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Massena girls hockey team skates past Salmon River


MASSENA - The Massena Central girls hockey team kept the best season in the six-year history of the program on track Wednesday evening with a 5-1 win over Section 10 rival Salmon River at the Massena Arena.

“This was another nice win for us. The girls just keep working hard and it’s paying off,” said coach Jenn Gray as the Lady Raiders took on the Lady Shamrocks in the first of four Massena varsity sports venues that are also serving as fund-raisers in the ongoing battle against cancer.

To show their support, the entire Massena lineup was clad in pink uniforms, complete with pink socks, pink tape on their sticks and strips of pink tape along their skate blades. The Lady Shamrocks also showed their support by taping their stick blades pink.

The other Massena Athletes Fight Cancer contests are next Wednesday, when the varsity wrestlers host Clifton-Fine in their final home meet starting at 6 p.m., on Friday, February 1, when the Raider boys basketball team takes on OFA starting with the JV matchup at 5:30 p.m., and on Monday, February 4, when the girls basketball team faces Franklin Academy.

“It’s definitely for a good cause,” Gray noted.

In their win on Wednesday which raised their overall record to 13-5, the Lady Raiders netted the first goal of the game then countered the only Salmon River tally with three goals in just over two minutes before sealing the win with a last-minute strike.

Eighth-grader Katie MacCuaig opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 11:18 of the first period. The Lady Shamrocks pulled even just 2:26 into the second period when Becca Leroux, who usually starts between the pipes but was pressed into service out of the crease due to a short bench, finished off a play set up by Mallory Johnson.

Freshman Raechel Davis put Massena back in the lead just two minutes later assisted by MacCuaig and Streeter. Sophomore Emily Wilmshurst added the first insurance goal at the 6:17 mark with Mia Jermano and Ellen Greene drawing the assists. Junior Carlie Leary made it 4-1 37 seconds later assisted by Streeter and Shannon Casey.

Sophomore Bailey Dillabough closed out the scoring with 21 seconds left in regulation by finishing off a centering pass from the left wing by Molly O’Donnell.

Eighth-grader Kyrsten Stone turned aside 18 shots backstopping the win while sophomore Abby Grant made 35 saves for the Lady Shamrocks.

Massena closes out the regular season at home on Friday against Section 7 leading Beekmantown starting at 6:15 p.m. while Salmon River finishes with three games in three days, hosting St. Lawrence Central today at 5 p.m. then traveling to Potsdam on Friday to take on the Section 10-leading Lady Sandstoners at Pine Street Arena starting at 4:30 p.m.

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