The Massena Central and Norwood-Norfolk boys hockey teams skated to convincing NAC wins at their home rinks on Wednesday.
Massena 4, Islanders 1: At the Massena Arena, the host Raiders overcame a slow start with four unanswered goals in the second period for their second NAC win in as many games.
The Islanders opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 8:33 mark of the first period by Zach Walti off assists from Sean Shepard and Kyle Delaney. Ryan Moffitt sparked the second-period turnaround for the Raiders when he finished off a play set up by Cameron Marsh and Tyler Young just 2:29 into the middle frame. Brantley Adams then intercepted a lead pass near mid-ice and went in to score an unassisted goal that held up as the game winner at the 4:12 mark. Young made it 3-1 with a power play goal set up by Adams and Zach Robert at 9:22 before Young closed out the scoring with a wraparound goal assisted by Anthony Cortese and Zach Robert with just six seconds left in the period.
Connor Paquin made 14 saves backstopping the win while Cole James handled 35 shots in the losing cause.
The Islanders came out strong. They played very physical and skated hard, noted coach Mike Trimboli. It was just a matter of us making a few certain adjustments, getting refocused and coming out an playing our game.
Now 2-2 overall, the Raiders head to Fort Covington for a weekend tournament starting Friday night when they go up against Kenmore-East starting at 8:15 p.m. Host Salmon River faces Queensbury at 6 p.m. on Friday.
N-N 8, Tupper Lake 0: In a Division II matchup at Dominic Zappia Arena in Norfolk, the host Icemen worked their way to a 4-0 lead by the first intermission and never looked back for their first NAC win.
Cody Smith opened the scoring 7:32 into the game assisted by Brandon Short and Kaden Pickering then sealed the win when he completed a hattrick with 4:31 left in regulation assisted by Tristan Harvey and Kyler McIntyre. Short, Pickering and Harvey all finished with a goal and assist along with Austin Cousineau. Tristan St. Andrews netted the other N-N goal while Dan Fyckes, Tyler Fobare, Zeb Brown, Coby Munson, Shane Cryderman, Brandon Cousineau and Kyle Bond all contributed solo assists toward the winning effort.
Brandon Richards started between the pipes for the Icemen and posted seven saves through the first two period. McIntyre came on to stop two more shots in the third period in preserving the shutout. Marcus Richer (1 period, 23 saves) and Tyler Nelson (2 periods, 43 saves) split crease duties for the Lumberjacks.
The Icemen are slated to play on Friday at Division II rival OFA at 6:30 p.m.