The Norwood-Norfolk Central boys and Massena Central girls got their 2013-14 hockey seasons off to a positive start on Monday.
N-N 6, Tupper Lake 0: In an NAC Division II season opener staged at the Tupper Lake Civic Center, the visiting Icemen set the tone for the win in the opening minute with a pair of goals. Eighth-grader Ty Cotter scored his first varsity goal just 21 seconds into the game off an assist from senior Jeff Mott. Junior Zeb Brown struck for the second N-N goal just 37 seconds later assisted by Kaden Pickering and Zeb Zabrobelny. Coby Munson pushed the Icemen lead to 3-0 at the 11:19 mark on a play set up by Shane Cryderman and Zagrobelny.
Pickering and Munson netted second-period goals four minutes apart to make it 5-0 heading into the final frame where Cotter closed out the scoring off an assist from Brown with 5:09 left in regulation.
Brown and Mott both finished with a pair of helpers in the season-opening win while Tyler Fobare logged a solo assist.
Senior Kyler MacIntire turned aside the 13 shots he faced backstopping the shutout while Nathan Boyea stood tall making 41 saves working the Lumberjacks crease.
You always like to start off with a win, noted coach Paul Durant as the Icemen once again look to contend for Division II regular season and playoff honors with a team that features a solid core of veterans from last years Section 10 runner-up squad.
We only have three seniors but we have quite a few back from last year and we have a good group of younger player so its a nice mix, he added. Its going to be a very tight league this year.
The Icemen return to action on Friday when they play host to Division II rival OFA in their home opener at the Dominic Zappia Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Massena 4, Lake Placid 1: At the Massena Arena, the host Lady Raiders broke open a close game with two goals less than two minutes apart midway through the second period before going on to notch the interdivisional win over the Blue Bombers.
Freshman Katie MacCuaig fashioned a natural hattrick in the winning effort. She opened the scoring 5:17 into the game assisted by senior Molly Brockway before connecting for the eventual game-winner at the 12:39 mark assisted by sophomore Raechel Davis. MacCuaigs third goal came on the power play with assists going to sophomore Abbie Paquin and Davis at the 7:56 mark. Brockway pushed the Lady Raider lead to 4-0 just 1:31 later assisted by sophomores Molly OConnell and Abbey Paduano.
Lake Placid broke through for its only goal when Elizabeth Dimonte ended a goalmouth scramble by wristing the puck into the back of the net with 1:18 left in the middle frame. Alexa Whitney drew the lone assist.
Second-year freshman Kyrsten Stone made the majority of her 20 saves in the third period where she turned aside the 13 shots she faced working the crease for the win while sophomore Tanner Stanton tallied 16 saves for the Bombers.
Definitely, a win is a nice way to start the season. We had a good year last year and we have high expectations for this year. Its going to take a lot of hard work to reach our goals, said Massena coach Jenn Gray afterward.
We have a good group coming back but were looking for the younger kids to really step up and contribute, she added.
The Lady Raiders play host to sectional rival Salmon River on Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Massena Arena.
Saranac Lake 5, Salmon River 2: In another interdivisional matchup played at the Saranac Lake Civic Center, the host Red Storm overcame a second-period surge by the Lady Shamrocks in posting the win.
Saranac Lake led 1-0 at the first intermission on a goal by Mckayla Duffy that was assisted by Jillian Martin at the 7:46 mark. Duffy made it 2-0 just 16 seconds later from Martin and Madison Brown before the Red Storm made it a three-goal advantage at 2:39 of the second period when Chloe Peer broke through for an unassisted goal.
The Lady Shamrocks battled back to score the next two goals, getting on the board when Jenny Dejung converted from Nidia Dearmerya. The duo combined to set up Mallory Johnson for the second Salmon River goal at the 5:53 mark but Saranac Lake countered less than four minutes later on a goal by Brown the sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 1:27 left in regulation.
Becca Leroux turned aside 31 shots tending the Salmon River goal while Lindsey Reeve made 17 stops for the Red Storm.
The Lady Shamrocks are slated play at Massena Central on Wednesday starting 4 p.m. at the Massena Arena.