Mikenna Merry at 9:29 and Molly OConnell at the 13:00 mark before breaking the game open with four second-period goals.
OConnell finished with a pair of goals in a balanced offensive effort for Massena. Amber Thomas generated two goals and an assist. Katie MacCuaig tallied a goal and three assists. Mia Swamp and Raechel Davis connected for the other goals. Abbie Paquin and Chelsea Streeter each fashioned a pair of assists while Bailey Dillabough logged a solo helper.
Kiannah Thomas netted the lone Salmon River goal with 8:31 left in regulation assisted by Jenny Dejung.
Kyrsten Stone handled seven shots backstopping the win while Becca Leroux (14 saves) and Abby Grant (20 saves) combined to work the Salmon River crease.
Now 13-2 overall, Massena returns to action on Wednesday on the road against sectional rival St. Lawrence Central at the Tri-Town Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Canton 4, Potsdam 1: In an early afternoon Martin Luther King Day matinee at Pine Street Arena, the Lady Sandstoners broke through for the opening goal just 1:11 into the second period when Jenny Tardelli notched a power play goal assisted by Kalie Grant and Ally Miller but the Lady Golden Bears managed to tie the game in the middle frame then reeled off three unanswered third-period goals to come away with the win.
Blake Orosz tied the game with an unassisted goal at 10:07 of the second then connected for an unassisted goal that would hold up as the game-winner 2:34 into the third. Sam Mace made it 3-1 with a power play goal set up by Mary Kait Mace with 4:11 left in regulation. Orosz completed her hattrick just under two minutes later assisted by Margret Troiano and Natalie Giglio.
Allie Compeau made 12 saves for Potsdam (10-5, 5-2) while Elizabeth Burke stopped 19 shots for Canton.
The two Route 11 rivals square off against each other on Wednesday at the Canton Pavilion starting at 5:15 p.m.