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Potsdam girls shutout Salmon River; SLC nets breakthrough win

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FORT COVINGTON - The Potsdam Central girls hockey team moved to 4-0 against Section 10 rivals after skating to an 8-0 win on the road over Salmon River Central at Tom Cavanaugh Arena on Monday.

Paige McCabe got the only goal the Lady Sandstoners would need just 15 seconds into the game by finishing off a play set up by Jayden Young and Kirstin Barkley. Kalie Grant, who finished with two goals and two assists, produced the next two Potsdam tallies to make it 3-0 heading into the first intermission. The Lady Sandstoners doubled their lead in the second period before netting a pair of third-period goals to put the game out of reach.

Barkley wound up with a goal and two assists. Ally Miller generated a goal and assist. Hannah Dreschel, Megan Plumb and Joclyn Ward connected for the other goals. Young fashioned a trio of assists while Kelsey Green and Paig McCabe each logged solo helpers.

Sidney Molnar started between the pipes for the Lady Sandstoners but wasn’t counted to make a save through the first half of the game. Allie Compeau came to to stop the 12 shots she faced the rest of the way to preserve the shutout. Becca Leroux (24 saves) and Abby Grant (12 saves) shared crease duties in the losing effort.

Now 9-2 overall, the Lady Sandstoners are slated to play on the road against St. Lawrence Central on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. while the Lady Shamrocks play host to the Islanders on Thursday at 6 p.m.

St. Lawrence 2, Salmon River 1: In a Section 10 game staged at the Tri-Town Arena on Saturday, the Lady Larries skated to their first win in two seasons.

Maddie Derouchie and Pagie DeBeer scored for SLC, with DeBeer netting the game-winning goal late in the third period to end the Larries’ skid. Derouchie’s goal was unassisted at 12:48 of the third period.

Salmon River’s Mallory Johnson tied the game at 1-1 with 5:40 left in the final stanza, with Taylor Armstrong earning the assist.

“For many of these girls, and myself included, it’s our first win at the varsity level,” said St. Lawrence coach Dan Rondeau, who is in his first year at the helm of the girls’ program. “For our returning varsity players, it’s their first win in two years – a much need win for many of us and our school districts.”

For those that don’t know, the St. Lawrence hockey team is comprised of girls from five Section 10 schools – Brushton-Moira, Chateaugay, Franklin Academy, St. Regis Falls and, of course, St. Lawrence Central.

“We did some special things for the Chateaugay girls tonight, trying to help them deal with a loss of a student this past week,” continued Rondeau.

As for the game, which Rondeau noted was “a hard-fought battle,” St. Lawrence took a 1-0 lead only to have Salmon River tie the game at 1-1 with a power play goal.

“We took the lead early in the third and Salmon River tied it up later in the period and we had to make changes,” recalled Rondeau. “So we altered our lines and the moves paid off.”

Rondeau pointed out that Katie Lamica got the puck deep in the SRC zone, moved it to Kerrigan Rondeau, who drew the defenseman toward her and sent a backhand pass to DeBeer in front where she buried it for the game winner.

“During the last three mintues, the girls were nervous and somewhat afraid to make a mistake. It was tough emotionally for them, but they hung in there and we held on for the win,” summarized the SLC coach, who went on to acknowledge the play of goalie Holly Zeldenrust.

“Holly was tested a few times in the second period and gave us a chance to win,” added the coach. “All of our girls played amazing from start to finish. We are very proud of them.”

Zeldenrust turned aside 36 Salmon River shots, while her counterpart, Becca Leroux, made 47 saves between the pipes for the Lady Shamrocks.

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