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N-N skaters blank OFA; Potsdam, Massena fall short


The Norwood-Norfolk Central hockey team skated to an NAC Division II win at home over OFA while Potsdam Central and Massena Central suffered opening round setbacks in early season tournaments on Friday.

N-N 4, OFA 0: At the Dominic Zappia Arena in Norfolk, the Icemen got the only goal they wound need just 3:39 into the game when Zeb Brown gained quick control of the puck after a face-off at center-ice that was won by teammate Austin Cousineau then skated down the left wing to score a breakaway goal.

Coby Munson made it 2-0 when he finished off a play set up by Brown and Shane Cryderman at 12:40 of the second period. Kaden Pickering sealed the win with a pair of third-period goals, the first just 34 seconds in, assisted by Austin Cousineau and Brown, and the second with 56 seconds remaining off an assist from Brandin Cousineau.

Brandon Richards handled the 17 shots he faced backstopping the shutout as the Icemen improved to 2-0 with their second win in two nights.

“This was a good hockey game. It was good up-and-down hockey and I think that’s the way it’s going to be in Division II all year,” noted coach Paul Durant.

“This was a nice win for us,” he added.

David Prudhomme turned aside 26 shots in the losing cause as the Blue Devils slipped to 1-3 overall with their second straight loss to an NAC Division II rival.


In the first round of the annual Bill Corbett Memorial Tournament at Pine Street Arena, the host Sandstoners dropped a 5-1 decision to Ithaca while Canton fell to Auburn 4-0. The teams will swap opponents for today’s second round with Potsdam taking on Auburn at 1 p.m. and Canton facing off against Ithaca at 3:30 p.m.

Ithaca 5, Potsdam 1: In the second game of the night, the host Sandstoners only trailed 2-1 after two periods before the Little Red took control with three goals in the first 5:45 of the third, including power play goals in the second and fourth minutes.

“We got a bit undisciplined,” noted coach Al Benda after the Sandstoners got the season off to a losing start.

The Little Red opened the scoring at the 4:26 mark with the first of their three power play goals by Jaeyoon Kim. They went ahead 2-0 at 13:16 of the second period on a goal by Charlie Estill before Josh Sanchez got the Sandstoners on the board when he converted off an assist from Josh Locey less than a minute later.

Eli Gordon made it 3-1 at the 1:15 mark of the third before Nate Walker sealed the win with back-to-back goals just over two minutes apart in the fourth and sixth minutes.

Jake Crary made 25 saves in goal for the Sandstoners while Aaron Goldberg handled 17 shots backstopping the win.

Auburn 4, Canton 0: The Maroons (2-1) broke open a close game with a pair of goals less than a minute apart late in the second period in handing the Bears a loss in their season debut.

Brian Franceschelli finished off a play set up by Jay Wilkes and Brett Lowe at 8:02 of the first period and Brendan Entenmann handled the 19 shots he faced working the crease for the shutout.

Jake Orlando tallied a goal and assist while Nick Netti and Kaiden Tubbert struck for the other goals and Mike Gentile logged a pair of assist.

Jon Stone made 17 saves in the losing cause.


At the West Genesee Tournament in Camillus, Massena fell 4-0 to the host team in the opening round and will now get set to play in the consolation game today at 2:30 p.m. No further details were made available at presstime.

In other non-league high school boys hockey action on Friday, Salmon River skated to a 3-3 tie at Skaneateles while another NAC Division II matchup saw The Islanders blank Tupper Lake 7-0.

Salmon River 3, Skaneateles 3: In Skaneateles, the visiting Shamrocks built a 3-2 lead late in the third period before the Lakers tied the game on a power play goal with by Ray Salso with 21 seconds left in regulation and the teams went on to play through a scoreless five minutes of overtime before settling for the draw.

Salso opened the scoring 5:25 into the game before the Shamrocks pulled even on a power play goal by Sean Davis that was set up by Tye Terrance less than two minutes later.

Skaneateles regained the lead at 6:49 of the second period on a goal by Matt Benson but the Shamrocks countered with the next two goals, pulling even when Nate Smoke finished off a play set up by Ronnie Boots and David with just 57 seconds left in the second then going up 3-2 with 4:05 remaining in regulation when Cody Lazore connected from Tylar Thomas.

Aidan Comins made 21 saves working the Salmon River crease while Jarrett McDonald (16 saves) and Kyle Ochsner (9 saves) shared crease duties for the Lakers.

The Shamrocks (1-1-1) are slated to play against defending state Division II champion CBA-J-D today at 11 a.m. in Nedrow.

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