The Northern Athletic Conference Division I Potsdam and Massena
Central boys hockey teams both enjoyed big second periods in recording home
shutout victories over NAC Division II opponents on Wednesday night.
Potsdam 6 TL 0
Potsdam (1-0-1 NAC, 5-2-1) erupted for five goals in a
span of seven minutes and 11 seconds in the second period and added one more
marker in the third.
³We did a good job taking advantage of our opportunities tonight,² said
Potsdam coach Al Benda whose Sandstoners.
After a scoreless 22 minutes to start the game, Seth Adams finally lit the
red lamp at 7:04 of the second period, knocking in a Mike Ellis rebound
after a scramble in front of the net.
That opened the floodgates as Taylor Hazen wristed home a 20-footer on the
power play with Ryan Merriman and Ellis assisting at 8:28; Ellis connected
from Seth Adams and Matt Merriman at 9:21; Ryan Merriman scored from Ellis
and Seth Adams at 13:36 before Kingsley tallied from Tyler Adams and Greg
Burkum at 14:15.
At 4:48 of third period, Hazen backhanded home the final goal of the night
with Dakota Ford and Ellis assisting.
Junior goalie Colin Searles made nine saves in goal for the shutout while
freshman Marcus Richer made 37 stops for the Lumberjacks.
Massena 7 TI 0
The Raiders (3-0 NAC, 5-4 overall) generated four of their
goals in the second period after netting just one in the first. Junior
Connor Amo got the only goal Massena would need at the 8:57 of the first
period on a play set up by Tyler LaShomb. Connor Dix made it 2-0 just 3:23
into the second off an assist from Zach Prashaw. Prashaw then sparked a late
Raider surge when he netted a power play goal set up by Amo and David Henrie
with 4:22 left. Nate McDonald finished off a play set up by Walt Wilmshurst
and Cullen Baines at the 13:09 mark and Amo struck for his second of the
game just 16 seconds later off an assist from Nick Moffitt.
The Raiders, who host OFA on Wednesday, sealed the win with two goals just
23 seconds apart midway through the third period. Derek Hammill connected
for a power play goal from Dix at 9:58 and Henrie closed out the scoring
from Amo with 4:39 left.
Bill Lint and Connor Paquin, an eighth-grader, combined on the shutout.
Tyler Sorrell recorded 29 stops for the Vikings.
Madrid-Waddington claimed the first three Don Petty Memorial Girls
Basketball Tournament Championships, but Canton has reeled off the last six
titles, including Wednesday¹s 46-42 win over Hermon-DeKalb in the finals at
Jerry Hourihan Gymnasium.
Emma Rexford converted a three-point play with 1:05 left in the fourth
quarter to erase Canton¹s only deficit of the night. The Lady Bears¹ 41-39
lead came after Brianna Sayer scored for H-D¹s first lead of the night at
39-38 with 1:58 left. After a missed free throw, Tournament MVP Tressa
Goolden scored a putback with 25 seconds left to seal the win.
³Being a good player doesn¹t necessarily mean being flashy. If you¹re
fundamentally sound, good things will happen. We are starting to believe
that. Tonight, we played pretty good and Emma¹s three-point play and
Tressa¹s putback were very important,² said Canton Coach Mike Meyers.
³I give credit to Hermon-DeKalb. They worked hard.²
Goolden finished with 15 points including six in the fourth quarter for
Canton. Tournament All-Star Kacie Wentworth delivered 13 points including
five in the third quarter where Canton took a 32-26 lead. Rexford added
eight points while Emily Archibald scored five. Alicia Jones was honored
with the Petty Sportsmanship Award.
Tournament All Star Brianna Sayer scored a game-high 22 points including 12
in the fourth quarter for H-D. She also posted 15 rebounds, five steals and
two assists. Rochelle Whitton, another All Tournament team selection from
H-D, generated eight points, six steals and three assists while teammate
Kelly Williams added eight points, six rebounds and three steals.
³We played solid at times but when Kaylee O¹Donnell went out, that hurt us
at guard,² said H-D Coach Steve Morrill.
E-K 38 N-N 33
The Cougars fended off a Flyer fourth quarter comeback to
earn the consolation trophy of the Don Petty Tournament. The Flyers
outscored E-K 18-7 in the final quarter, cutting the deficit to 36-33 with
51 seconds to play on a Paige Harvey three-pointer.
Tournament All Star selection Lindsey Crosbie and Kaylee Hartley each
tallied 13 points to pace the Cougars. Abby Campbell added six.
Harvey and Tournament All Star Emily Cotey each scored 13 points for N-N
including a combined 14 of the Flyer¹s 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Alycia Short and Ceci Roy each tallied four more.