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Canton nips OFA in goaltending duel

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CANTON - Two of the premier goaltenders in the Northern Conference staged a larcenous duel as Canton nipped OFA 1-0 in the only NAC game of the day.

In action from the Massena Tournament Pelham nipped the host Raiders 2-1 for the championship and Salmon River outscored Northeastern Clinton 6-4.

In action in Central New York Potsdam nipped Circero-North Syracuse 1-0 in overtime,

Canton 1 - OFA 0: Mark Mahoney scored the only goal of the game unassisted and netted his first goal of the season with just 1:05 to play and thwart a 35-save effort by the Devils’ Dave Prudhomme.

Jon Stone stopped 23 shots in the shutout for Canton (7-2-1 NAC, 9-7-1)

The Devils (6-8-0, 8-12-0) will complete their NAC season on Monday night at St. Lawrence Central and are projected to begin the Section 10 Division II Tournament on Friday as the number three seed hosting number six Tupper Lake.

Canton will be seeded second in the Division I Tournament

“It was a great hockey game and both goalies made some phenomenal saves. Canton really pressed us in the first period but we made adjustments, hung in there and came back played them even in the second period.” said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.

“The one goal was deflected off a couple of players and found its way into the net. Both goalies stopped some good chances and we did a nice job at the end getting some chances after we pulled our goalie. This game should help us as we will face the same kind of test at Brasher Falls (SLC) on Monday.”

Pelham 2, Massena 1: Two unanswered goals in the second period lifted Pelham past Massena which took a 1-0 lead in the first period.Jordan Roberts scored from Tyler Young and Ryan Thomas at 13:26 of the first for a 1-0 advantage.

Pelham responded with two second period goals as Vincent Mazzaro tied the game at 1:01 from Eric Alpert and Hunter Lambdin. Ben Hurd scored the game-winner at 13:11 unassisted tucking home a rebound. Connor Paquin had 32 saves for Massena and Matt DeYoung stopped 17 shots for Pelham.

“This was a very good game for us despite the setback. We were competitive in every period and we did a lot of good things on their scoring leaders,” said Massena coach Mike Tromboli.

Salmon River 6, NEC 2: Chad George generated four goals and one assist lifting the Shamrocks past NEC after falling Friday to Pelham 6-3. Shawn David provided a goal and three assists while Ron Boots added a goal for the winners who received four assists from Tyler Boots and a single helper from Nate Smoke. Jared Jackson made 15 saves for the Shamrocks and Alex Gonio scored twice for NEC.

Potsdam 3 - CNS 2: Logan Ford darted out from behind the net and scored his second goal of the game 3:52 into overtime as the Sandstoners claimed a nonleague victory. Ford also gave Potsdam a 2-0 lead in the first period on the second of two assists by Connor Brady. Kelleher also scored from Brady in the first period and the North Stars staged a late rally to force OT as Ben Cummings and Newell Field scored in the last 2:37.

Zach Bolt stopped 17 saves for the Stoners who overame a 45-save effort by Brad Gloska of C-NS.

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