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Potsdam skaters outlast Islanders; Canton halts SLC unbeaten streak


Potsdam Central outlasted the Islanders in overtime while St. Lawrence Central fell short to Canton Central in a pair of NAC boys hockey interdivisional matchups on Monday.

Potsdam 6, Islanders 5 (OT): At Pine Street Arena, one comeback overcame another as the Sandstoners built a quick 2-0 lead in the first period but had to rally to tie the game in the third where the teams combined to score seven times before going on to claim the win in overtime.

Logan Ford opened the scoring 4:59 into the game off an assist from Josh Locey and Corson Green finished off a play set up by Max Warden for a power play goal that made it 2-0 at the 6:41 mark.

The lead held until Cam Morgan got the Islanders on the board when he converted off an assist from Kyle Delaney for a power play tally with 25 seconds left in the second period.

After producing just three goals through the first two periods, both teams found their offensive strides in the third where they broke through for seven goals in a span of just over eight minutes and traded leads twice before the Sandstoners managed to convert for the game-winner in overtime.

Green started the third-period scoring barrage at 2:26 when he finished off a play set up by Ford and Locey. The Islanders pulled back to within one at the 4:16 mark when Garrett Denny connected from Patrick Healy. Green got that one back when he relayed an intercepted clearing attempt into an unassisted breakaway goal at 5:40 but the Islanders countered with the next three goals. Delaney scored from Morgan and Danny Goinet 20 seconds after the fourth Potsdam goal. Brodix Gill tied the game at the 7:59 mark assisted by Morgan and Delaney completed the turnaround when he put the Islanders ahead 5-4 with 9:36 left in the third period off an assist from Jordan VanBrocklin.

On the ensuing face-off, Green worked the puck ahead to Ford, who went in to score the equalizer just nine seconds later.

The Sandstoners survived a late power play stretched over the end of regulation and the start of overtime before generating the game-winner with 1:33 remaining. Warden sent a rising shot on goal from the top of the left face-off circle. Islanders goaltender Miles Kearns blocked it with his chest but before he could cover up the rebound, freshman Billy Bergan managed to get just enough of his stick on puck to send it across the goalline.

Sophomore Jake Crary finished with 14 saves backstopping the win while Kearns wound up turning aside 25 shots for the Islanders (3-9, 2-8).

The Sandstoners return to action on Wednesday on the road against Division I rival Salmon River starting at 6:30 p.m.

Canton 3, SLC 2: At the Canton Pavilion, the visiting Larries (9-6-1, 6-3-1) got off to a promising start when Kody Kocsis finished off a play set up by Lukas Arquiett just 29 seconds into the game before the Golden Bears (7-6-1, 5-1-1) battled back to produce the next three goals then hold on for the win.

Mike Huber tied the game at the 11:10 mark of the first period when his dump-in from center-ice found its way into the back of the net.

Cole Moore finished off a play set up by Mark Mahoney and Zach James 1:29 into the second period. Cody Moore made it 3-1 at 2:21 of the third with an unassisted shorthanded goal before the Larries closed back to within one when Nate Stickney connected from Drew Rose and Hadyn St. Hilaire with 6:32 left in regulation.

Dan Stone stopped 27 shots working the crease for the win while Nate Burnett made 22 saves as the Larries saw their nine-game unbeaten streak brough to an end.

SLC is slated to play host to Franklin Academy on Wednesday at the Tri-Town Arena starting at 7 p.m.


The lone other boys hockey matchup in the NAC on Monday saw Norwood-Norfolk follow up a tournament championship win over Watertown IHC on Saturday in Clayton with a 4-1 non-league decision at home over Saranac Central.

In the win at the Dominic Zappia Arena, the visiting Chiefs opened the scoring 8:03 into the game when Jacob Lilledahl finished off a play set up by Kevin Fisher and Alex Fisher before the Icemen battled back to the game two minutes later then pull away with three third-period goals.

Austin Cousineau tied the game at the 10:04 mark of the first assisted by Zeb Brown and Coby Munson. After a scoreless middle frame, Munson scored the eventual game-winner at 5:57 of the third assisted by Cousineau and Brown. Shane Cryderman made it 3-1 just 61 seconds later assisted by Cousineau and Kaden Pickering before Zach Gibson sealed the win with an empty-net goal assisted by Pickering with 41 seconds left in regulation.

Kyler MacIntire made 20 saves in the winning effort while Jeff Smith stood tall turning aside 50 of the shots he faced tending the Saranac goal.

The Icemen, who have clinched at least a share of the NAC Division II regular season title, will look to claim sole possession of the banner on Wednesday when then play on the road against a winless Tupper Lake squad.

In the championship game of the Islanders Memorial Tournament on Saturday at the Clayton Arena, the Icemen broke away to a 5-2 win over IHC after the teams had battled to a 2-2 draw through the first two periods.

Kyle Bond got the Icemen on the board first when he broke through at the 7:45 mark of the second assisted by Cousineau and Munson. The Cavaliers tied the game just 17 seconds later as David Blancheau connected from Jason Reape but the Icemen regained the lead 59 seconds after than when Pickering converted off an assist from Brown.

IHC pulled even at the 13:10 mark of the middle period when Jake Renzi scored from Jordan Trudeau but the Icemen answered with three goals over the final six minutes of the third period to come away with the tournament title.

Jeff Mott netted the eventual game-winner assisted by Munson at the 9:16 mark. Munson added an unassisted insurance goal at 11:36 before Brown score an empty-net goal with 10 seconds remaining assisted by Cryderman.

Brandon Richards had 16 saves backstopping the win while Cole James handled 19 shots in the losing cause.

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