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Massena boys hockey eyes Salmon River Christmas Tournament title


The Massena Central boys hockey team earned chance to claim top honors at the Salmon River Christmas Tournament while Potsdam fell short in the first round of the Canton Booster Club Tournament on Friday night.


At the Salmon River tournament hosted by the North Franklin Shamrocks, Massena Central dropped Queensbury 3-1 while Salmon River dropped a-3-2 decision to McQuaid Jesuit.

Massena 3, Queensbury 1: The Raiders skated out to a 3-0 lead in the first period before a late goal in the third period spoiled their bid for the shutout.

Devin Page opened the scoring at the 7:05 mark off assists from Patrick Manning and Jordan Robert. Ryan Thomas made it 2-0 with a power play goal set up by Robert at 11:13. Wyatt Wilmshurst capped the decisive first-period outburt just 37 seconds later off another assist from Robert.

Queensbury got on the board with just 2:01 remaining when Connor Tuttle converted on a play set up by Shay Benedetto.

Jeffrey Bain went the distance between the pipes making 14 saves in the winning effort while the duo starter Otto Miller (6 saves, 3 goals against) and Teddy Nolan (24 saves) shared crease duties for Queensbury.

McQuaid-Jesuit 3, Salmon River 2: The visiting team from the Rochester area scored a pair of third-period power-play goals to upend the host Shamrocks.

Salmon River jumped in front during the first period, scoring twice to hold a 2-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of up-and-down-the-ice action. McQuaid cut the Shamrocks’ lead in half with the lone goal in the middle stanza, then put home the game’s final two markers in the third period, both while on the power play. The Knights tied the game at 2-2 just one minute, 20 seconds into the final stanza, then produced the game-winner with only 1:12 left on the clock. “McQuaid is a good skating team,” said Salmon River coach Tim Cook, whose squad dropped to 2-3-1 on the season. “You can’t take anything away from a good skating team like that. They took advantage of our mistakes.” Salmon River’s Tyren Boots and Ronnie Boots solved McQuaid goalie Tim Brei in the first period to put the hosts in front. Tyren Boots beat Brei with a shot from the right circle that went just inside the goalies’ left post at 6:57. Less than two minutes later, Ronnie Boots put the SRC team up 2-0, letting loose a one-timer from the left face-off circle. Ronnie Boots’ goal was assisted by Tyler Sisto and Kyle Lewis at 5:08. The unbeaten Knights (5-0) cut their deficit in half with the lone goal of the second period off the stick of Ben Korpiel. The unassisted tally was at 11:30. The McQuaid turned up the pressure in the third, getting the tying goal at 13:40, as Mike Capicotto beat a busy Salmon River goalie Jarrod Jackson (30 saves).

Capicott’s power play goal was assisted by Jack Dugan and Christian Leonardi. Leonardi would set up the game winner by Craig McCabe with just 1:12 left in the game.

Tim Brei had 19 saves working the crease for the win.


At the Canton Booster Club Tournament, Potsdam Central fell 5-0 to Williamsville-East while Canton Central outlasted Cicero-North Syracuse 3-2.

Williamsville East 5, Potsdam 0: The Flames broke open a close game with four third-period goals after Jason Cullen has opened the scoring with 5:51 left in the first period.

Cullen finished with a goal and assist while Matt Steffan generated a goal and two helpers. Chris Winlecki, Austin Maciok and Dylan Cicero (1 assist) struck for the other goals hwile Max Battistoni turned aside the 27 shots he faced backstopping the shutout.

Zach Bolt had 22 saves in the losing effort.

Canton 3, Cicero-NS 2: The opening game of the tournament saw the host Bears outscore the North Stars 2-1 in the third period en route to gaining their first win of the season.

Andrew McCormick opened the scoring fpr Canton 5:43 into the game by finishing off a play set up by Matt Mende and Tanner Sanderson but the North Stars pulled even at the 11:37 mark when Newell Field converted off assists from Matt Segiel and Luke Keyes.

After a scoreless second period, Sanderson broke through for two goals just over three minutes apart early in the third to spark the Bears to a 3-1 lead. His first came off the rebound of a shot by Mende at 4:32 with McCormick logging the other assist. The eventual game-winner came with 7:10 left in regulation when he relayed a neutral zone turnover into an unassisted breakaway goal.

The North Stars cut the deficit to 3-2 less than two minutes later on Field’s second of the game but the Bears managed to hold on for the win.

Jake Facey made 23 saves, including a last-second stop with his right pad on a low shot from the right face-off circle, working the crease for the Bears (1-2) while Brandon Gloska turned aside 33 shots in a strong outing between the pipes for CNS (0-3).

Potsdam will face Cicero-NS today at noon while Canton takes on Williamsville East at 2 p.m. in a game that will determined the tournament title.


In another non-league boys hockey matchup on Friday, St. Lawrence Central skated to a 6-3 win at home over Clarkstown.

The Larries took control in the first period with three unanswered goals and went ahead 4-0 early in the second before going on to secure their first win in three tries this season.

Juniors Lukas Arquiett (3 assists) and Kody Kocsis (1 assist) led the way offensively for the Larries with three goals each. Kyle Peets, Mark Crump, Hadyn St. Hilaire and Nick Kowalchuk each contributed a solo assist.

Maurice Murphy anchored the Clarkstown effort with a goal and assist. Dean Beaumann and Matt Priess had the other goals while Greg Sanfratello, Adam Marvin and Joey Pokarccyk each tallied a solo helper.

Nate Burnett made 25 saves backstopping the win. Tim Cavanagh stopped 19 shots for Clarkstown.

The Larries return to action this afternoon against NAC Division II rival Tupper Lake at the Tri-Town Arena starting at 1 p.m.

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