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Salmon River holds off SLC, Canton overcomes Massena in girls hockey openers


Salmon River held off St. Lawrence Central while Canton overcame Massena as the High School Girls Hockey season officially got underway Wednesday night.

Salmon River 5, SLC 2: At the Tri-Town Arena, the visiting Lady Shamrocks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead then answered a two-goal outburst in the second-period by the Lady Larries with the final two goals of the game to come away with the win.

Eighth-grader Amber Thomas opened the scoring just 1:19 into the game by finishing off a play set up by Jenna Thompson and Breann Bigtree. Thomas made it 2-0 at the 2:48 mark assisted by Bigtree before Victoria Thompson pushed the lead to three goals with 5:58 left in the first period off an assist from Destiny Skidders-Delormier.

Junior Lydia Cosgrove got the Lady Larries on the board when she broke through for an unassisted goal at 7:11 of the middle frame. Katie Lamica cut the deficit to 3-2 at the 11:59 mark assisted by Cosgrove and Brooke Reville but the Lady Shamrocks countered less than two minutes later when Thompson connected from Skidders-Delormier with 1:18 left in the second period.

Kewasherake Barnes sealed the win with an unassisted goal at 10:46 of the third.

Becca Leroux stood tall making 31 saves backstopping the win while Steph Peets turned aside 26 shots working the SLC crease.

The Lady Shamrocks make their home debut Friday against Saranac Lake starting at 5 p.m. while the Lady Larries are slated to play at Beekmantown tonight starting at 6 p.m.

Canton 5, Massena 4 (OT): At the Canton Pavilion, the 2012-12 season got off to a dramatic start for both squads as the host Lady Bears rallied from a 4-1 deficit then generated the game—winning goal in the closing seconds of overtime to skate away with the win.

“This was a big game for both teams. We both wanted to get the season off to a good start. We got down but the girls just kept battling to the end,” noted coach Anita Francis.

The Lady Raiders worked their way to a 2-0 lead through the first period. Eighth-grader Katie MacCuaig opened the scoring when she relayed a defensive zone turnover into a breakaway goal just 1:57 into the game. Bailey Dillabough struck for the second Massena goal at the 10:20 mark assisted by MacCuaig and Shannon Casey.

Freshman Blake Orosz made it 2-1 at 2:52 of the second period off an assist from Margret Troiano but the Lady Raiders regrouped to produce the next two goals to pust their lead to 4-1 over the next five minutes. Rachael Davis netted the third Massena goal assisted by Molly O’Connell and KC Herne at the 4:01 mark. Abbie Paquin added to the lead at 7:52 off an assist from Casey.

The Lady Bears closed the second period on a strong note with two goals in the final 3:14. Troiano finished off a play set up by Mary Kait Mace and Orosz to make it 4-2 before Trioano made it a one-goal game with an unassisted goal at the 13:49 mark.

Canton carried the momentum of their late scoring outburst into the start of the third where Nikki Holmes redirected a low shot from the left wing by Taylor Marcellus just inside the far post at 2:11.

Neither team converted through the rest of regulation to force a five-minute overtime where Orosz completed the Canton comeback when her shot from the middle of the slot found its way through a scramble and into the back of the next with just 3.9 seconds remaining. Holmes drew the lone assist on the game-winner.

Eighth-grader Elizabeth Burke turned aside 19 shots to win her varsity goaltending debut while freshman Maddi Dillabough had 35 saves in the losing cause.

Massena returns to action on Friday at home against Alexandria starting at 6 p.m. while Canton travels to Pine Street Arena on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against defending league playoff champion Potsdam.

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