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Salmon River, N-N notch NAC boys hockey wins

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FORT COVINGTON - The Salmon River Central boys hockey team scored five goals in the third period en route to posting a 9-1 NAC win at home over Tupper Lake on Friday.

Tyren Boots finished off a play set up by Ronnie Boots and Tye Terrance for a shorthanded goal at the 11:12 mark for the only goal of the first period.

Terrance made it 2-0 at 3:19 of the second period from Ronnie Boots and Tyler Sisto but the Lumberjacks got on the board four minutes later when Broyce Guerette connected from Gabe Burns and Elliott Fletcher but the Shamrocks countered with two more goals in the second before taking complete control in the final frame.

Skkylar Thomas generated three goals and an assist in the winning effort. Terrance finished with a goal and three assists. Ty Boots fashioned two goals along with Sean David. Ronnie Boots wound up with a goal and two helpers. Nate Smoke handed out a pair of assists while Kyle Lewis and Clint Armstrong produced solo helpers.

Aidan Comins made 11 saves through the first 32 minutes between the pipes for the Shamrocks before giving way to Devlin Laughing who turned aside the 10 shots he faced the rest of the way for the Shamrocks. Nathan Boyea had 33 stops for the Lumberjacks (01-5-1, 0-12-1).

The Shamrocks (6-8-2, 4-5-1) return to action next Tuesday on the road against OFA starting at 6:30 p.m.

In the other high school boys hockey action on Friday, Norwood-Norfolk skated to a 5-2 NAC Division II win over the host team in the first round of the Islanders Memorial Tournament and will now face Watertown IHC in the title game this afternoon at the Clayton Arena starting at 3 p.m. IHC beat OFA 4-1 to earn a chance to play for the championship.

N-N 5, Islanders 2: The Islanders opened the scoring with 37 seconds left in the first period when Cam Morgan connected from Jordan VanBrocklin and Austin Marshall.

The Icemen answered by scoring three unanswered goals in the second period starting at the 7:59 mark when Zeb Brown converted off an assist from Austin Cousineau, who made it 2-1 with a power play goal set up by Kaden Pickering with 3:17 left in the middle frame. Pickering then struck for the eventual game-winner just 18 seconds later assisted by Brandin Cousineau.

Dan Goinet cut the deficit to 3-2 at 3:12 of the third period with an unassisted goal but Austin Cousineau restored the two-goal margin three minutes later assisted by Tyler Fobare before Pickering sealed the win with an empty-net goal set up by Coby Munson with two seconds left.

Kyler MacIntire turned aside 15 shots backstopping the win as the Icemen improved to 10-4 overall and 8-4 in the race for the NAC Division II title. Miles Kearns made 43 saves for the Islanders (4-9, 2-8) who will face-off against OFA in the consolation game today at 1 p.m.

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