NORFOLK - The Potsdam Central boys hockey team rallied to earn a 3-2 overtime win on the road over Norwood-Norfolk in an NAC matchup staged at the Dominic Zappia Arena on Wednesday.
It was a great high school hockey game. It was end to end the whole game. Both teams had a lot of good chances, Potsdam just took better advantage of their chances, noted Icemen coach Paul Durant after his squad suffered its first loss in four games this season.
The teams skated through a fast-paced period of scoreless hockey before the Sandstoners struck for the first goal just 57 seconds into the second when Mason Bartell converted off an assist from Billy Bergan. The Icemen countered at the 3:12 mark when Shane Cryderman connected from Zeb Brown and the teams went into the second intermission knotted at 1-1.
The Icemen took their only lead of the game 43 seconds into the third frame when Kaden Pickering finished off an assist from Brown. Shortly after failing to connect on a 5-on-3 power play, the Sandstoners got the equalizer with 5:29 left in regulation when Bergan scored from Cole Varney and Ford.
Ford then lifted Potsdam to the win 3:03 into the five-minute overtime when he finished a strong rush up the right wing by wristing a shot into the top left corner of the net. Josh Locey and Max Warden helped set up the game-winner.
Zach Bolt turned aside 26 shots backstopping the win while Brandon Richards made 22 saves working the Icemen crease.
Potsdam (3-3, 1-1) is slated to play at NAC rival OFA on Friday at 6:30 p.m. while N-N heads to Brasher Falls to compete in the annual SLC Holiday Tournament at the Tri-Town Arena starting on Friday night against Saranac Central starting at 8 p.m. The Icemen then take on the host Larries Saturday afternoon in a game that will also serve as an NAC Division II encounter.
In the other NAC action on Wednesday, Canton held off Salmon River 5-3, OFA outlasted the Islanders 2-1 in overtime and Tupper Lake battled Franklin Academy to a 4-4 overtime draw.
Canton 5, Salmon River 3: In a Division I matchup at the Canton Pavilion, the Bears built a 4-1 lead after two periods before holding off the Shamrocks for the win in their NAC opener.
Salmon River got on the board first when Cody Lazore connected from Quincy Armstrong 7:24 into the game but the Bears (3-2, 1-0) pulled even less than two minutes later when Andrew McCormick finished off a play set up by Matt Mende and Tanner Sanderson and the teams went into the first intermission knotted a 1-1.
The Bears used a quick scoring burst to built a 3-1 lead early in the second period as Cody Moore converted from Mike Huber and Josh Huiatt at the 1:54 mark before Zach James struck just seven seconds later off an assist from Cole Zeller. Huaitt pushed the Canton lead to 4-1 at the 12:07 mark assisted by Huber and Moore.
Nathan Smoke made it a two-goal deficit just 1:02 into the third period with an unassisted goal but Garrett Glasgow helped seal the win by finishing off a play set up by Sanderson and Sean Rodee at the 10:29 mark.
The Shamrocks closed out the scoring when Ronnie Boots notched an unassisted goal with 33 seconds left.
Jon Stone made 25 saves backstopping the win. Jarred Jackson (15 saves) and Aidan Comins (2 saves) shared crease duties for the Shamrocks (3-4-1, 1-1).
OFA 2, Islanders 1 (OT): At the Clayton Arena, Jon Tayler broke through for an unassisted goal 2:45 into overtime to lift the Blue Devils past the Islanders.
Jared Barr scored the first OFA goal in the first period before Jordan VanBrocklin fashioned the equalizer in the second frame.
David Prudhomme turned aside 22 shots in the winning effort while Mike Kernes logged 28 saves in the loss.
Tupper Lake 4, FA 4 (OT): At the Tupper Lake Civic Center, the Lumberjacks rallied from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game early in the third period then countered a late go-ahead goal by the Huskies with a last-second goal of their own to send the game into a scoreless overtime.
Kyler Head and Trevor Cooley put FA ahead 2-0 with goals just 24 seconds apart in the 13th minute of the first period.
Broyce Guerette got the Lumberjacks on the board with the lone goal of the second period off an assist from Hudson Sparks.
The Huskies went ahead 3-1 just 2:03 into the third on a goal by Trevor Henderson but back-to-back goals by Ben Geiger and Guerette pulled the Lumberjacks even at 3-3 with 10:25 left in regulation.
Bailey Conklin put FA back on top at the 13:24 mark before Guerette combined with Sparks for his third goal of the game with 13 seconds left.
Garrett Kopp had 26 saves tending the Tupper Lake goal while Joey Brown stopped 20 shots for FA.