The Potsdam Central and Massena Central girls hockey team skated to convincing High School League wins at their home rinks while a Salmon River comeback fell short on the road against Canton on Wednesday.
Potsdam 6, St. Lawrence Central 1: At Pine Street Arena, the Lady Sandstoners skated out to a commanding 3-0 lead in the first period en route to raising their early-season record to 3-0.
Sierra Gagnon opened the scoring 4:28 into the game off an assist from Megan Plumb, who make it 2-0 just over three minutes later with an unassisted goal that held up as the game-winner. Kalie closed out the first-period scoring off an assist from Kirstin Barkley with just 26 seconds remaining.
Ally Miller pushed the Potsdam lead to 4-0 at 7:43 of the second period with a short-handed goal set up by Barkley before the Lady Larries got on the board at the 9:24 mark when Paige DeBeer converted off an assist from Ashley DeBeer.
Grant restored the four-goal margin with 3:04 left in the middle frame assisted by Megan Stevenson and Plumb closed out the scoring with a second unassisted tally at 5:08 of the third.
Allie Compeau (2 saves), Sidney Molnar (4 saves) and Kelsie Rathbun (4 saves) each played a period between the pipes in combining to backstop the win while Steph Peets turned aside 39 shots working the SLC crease.
Potsdam is slated to take on Massena at the Massena Arena on Saturday at noon while the Lady Larries (0-2-1) play host to Lake Placid tonight at the Malone Civic Center starting at 7 p.m.
Massena 4, Saranac Lake 1: At the Massena Arena, the Lady Raiders built a 2-0 lead in the first period and made it stand for their second straight win.
Carlie Leary broke through for the opening goal at the 5:06 mark assisted by Bailey Thomas. Shannon Casey netted the eventual game-winner when she finished off a play set up by Mackenzie Young and Raechel Davis for a power play goal with 4:03 left.
The Red Storm cut the deficit to 2-1 just 1:15 into the second period when Danielle Patraw struck for an unassisted goal but Bailey Dillabough restored the two-goal margin at the 6:56 mark assisted by Davis and Katie MacCuaig. Abbie Paquin closed out the scoring assisted by KC Herne with 43 seconds left in the middle frame.
Maddi Dillabough turned aside 11 shots backstopping the win while Katie Snyder (2 periods, 21 saves) and Sierra Nye (1 period, 11 saves) shared crease duties for Saranac Lake.
Massena plays host to Potsdam at the Massena Arena on Saturday at noon.
Canton 5, Salmon River 4: At the SUNY Canton rink, Blake Orosz scored her second goal of the game with 4:01 to play to break a 4-4 tie as the host Golden Bears opened a 4-0 lead and then answered a string of four straight goals by the Shamrocks.
It was a good game. We got the lead and were able to give a lot of players playing time, said Canton Coach Anita Francis. Our third line did a nice job.
The Bears scored twice in the first period as Natalie Giglio connected from Kelli Coughler and Lauren Orosz connected unassisted.
The lead became 4-0 in the second period as Blake Orosz and Mary Kait Mace each delivered one goal and assist and Margret Troiano passed out two assists.
The Shamrocks reeled off four straight goals. Amber Thomas and Tewasherake Barnes scored unassisted in the second period, Emily Tremblay converted fom Molly Bockway and Mallory Johnson tied the score at 4-4 from Molly Brockway with 10:29 to play.
Elizabeth Burke stopped 15 shots for Canton (2-1 league, 2-2) which dropped a 4-0 nonlegue decision to Lake Placid on Monday.
Abby Grant handled 33 shots in goal for the Lady Shamrocks (1-1-1).
Salmon River plays host to Massena next Tuesday at 5 p.m. while Canton returns to action on Wednesday against SLC at the SUNY Canton arena starting at 4:15 p.m.