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Second-period surge boosts Potsdam boys hockey team past Salmon River

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POTSDAM - An overwhelming second period boosted the Potsdam Central boys hockey team to a 5-1 NAC Division I win over Salmon River at Pine Street Arena on Wednesday.

“We played alright in the first period but in the second period, I thought we did a much better job of taking care of the puck and we were able to capitalize on a couple of mistakes,” said coach Al Benda after the Sandstoners improved to 5-0 in the NAC and 9-4 overall while sinking the Shamrocks to 1-11-2 and 0-6-2.

“We’re playing pretty well right now and hopefully we can keep it going,” he added.

After skating to a scoreless draw through the first period, the Sandstoners took control of the game in the second where they scored their first three goals during a five-minute span then put the game out of reach with a pair of last-minute tallies.

Trevor Keleher opened the scoring 5:12 into the middle frame off an assist from Chad Varney. Logan Ford struck for the eventual game-winner at the 8:00 mark by finishing off a play set up by Varney and Robbie Scott. Scott made it 3-0 just 2:17 later when he controlled a loose puck near center ice and went in to score a breakaway goal. Freshman Max Warden netted the fourth Potsdam goal on the power play assisted by Mason Bartell and Scott with 51 seconds left. Warden then set up Josh Locey for the final Sandstoners goal just 14 seconds later.

The Shamrocks spoiled Devin Crary’s bid for the shutout when Thomas Roundpoint connected from Ronnie Boots and Tyler Sisto with 1:21 left in regulation.

Crary finished with 19 saves working the crease for the win while Cory Garrow handled 22 shots tending the Salmon River goal.

The Sandstoners return to action on Friday when they head to Clayton to take on the Islanders starting at 7:30 p.m. while the Shamrocks are slated to play at Canton on Saturday starting at 12:30 p.m.

Canton 4, Islanders 0: In the lone other NAC boys hockey matchup at the Canton Pavilion Wednesday, freshman Jon Stone turned aside the 18 shots he faced to backstop the shutout. Matt Mende led the way offensively with the first and final goals of the game and an assist on the second by Andrew McCormick. Cody Moore had the other Canton goal.

Cole James made 25 saves in the losing effort.

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