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Potsdam, SLC skate to NAC boys hockey road wins

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Potsdam Central skated to a 5-1 win on the road over Salmon River while St. Lawrence Central outscored Frankliln Academy 4-1 in NAC boys hockey action on Thursday.

Both games were make-ups from Wednesday night. The Canton Central at Massena Central game that was also postponed has been rescheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Massena Arena and the Norwood-Norfolk at Tupper Lake contest is now slated for this evening at 7 p.m. at the Tupper Lake Arena.

Potsdam 5, Salmon River 1: In the lone Division I game of the night, Corson Green scored the game’s first three goals, two in the first period and the lone goal in the second, then capped off the Sandstoners’ victory with an empty net goal with 1:07 left in the contest. Logan Ford added the other Potsdam marker and helped in the win with a pair of assists as Potsdam improves to 7-4-1 in league play and 9-8-1 overall.

Sean David recorded the lone goal for Salmon River 4:16 into the final stanza on assists from Tyren Boots and Trenton Tarbell.

Zach Bolt stopped 29 of the 30 Salmon River shots to post the win in goal for Potsdam, while the Shamrocks deployed a pair of goalies. Aidan Comins started in net for SRC and made 10 saves, while Jarrod Jackson stopped 13 of the 16 shots Potsdam sent his way.

“The outcome of the game was not like we had hoped for,” said Salmon River coach Tim Cook. “I appreciate the efforts of all of our seniors and I feel that they have done a lot for the Salmon River program. They all will be missed.”

The Shamrocks opened up the season with 11 seniors on the roster as Dennis Bero, Ronnie Boots, Aidan Comins, Kassidy Lafrance, Austin Leroux, Kyle Lewis, Nate Smoke, Tye Terrance, Tyler Thomas, Sakweienteres White and Austin Comins played for the final time during the regular season at the Cavanaugh Arena.

“We still have a lot of hockey left to play,” continued Cook. “We have two tough non-league games (Friday and Saturday at Massena Tournament) and then we get ready to face Massena in the playoffs.”

“We are hoping that Massena will regret inviting us to their tournament,” added Cook, who is looking to pull off a pair of wins to give the Shamrocks some much needed momentum heading into the upcoming Division I playoffs.

Potsdam is slated to play a non-league game on the road against Cicero-North Syracuse this evening while the Shamrocks will be back on the ice for a game this afternoon at 5 p.m. against state-ranked Pelham in the first round of a tournament host by Massena Central at the Massena Arena.

SLC 4, FA 1: In a Division II matchup at the Malone Civic Center,

the Larries scored at least one goal in each period led by the two-goal effort of Drew Rose, who scored the first and last goals of the game, and got solo markers in the second period by Lukas Arquiett and Nick Kowalchuk to upend the Huskies 4-1.

Both teams opened up the game at the Malone Civic Center on the offensive Thursday, but solid backchecking and keen goaltending kept the game scoreless until late in the stanza when the Larries drew first blood.

Rose picked up a loose puck at the Malone blue line, skated inside the right faceoff circle and snapped a wrister that went over the left shoulder of FA goalie Joey Brown and into the net for a 1-0 St. Lawrence lead. The Huskies had just killed off a man disadvantage when Rose scooped up the puck and raced into the FA zone for the game’s first goal.

The 1-0 St. Lawrence lead stood up until the latter stages of the second – a period that the Malone coaching staff felt their team had dominated.

SLC regrouped after the FA attack and scored a pair of late-period goals during the middle stanza to increase its lead to 3-0.

Lukas Arquiett put the visitors up 2-0 at 5:12 of the second, then Nick Kowalchuk gave the Larries a three-goal lead two and a half minutes later.

FA finally broke the shutout bid of SLC goalie Nate Burnett early in the third, as Trevor Cooley and Bailey Conklin did their jobs behind the Larries’ net, freed up the puck with Conklin centering a pass into the slot where Jake Henning was waiting and had little trouble getting his one-timer past Burnett.

Rose capped the scoring with the final goal of the game at 8:36.

In posting the win, Burnett stopped 22 of the 23 Malone shots, while Brown finished with 30 saves between the pipes for the Huskies.

The win by the Larries moves the squad to 7-4-1 in the Northern Athletic Conference Division II standings and ensures SLC of at least a second place finished and a home game in the second round of the upcoming playoffs. The top two teams in Division II will receive a first-round bye.

The Larries close out the regular season on Monday at home against Division II rival OFA starting at 7 p.m. at the Tri-Town Arena. OFA beat the Islanders 6-2 in the other NAC game played Thursday night.


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