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MASSENA - The Massena Central boys hockey team ended a two-game winless skid with a 6-2 decision over Norwood-Norfolk at the Massena Arena in the only NAC game on Tuesday.

The Raiders skated to a 3-1 lead in the first period then put the game out of reach with a pair of unanswered second-period goals as they improved to 6-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 in the Division I standings.

Brantley Adams opened the scoring with a power play goal set up by Tyler Young just 6:04 into the game. Anthony Cortese made it 2-0 at the 10:11 mark assisted by Zach Robert and Grayson Phillips before the Icemen broke through for their first goal of the game just 1:30 later when Kaden Pickering connected from Zeb Brown. Cortese restored the two-goal lead when he finished off a play set up by Robert and Young for a power play goal with 1:00 left in the opening frame.

Ian Wilson’s first goal of the year put Massena ahead 4-1 at 4:55 of the middle period before Phillips connected from Young with 1:33 left for the fifth Raider goal.

Kyle Bent finished off a play set up by Tristan Harvey for the second Icemen goal at 2:08 of the third but Maddox Merry sealed the win with his first of the season off an assist from Jordan Hart with 10 minutes left in regulation.

Connor Paquin turned aside 27 shots working the crease for the win while Brandon Richards was counted on to make 24 saves tending the N-N goal.

The Raiders will be back in action at the Massena Arena as they host their annual Invitational Tournament starting Friday night when they take on Lancaster at 8 p.m. Potsdam will square off against Rome Free Academy in the first game of the night starting at 5:30 p.m. The teams will then trades opponents on Saturday with Potsdam matching up against Lancaster at noon and Massena facing RFA at 2:30 p.m.

The Icemen (5-4, 3-2) are slated to host the Islanders this evening in an NAC Division II encounter at Dominic Zappia Arena starting at 7 p.m.

The lone other game involving an NAC boys hockey team on Tuesday saw Franklin Academy drop a 2-0 non-league decision at home to Northwood Prep.

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