CANTON - After dropping a pair of games at the Potsdam Tournament to open its season, the Canton Central boys hockey team roared back to win its own Canton Tournament on Saturday, following up Friday nights 3-2 victory over Cicero North Syracuse with a decisive 5-2 decision over Williamsville East.
Canton (2-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period and led 4-0 late in the second. Steve Riggs Memorial MVP Award winner, Tanner Sanderson, opened the scoring just 2:07 into the game on the power play, blasting home a Garrett Glasgow cross-ice pass, and the senior finished with three goals and an assist in the tournament. Sophomore netminder Jon Stone made 25 saves against the Flames, including a diving stop on a penalty shot late in the contest.
It was a very good weekend for us. I thought we did everything well today. Our breakout was good and we had a lot of shots on net which is key in a tournament like this, said Sanderson, one of three Canton tri-captains along with Matt Mende and Cody Moore who named to the All Tournament Team after tallying a goal and two helpers on Saturday. Were playing better teams and I think were going to go pretty far this year. We have a good group of guys from freshman on up to the senior class.
Josh Huiatt scored the first of his two goals off a Moore rebound at 9:15 of the opening period. In the second frame, Mike Huber pounced on a Huiatt rebound at 4:47 for a 3-0 Canton lead before Huiatt broke in all alone from the blue line and deked the goaltender to make it 4-0 at 11:56.
Williamsville East finally solved Stone at 13:05 as Mike Steffan scored unassisted. In the third period, Moore stole the pick and wristed home a 20-footer at 5:59 before Flames forward Jason Cohen scored unassisted at 13:05. Stone denied the visitors from the Buffalo area on a penalty-shot bid at 14:38.
We had good intensity for 90 minutes this weekend. We did a good job keeping our heads up and moving the puck well. We worked hard and took some good steps forward this weekend, said Canton coach Randy Brown. Theyve really grown as players. Theyre all a year older and theyre more confident. I think if we can continue to play like this, the skys the limit. Thats a very good club we beat. I hope we can sustain that as we go forward, how well we played this weekend. We beat two quality opponents.
Evan Tompkins (14 saves) and Joe Burke (18 saves) combined for 32 stops in goal for Williamsville East.
Potsdam 8, CNS 4: In the battle for third place, the Sandstoners pulled away from a 5-4 third-period lead to an 8-4 decision over the Stars. We played more consistently today, we played more of a complete game which weve been working on, said Potsdam coach Al Benda whose team had been defeated 5-0 by Williamsville East in Friday nights tournament opener. We just need to be a little more disciplined in our play as far as our forechecking and taking penalties. Were young everyplace and we know its going to be a gradual process.
For Potsdam (2-2), Logan Ford tallied a goal and four assists, Connor Warden and Josh Sanches (one assist) each scored twice, Courson Green handed out two assists while Josh Locey, Keenan OGorman and Max Warden all scored once.
For CNS (0-4), Newell Field scored twice while Matt Siegel contributed four assists. Zach Bolt made 19 saves in goal for Potsdam while Brandon Glosga stopped 28 shots for CNS.
In other action on Saturday McQuaid Jesuit or Rochester downed Massena 3-1 to win the Salmon River Tournament, SR won the consolation game, St. Lawrence Central gained a Northern Conference win and Malone posted a nonleague win.
SALMON RIVER TOURNAMENT
McQuaid went 2-0 in the Salmon River Hockey Tournament to claim the championship following up Fridays 3-2 win over the Shamrocks with a 3-1 decision against Massena on Saturday. Tyler Young opened scoring with 2:26 left of the second period for Massena unassisted but three unanswered lifted McQuaid in the final stanza.
Christian Leondardi tied the game at 1-1 from Michael Campbell and Michael Capicotto with 13:28 left in the third. Just 11 seconds later, Tyler Gokey scored the game winner from Josh Tortora. Jack Dugan scored an empty net goal with just one second left. Ryan Nelson made 24 saves for the McQuaid (6-0). Connor Paquin made 23 saves for Massena 3-3.
In the consolation game, Salmon River knocked off Queensbury 2-0.
Sean David scored from Ronnie Boots and Nate Smoke with 13:34 left of the second period for the game-winner. Kyle Lewis scored from David and Boots with 8:39 to play. Jarrod Jackson made 14 saves for Salmon River (3-3-1). Teddy Nolan made 23 saves for Queensbury.
St. Lawrence 9 - Tupper Lake 2: The Larries evened their NAC record at 1-1 in a Division II matchup where they scored six times in the first period. Leading the way were: Kody Kocsis and Luke Arquiett with two goals and two assists, Luke Peets with one goal and two assists and Drew Rose with two assists.
Haydn Demers-St. Hilaire, Nick Kowalchuk and Trent Dow scored single goals with Jake Sutton and Mark Crump adding assists to the support of the goaltending combination of Nate Burnett (18) and Austin LaPage who combined for 22 saves.
Elliott Fletcher scored twice for Tupper Lake which received 35 saves from Nathan Boyea.
Malone 7, Saranac 1: The Huskies (3-1) reeled off five goals in the third period as Trevor Henderson finished with two goals and Jake Henny produced one goal and two assists. Josh Trembley, Trevor Cooley, Jake Scharf, and Kyler Head, also scored as Bailey Conklin logged three assists. Joey Brown (18 saves) and Brandon Powers (four saves) picked up the win in goal. Kevin Fisher scored for Saranac (0-3-1).
NOTE: Sportswriter Steve Heaton contributed to the roundup portion of this story.