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MASSENA - Three goals 91 seconds apart from the 7:19 to 8:50 mark of the first period gave Massena a 3-0 lead over visiting Potsdam in Northern Athletic Conference Division I Hockey action and Coach Mike Trimboli’s squad finished with a 5-3 win to remain unbeaten at 11-0 in Section 10, 13-4 overall.

Canton downed Malone 4-3 in another NAC game while Norwood-Norfolk defeated Watertown IHC in the championship of the Islanders Memorial Tournament and the host TI-Alexandria team nipped OFA 4-3 in the consolation game.

“We played very well in the first period but we didn’t skate well in the second and early in the third period,” said coach Trimboli. “We can’t keep doing that.”

At 7:19, Zach Kozsan started things for Massena with Evan Kassian and Maddox Merry logging assists. At 8:42, Jeremiah Reagan finished off a Bailey Hewlett and Dalton Mullin passing combination for a 2-0 lead. Patrick Manning made it 3-0 eight seconds later from Wyatt Wilmshurst.

Logan Green scored off a deflection at 11:59 from Green to trim the deficit to 3-1 before the first period ended.

In the second period, Green cut the deficit to 3-2 on a goal assisted by Ford at 7:00 but 43 seconds later Jordan Robert expanded the lead to 4-2 from Pat Manning and Merry on a shorthanded situation.

Potsdam responded with a shorthanded situation goal at 9:44 when Green scored his second from Ford.

The Raiders picked up a late goal in the third on an empty net goal from Tyler Young at 14:07.

Connor Paquin had 15 saves for Massena. Zach Boldt stopped 35 shots for Potsdam which fell to 6-9-1, 5-4-1 overall.

Islanders 4 - OFA 3: Cam Morgan scored the game-winning goal with 9:28 remaining in the game as the Islanders prevailed in a nonleague match of river community rivals. —— Kyle Delaney and Jordan VanBrocklin set up the tally which answered consecutive goals by Jared Barr and Nolan Rufa with 12:07 and 1:52 remaining in the second period. Barr scored from Burke Comeau and Rufa scored from Andrew Roddy and Austin Morley-Sloan.

“It was a very competitive game. We skated hard and made a nice comeback,” said OFA Coach Jon Frederick who lead his team into a three-game week with home games on Tuesday and Wednesday against Salmon River and the Islanders. “We had a few bad bounces go against us but that’s the way it goes. On one of their goals the puck pounced high off the glass and then hit goaltender Dave Prudhomme on the back of his pads and rolled into the net.” The Devils rallied for two ties in the contest. John Tayler scored from Zach and Jared Barr with 10:01 remaining in the first period to create a 1-1 tie and answer a Delaney tally from Morgan and VanBrocklin. The Islanders went up 3-1 as VanBrocklin scored from Morgan at 10:01 of the first period and Nate Thompson scored from Brady Gill in the second minute of the first period. OFA’s Dave Prudhomme and the Islanders’ Noah Randall both collected 25 saves on the day.

Canton 4, Malone 3: At Malone, Canton’s Matt Mende scored 53 seconds into the overtime period to lift the Bears past the Huskies.

Mende converted the game-winning goal as the Bears were on the power play. The tally came at the conclusion of an all-out scrum in front of, beside, and behind Malone goalie Joey Brown. The game-ending barrage came as the result of an FA player getting whistled for a cross-checking infraction

Bailey Conklin scored from Jake Henning and Logan Harris in the first for Malone. The Huskies took a 2-0 lead in the second from Kyler Head on assists from Tucker Bartenslager and Conklin but Canton roared back with two straight as Andrew McCormick connected unassisted and Cole Zeller tied the game at 2-2 from Josh Huaitt.

The Huskies regained the lead at 3-2 from Trevor Cooley (assists to Henning, Bartenslager) with 9:35 left in the second but Cody Moore knotted score with 8:51 left as Tanner Sanderson and Mende logged assists.

Canton had a 34-24 shot advantage as Jake Facey helped the Bears improve to 7-7-1, 5-2-1 with 21 saves. Joey Brown collected 30 stops for the Huskies’ 5-11-1, 4-8-1.

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