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Larries handle Islanders in NAC hockey finale

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BRASHER FALLS - The St. Lawrence Central hockey team geared up for the upcoming Section 10 Division II playoffs by pulling away to a 6-1 NAC win at home over the Islanders in the regular season finale for both squads.

The Larries improved to 13-6-1 with their 11 win in 12 games as enter this year’s sectional tournament as the second seed behind Norwood-Norfolk. The Larries draw a first-round bye before hosting a semi-final round game against the highest remaining seed after this Friday’s quarter-final matchups pitting Tupper Lake at OFA and the Islanders at Franklin Academy.

The Section 10 Division II Championship Game is slated for Sunday, February 23, at Clarkson’s Cheel Arena.

In the win over the Islanders at Tri-Town Arena, the Larries quickly found their offensive stride with four goals in less than five minutes early in the game. Lukas Arquiett opened the scoring at the 3:05 mark assisted by Kody Koscis and Jake Sutton. Nick Kowalchuk then took a centering pass ffrom Hadyn Demers-St. Hilaire and wristed a shot into the top of the net just 12 seconds later for what would hold up as the game-winner. Arquiett made it 3-0 at the 5:02 mark assisted by Kocsis, who closed out the first-period scoring barrage when he finished off a play set up by Arquiett and Joe DiMatteo with 7:06 left.

Kocsis pushed the SLC lead to 5-0 just 2:08 into the second period assisted by Arquiett before Luke Peets closed out the scoring at the 10:15 mark on a play set up by Kocsis and Arquiett.

The Islanders got their only goal of the game 2:43 into the third when Kyle Delaney converted off an assist from Jordan VanBrocklin.

Nate Burnett started in goal for the Larries and made 20 saves through the first two periods before giving way to Austin LaPage (1 save) and Bransen Kinnear (2 saves) for the final frame. Miles Kearns made nine saves before being chased from the Islanders crease after the fourth Larries’ goal. Noah Crandall came on and turned aside 17 of the shots he faced the rest of the way.

Before the game, Styles Arquiett was honored as the lone departing senior on this year’s SLC squad.

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