Massena Central outlasted Division I rival Canton 1-0 and Norwood-Norfolk rallied to claim a 3-2 Division II decision over St. Lawrence Central in a pair of key mid-season NAC boys hockey matchups on Wednesday.
Massena 1, Canton 0: At the Canton Pavilion, Ryan Moffitt redirected a shot from the point by teammate Maddox Merry into the back of the net for a power play goal 9:32 into the game and the Raiders made it stand for the win as they raised their Division I leading record to 6-0 while handing the host Golden Bears their first NAC setback of the season.
Devin Page also drew an assist on the game-winner while senior Connor Paquin handled the 15 shots he faced working the crease for the shutout.
Sophomore Jon Stone stood tall making 30 saves backstopping the Canton (4-5, 2-1) effort.
The Raiders, now 7-3 overall, are slated to host a weekend tournament at the Massena Arena starting on Friday when they take on Lancaster starting at 7:30 p.m. Potsdam and Suffern square off in the other first round game on Friday at 5:30 p.m. The teams then switch opponents for the Saturday games with Lancaster and Potsdam facing off at 11:30 a.m. and the host Raiders taking on Suffern starting at 2:30 p.m.
N-N 3, SLC 2: At the Tri-Town Arena, the visiting Icemen twice rallied from one-goal deficits to deny the Larries and raise their Division II leading record to 3-1.
SLC opened the scoring when Lukas Arquiett one-timed a centering pass from Kody Kocsis into the back of the net from the right slot for a power play goal at the 12:06 mark of the first period. Hadyn St. Hilaire also earned an assist.
The Icemen got their first equalizer just 2:19 into the second period when Austin Cousineau finished off a play set up by Kaden Pickering and Shane Fobare but the Larries regained the lead at the 12:26 mark of the middle frame when Luke Peets converted from Arquiett and Joe DiMatteo.
The Icemen wasted little time pulling even as Jeff Mott struck just 15 seconds later off assists from Cousineau and Pickering and the teams went into the second intermission knotted at 2-2.
The Icemen completed their comeback 3:50 into the third period when Zeb Brown converted on a centering pass from Pickering. Cousineau picked up his second assist on the eventual game-winner.
Brandon Richards turned aside 25 shots handling crease duties in the win while Nate Burnett tallied 31 saves for the Larries (3-5, 1-3).
Both teams will be playing non-league rivals in their next games with the Icemen (5-1) hitting the road to take on Plattsburgh High on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and SLC playing host to Sweet Home of Section 6 on Friday at 7 p.m. before squaring off against NAC rival Salmon River at home on Saturday at 7 p.m.
In the other NAC boys hockey encounters on Wednesday, Salmon River skated to a 4-1 win on the road over Franklin Academy while OFA survived a 3-2 overtime decision at Tupper Lake.
Salmon River 4, FA 1: At the Malone Civic Center, the Shamrocks broke away from a 1-1 tie with three unanswered third-period goals.
Salmon River opened the scoring just 2:12 into the game when Tye Terrance converted from Tyler Sisto but the Huskies pulled even less than two minutes later when Trevor Cooley finished off a play set up by Jake Henning and Trevor Henderson.
The Shamrocks used a quick scoring burst early in the third period to take control. Terrance netted the eventual game-winner at the 4:40 mark assisted by Chad George and Nate Smoke. Sean David made it 3-1 just over two minutes off an assist from Ronnie Boots. George then sealed the win when he struck from Tyren Boots with 2:02 left in regulation.
Aidan Comins went the distance between the pipes for the Shamrocks and turned aside 17 shots backstopping the win while Joey Brown logged 31 saves for FA (3-4-1, 2-4-1).
The Shamrocks (4-4-1, 2-1-0) have a busy weekend coming up with back-to-back games against NAC Division II rivals. They host the Islanders on Friday at 6:30 p.m. then travel to Brasher Falls on Saturday to take on St. Lawrence Central at the Tri-Town Arena starting at 7 p.m.
OFA 3, Tupper Lake 2 (OT): At the Tupper Lake Civic Center, the visiting Blue Devils built a 2-0 lead in the first period before the Lumberjacks rallied to force overtime.
Austin Morley-Sloan scored from Zach Barr an Burke Comeau 4:30 into the game before Austin Putman connected from Mark Morrow with 4:30 left in the first period to put OFA ahead 2-0.
Tim Fuller pulled the Lumberjacks to within one at 9:39 of the second period assisted by Boyce Guerette. Then, with their goaltender pulled for the extra-skater, Elliott Fletchers low shot from the point found its way through a screen and into the back of the net with 39 seconds left in regulation.
Shortly after two saves by netminder David Prudhomme in the opening minute of overtime preserved the tie for OFA (5-5, 4-3), Nolan Rufa lifted the Blue Devils to the win at the 1:10 mark with a hard wrist shot from the left wing.
Prudhomme finished with 29 saves while Tupper Lake (0-7-1, 0-5-1) counterpart Tyler Nilsson did likewise.