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Strong finish carries Massena boys to hockey rout over FA

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MASSENA - Nine goals over the final 16 minutes of regulation carried the Massena Central boys hockey team to a 10-0 decision at home over Franklin Academy in the lone NAC game staged on Monday.

“This was a tight game for almost two periods. It was only 1-0 with a little over a minute left in the second,” noted coach Mike Trimboli after the Raiders improved to 4-0 in the Division I standings. “We still haven’t put three periods together but once we got going today, we really took off.”

The Raiders got the only goal they would need 8:15 into the game when Dylan Stone converted on a pass from Tyler Young after Ben Sprague had created a loose puck in the offensive zone with a strong forecheck.

The Huskies had a chance to tie the game early in the second period but were unable to take advantage of a five-on-three power play that also included a four-minute major penalty against the Raiders.

Massena began to take control of the game late in the middle frame with two goals just 20 seconds apart as Sprague converted from Young and Cameron Marsh at the 13:55 mark and Young converted from Sprague with 45 seconds left.

Outstanding special teams play early in the third period helped push the Raider lead to 5-0 as Patrick Manning ended a long power play drought when he redirected a low shot from the point by Young into the back of the net just 32 seconds in. Manning then finished off a give-and-go pass from Jordan Robert on a two-on-one break for a shorthanded goal at the 2:45 mark.

Massena then went on to scored the final five goals over the game over a six-minute span to put the game out of reach.

Manning rounded out the scoring with his third of the game at the 10:18 mark assisted by Jacob Vierno. Dalton Mullin connected for a pair of goals during the decisive outburst. Young finished with two goals and two goals and three assists while Devon Page netted the other Raider goal. J.P. Reagan logged a trio of assists while Stone and Zach Kozsan each tallied solo helpers.

Sophomore Logan Brothers turned aside the 19 shots he faced to earn the shutout in his first start of the season while Joey Brown and Brandon Power combined to make 38 saves working the Huskies crease.

The Raiders will get set to take on their third straight NAC Division II rival at home this Friday when they take on Route 420 rival St. Lawrence Central starting at 7 p.m.



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