The Massena Central and Potsdam Central boys hockey teams skated to hard-fought decision at their home rinks over NAC Division II rivals on Friday night.
Massena 4, St. Lawrence Central 2: At the Massena Arena, the Raiders went ahead 3-0 before holding off the Larries and raising their NAC Division I leading record to 5-0.
We got the three-goal lead but St. Lawrence never quit and we got a little undisciplined, noted coach Mike Trimboli after the Raiders needed an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left in regulation to end a potential Larries comeback.
After trading chances, Massena took a quick 2-0 lead late in the first period when Ryan Thomas knocked in the rebound of a shot from the point by Tyler Young at the 12:41 mark then Josh Blair connected 30 seconds later with a hard-rushing end-to-end rush along the right boards that started behind his own goal and ended with him sweeping toward goal and stuffing a close range shot past netminder Nate Burnett.
Blair made it 3-0 at 8:17 of the second period when his shot from the point found the back of the net through a goalmouth scramble. Maddox Merry and Thomas drew assists on what would hold up as the game-winner.
The Larries got a late-period boost when Lukas Arquiett finished off a play set up by Mark Crump with 2:29 remaining to go into the second intermission trailing just 3-1.
A power play goal by Luke Peets at 10:33 of the third period that drew assists from Arquiett and Kody Kocsis pulled the Larries to within one before Ben Sprague ended any chance of a complete comeback when he converted from Jordan Robert for an empty-net goal with 10 seconds remaining.
Connor Paquin turned aside 20 shots backstopping the win while Burnett, who fielded the 17 shots he faced in the third period, finished with 31 saves working the SLC crease.
The Raiders, now 6-3 overall, return to action on Wednesday with a key early-season matchup at the Canton Pavilion against Division I rival Canton Central starting at 7:15 p.m. The Larries (3-3-0, 2-2-0) are slated to play host to Division II leading Norwood-Norfolk on Wednesday at the Tri-Town Arena starting at 7 p.m.
Potsdam 3, Franklin Academy 1: At Pine Street Arena, senior Josh Locey and junior Logan Ford combined to spark the Sandstoners past the Huskies. Locey opened the scoring 7:41 into the game assisted by Ford and Max Warden then converted off an assist from Ford just 2:16 into the second for what would hold up as the game-winner.
The Huskies got on the board at the 3:41 mark of the second when Jake Henning connected from Trevor Cooley but Corson Green restored the two-goal lead with 5:51 left in the middle frame on the third assist of the game for Ford.
Jacob Crary blocked 18 shots in the winning effort while Joey Brown posted 21 stops for FA (3-3-1, 2-3-1).
The Sandstoners (4-4-0, 2-1-0) are slated to play at a tournament hosted by Massena Central next weekend starting Friday night against Suffern at 7:30 p.m.