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Massena girls hand Potsdam first league hockey setback


POTSDAM - The Massena Central girls hockey team didn’t let an opportunity to prove itself slip away on Friday.

“We showed up to play today. We played three solid periods of hockey and we showed that we can play big when the pressure is on,” said coach Jenn Gray after the Lady Raiders avenged a 6-0 loss to Potsdam Central with a 2-1 decision over the Lady Sandstoners at Pine Street Arena.

“This is the first time we’ve ever beaten Potsdam so it’s definitely going to be a confidence boost for us,” she added.

With the win, Massena improved to 11-2 overall and 3-1 in Section 10 while Potsdam slipped to 10-3 after suffering its first loss in six league games.

“The first time we played Massena, we had a the puck bounce our way a couple of times and we took advantage of our chances,” noted coach Joe Stark. “Massena worked really hard the whole game and our girls battled. We got down but we rallied. We had our chances but their goaltender played well.”

After a scoreless first period, the Lady Raiders broke through for the opening goal with 6:17 left in the second when a low shot from the point by Maddy Mailhot found its way through a goalmouth scramble and into the back of the net. KC Herne drew the lone assist.

The Lady Sandstoners pulled even just 1:28 into the third period when Kalie Grant converted on a penalty shot after she was hauled down from behind on a breakaway attempt.

The Lady Raiders took advantage of the only penalty of the third period to generate the eventual game-winner. Shortly after controlling the puck off the face-off in the offensive zone, freshman blueliner Bailee Thomas slid a pass across from the left boards to classmate Katie MacCuaig, who one-timed a shot into the back of the net with 4:36 left in regulation.

Sophomore Maddi Dillabough stood tall making 36 saves backstopping the win while Sidney Molnar handled 16 of the shots she faced working the Potsdam crease.

Massena is slated to host a non-league game at the Massena Arena against Ithaca today starting at 11:45 a.m. while the Lady Sandstoners will look to get back on track on Monday with a game at Pine Street Arena against Section 10 rival Canton starting at 3:15 p.m.

SLC 4, Saranac Lake 1: At the Tri-Town Arena, the Lady Larries used a pair of quick scoring bursts to build a 4-0 lead before going on to posted their second win of the season.

Kim Reville opened the scoring 4:18 into the game assisted by Ashley DeBeer and Kerrigan Rodeau. Rodeau struck for the eventual game-winner at the 5:53 mark off assists from Reville and Maddie Derouchie.

DeBeer made it 3-1 at 6:15 of the second period by finishing off a lay set up by Katie Lamica, who broke through for the final SLC goal just 41 seconds later assisted by Rondeau.

The Red Storm got their only goal when Cameron Snyder scored from Jillian Martan with 52 seconds left in the middle frame.

Holly Zeldenrust stopped 15 of the shots she faced backstopping the win while Lindsay Reeve posted 24 saves for Saranac Lake.

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