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Massena boys skate past Salmon River; SLC turns back Saranac Lake


Massena Central outscored NAC Division I rival Salmon River 6-2 while St. Lawrence Central netted a 3-1 non-league win at home over Saranac Lake in high school boys hockey action on Monday.

Massena, 6, Salmon River 2: At Fort Covington, the host Shamrocks got off to a promising start with two goals in the first four minutes before the Raiders steadily regrouped to produce the convincing win.

Nate Smoke opened the scoring 1:54 into the game with a power play goal assisted by Sean David, who made it 2-0 less than two minutes later with an unassisted goal at the 3:51 mark.

The Raiders slowed the early Salmon River momentum when Patrick Manning converted off an assist from Jordan Robert at 6:20 of the first.

Dylan Stone tied the game 3:53 into the second period assisted by Tyler Young and Ben Sprague before back-to-back power play goals by Manning and Young midway through the middle frame completed the Raider comeback.

Manning went on to complete his hattrick 52 seconds into the third period assisted by Sprage before Ryan Thomas sealed the win with 1:27 left off an assist from Cameron Marsh.

“Salmon came right out and got the two goals but we came back and put together three solid periods of hockey,” noted Raiders coach Mike Trimboli.

Young finished with a goal and two assists while Robert notched a pair of helpers.

Connor Paquin worked the Raider crease for 17 saves while Jarrad Jackson made 31 saves for the Shamrocks.

“We have a type of game that we want to play and we came out playing that way. Massena really turned it around on us and we got welcomed to a big game,” noted Shamrocks coach Tim Cook. “We’re looking down the road and we’re going to work on sorting out some of the issues that came up tonight.”

Massena (10-4, 8-0) return to action on Saturday against Norwood-Norfolk at Dominic Zappia Arena in Norfolk on Saturday at 1 p.m. while Salmon River (5-6-2, 3-3-1) travels to Ogdensburg on Wednesday to face OFA at the Golden Dome starting at 6:30 p.m.

SLC 3, Saranac Lake 1: At the Tri-Town Arena, the Larries built a 2-0 lead in the first period and made it stand for their sixth straight win.

Lukas Arquiett opened the scoring 5:02 into the game assisted by Drew Rose and Jake Sutton. Kody Kocsis struck for the eventual game-winner just 25 seconds alter assisted by Luke Peets.

The Red Storm cut the deficit to 2-1 when Brad Shumway broke through for an unassisted goal at 4:44 of the second period. Kocsis sealed the win with a power play goal assisted by Rose and Arquiett at 8:53 of the third.

Nate Burnett handled 30 shots for the win while Blake Darrah made 32 saves for Saranac Lake (4-9-1).

Now 8-5 overall the Larries return to action on Friday at Tupper Lake starting at 6:30 p.m.

Two other NAC boys hockey matchups on on Monday saw Canton gain a 3-2 interdivisional win over Norwood-Norfolk and Franklin Academy double the Islanders in a Division II matchup.

Canton 3, N-N 2: At the Canton Pavilion, the visiting Icemen rallied from a 2-0 deficit before the Golden Bears (5-6-1, 3-2-1) regrouped to regain the lead early in the third.

Zach James opened the scoring 7:35 into the game assisted by Mike Huber and Tanner Sanderson made it 2-0 just over two minutes later assisted by Matt Mende and Cody Moore.

The Icemen got on the board just 3:11 into the middle frame when Coby Munson finished off a play set up by Tristen Harvey and Jeff Mott.

Zeb Brown tied the game just 3:19 into the third assisted by Austin Cousineau and Kaden Pickering but the Bears countered just 51 seconds later when Sanderson connected from Andrew McCormick and Moore.

Jake Facey made 24 saves backstopping the win while Kyler MacIntire turned aside 24 shots in the losing effort.

The Icemen (8-3, 6-3) will look to snap a two-game losing skid on Wednesday at home against Division II rival Tupper Lake starting at 7 p.m. at the Dominic Zappia Arena.

FA 4, Islanders 2: At the Malone Civic Center, Kyler Head netted a pair of goals as the Huskies worked their way to a 4-1 lead through the first two periods before going on to snap a four-game losing skid. Bailey Conklin opened the scoring with an unassisted goal just 1:33 into the game and went on to log a pair of assists. Jake Henning chipped in a goal and assist. Jake Perry and Jordan Scharf each earned solo helpers.

Cam Morgan scored the first Islanders goal assisted by Jordan VanBrocklin with 1:20 left in the first period. Garrett Denny closed out the scoring with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 7:44 of the third.

Joey Brown turned aside 18 shots working the crease for FA (5-8-1, 4-6-1). Noah Crandall made 21 saves for the Islanders (2-7-1, 1-6-1).

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