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FORT COVINGTON - Freshman Kaden Pickering scored three goals, including the equalizer with 47 seconds left in regulation, and the game-winner in overtime as the Norwood-Norfolk Central hockey team rallied to gain a 5-4 decision on the road over Salmon River in an NAC interdivisional matchup on Friday at Tom Cavanaugh Arena.

The Icemen built a 2-0 lead on goals by Brown and Pickering in the first 10 minutes of the game before the Shamrocks rattled off the next four goals, going ahead 4-2 when Tyren Books finished off a play set up by Ty Terrance and Nate Smoke with 2:47 left in the third period.

Junior Coby Munson pulled the Icemen back to within one just 42 seconds later before Pickering sent the game into overtime when he converted from Brandin Cousineau with 47 seconds remaining. The same duo then combined for the game-winner with 2:47 left in the five-minute OT. Pickering also had an assist in the winning effort while Austin Cousineau generated a pair of assists and Brown logged a solo helper.

Chad George tied the game at 2-2 with 44 seconds left in the second period and went on to score the next Salmon River goal just 2:06 into the third to finish with a pair of goals. Boots also scored twice while Steve Tromblay, Cassidy Lafrance, Skkylar Thomas and Kyle Lewis each earn solo assists.

Brandon Richards had 33 saves working the crease for the Icemen (10-3, 9-3) while Aidan Comins posted 31 stops for the Shamrocks (5-7-2, 3-4-1).

In the other NAC boys hockey action on Friday, Canton pulled away to a 7-3 Division I win over Potsdam while the two Division II matchups saw St. Lawrence Central stop Tupper Lake 7-3 and OFA blank Franklin Academy 3-0.

Canton 7, Potsdam 3: At Pine Street Arena, the host Sandstoners opened the scoring 7:13 into the game when Jake Locey connected from Logan Ford but the Bears countered with the next four goals of the game and never looked back.

Cody Moore broke through for the first three Canton goals, netting the equalizer at 10:26 of the first then quickly pushing the lead to 3-1 with a pair of goals 48 seconds apart in the seventh minute of the second period. Moore finished with four goals while Matt Mende, Cole Moore and Nate Gibson scored the others.

Ford tallied the other two Potsdam goals while Corson Green and Sean O’Gorman each logged solo assists.

Jon Stone made 27 saves working the Canton (6-5-1, 4-1-1) crease. Zach Bolt started between the pipes for Potsdam (5-8, 4-3) and turned aside 14 shots before giving way to Jacob Crary, who stopped two more over the final half of the final frame.

SLC 7, Tupper Lake 3: At the Tupper Lake Civic Center, the Larries scored the final four goals of the game to come away with their seventh straight win.

Hadyn St. Hilaire opened the scoring for SLC 4:39 into the game by finishing off a play set up by Nate Stickney and Styles Arquiett but the Lumberjacks, who entered the game still looking for their first win, battled back to generate the next two goals of the game. Broyce Guerette tied the game with 49 seconds left in the first period when he broke through for an unassisted goal. Elliott Fletcher made it 2-1 just 1:50 into the middle frame off an assist from Kris Crouse.

The Larries pulled even 43 seconds later on a goal by Luke Peets that was set up by Lukas Arquiett and Kody Kocsis then went ahead 3-2 at the 4:29 mark when Trent Dow connected from Styles Arquiett and Mark Crump.

The Lumberjacks answered with their second equalizer at 7:08 of the second period as Hudson Sparks finished off a play set up by Josh Pickering but St. Hilaire struck for his second of the game with 1:19 left in the period off an assist from Stickney and that would hold up as the game-winner the Larries would go on to generate three more unanswered goals through the first nine minutes of the third to put the game out of reach. Nick Kowalchuk scored from Stickney at 2:22. Lukas Arquiett struck from Jacob Sutton and Kody Koscis at 4:15 and Stickney closed out the scoring at the 8:47 mark from Kowalchuk and Koscis.

Nate Burnett turned aside 17 shots backstopping the win while Garrett Kopp posted 25 saves for Tupper Lake (0-13-1, 0-10-1).

The Larries (9-5, 6-3) are slated to host the Islanders on Monday at 7 p.m.

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