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Potsdam boys stage dramatic overtime win over Salmon River in NAC ice debut


FORT COVINGTON - The Potsdam Central boys hockey team opened the NAC Division I season by staging a dramatic overtime win on the road over Salmon River on Tuesday at Tom Cavanaugh Arena.

The Sandstoners, who were coming off a championship win at their annual Bill Corbett Tournament over the weekend, trailed 4-1 head into the third period before reeling off the final four goals.

Josh Locey, who had combined with Jason Cardinal to set up Logan Ford with the equalizer with 5:35 left in regulation, completed the comeback when he converted off an assist from Ford with 1:16 remaining in overtime.

The teams traded goals to start the game with the Shamrocks taking a quick lead when Kyle Lewis connected from Ryan Thomas at the 3:29 mark. The Sandstoners countered with their first goal 8:56 into the game when Carsen Green finished off an assist from Cody Compeau but Skylar Thomas struck for an unassisted goal just six seconds later to put Salmon River back on top. Nate Cole made it 3-1 at the 13:56 mark assisted by Lewis and Ryan Thomas.

Ronnie Boots scored the only goal of the second period at the 8:13 mark assisted by Nate Smoke and Naylen Laffin to put the Shamrocks ahead by three to start the third period.

Ford sparked the Potsdam comeback with an unassisted goal just 1:06 into the third then set up Cardinal for the third Sandstoner goal at the 7:52 mark.

Devin Crary (9 saves) and Jacob Crary (12 saves) shared crease duties in the win for Potsdam (3-0, 1-0) while Dennis Bero turned aside 31 of the shots he faced for the Shamrocks (1-2, 0-1).

Both teams will be competing in tournament this weekend with Potsdam traveling to the Canton Pavilion for games against Williamville-East on Friday (9 p.m.) and Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday (12:30 p.m.) and Salmon River hosting Massena, Queensbury and Kenmore-East. The Shamrocks take on Queensbury on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by Massena vs. Kenmore-East at 8:15 p.m. The Saturday matchups have Massena squaring off against Queensbury at 12:15 p.m. and Salmon River facing Kenmore-East at 2:30 p.m.

In a non-league boys hockey contest on Tuesday, Franklin Academy improved to 3-0 overall via a 2-1 decision on the road over Northeastern Clinton Central.

FA 2, NCCS 1: The host Cougars (1-1) opened the scoring in the second goal on an unassisted goal by Reese Rucker with 4:15 left in the second period before the Huskies rallied with a pair of goals in the third.

Tanner Studlack tied the game with a power play goal assisted by Tucker Bartenslager and Bailey Conklin at the 6:16 mark. Shawn Mulverhill finished off a play set up by Trevor Cooley and Studlack with one minute left in regulation to cap the comeback.

Joey Brown handled 30 shots backstopping the win while Cody Young had 17 saves in the losing cause.

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