FORT COVINGTON - The Massena Central boys hockey team used a strong finish to overcome a fast Kenmore-East start in the first round of the Salmon River Holiday Tournament on Friday at Tom Cavanaugh Arena.
The Raiders fell behind 1-0 and went into the third period trailing by the same margin before generating four unanswered goals to claim a 4-1 decision. Salmon River fell to 1-0 to Queensbury in the first game of the tournament.
Massena will look to claim the tournament title today with a win over Queensbury starting at noon while the host Shamrocks take on Kenmore-East at 2:30 p.m.
Massena 4, Kenmore-East 1: The Raiders fell behind just 3:54 into the game when Mike Dilaberto converted off an assist from Anthony Amoia for a power play goal and the deficit held until Grayson Phillips tied the game at 3:46 of the third period assisted by Tyler Young and Brantley Adams. Jordan Hart then finished off a play set up by Young and Phillips for a power play goal at the 5:43 mark and the Raiders made it stand as the game-winner. Young made it 3-1 at 10:47 assisted by Phillips and Young before Anthony Cortese sealed the win with an shorthanded empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining.
Connor Paquin stopped 21 shots working the crease for the win while Trevor Taggert recorded 25 saves in the loss.
Queensbury 2, Salmon River 0: Queensbury opened the games scoring with the eventual game winner at 2:19 of the first period and added an insurance marker just 1:09 after the second period began. John Funiciello opened the games scoring in the first period while Shane Konaly added the second Spartans marker in the second stanza. Michael Carpenter and Michael Pagels had assists in support of winning goalie Teddy Nolan. Nolan stopped all 13 SRC shots to post the shutout.
Dennis Bero made 23 saves for SRC.
At the Canton Booster Club Tournament, both Section 10 teams came up empty as Potsdam dropped a 6-0 decision to Williamsville-East while Canton fell 2-0 to Cicero-North Syracuse in the first round games at the Canton Pavilion.
Williamsville-East 6, Potsdam 0: The East Flames worked their way to a 3-0 lead through the first two periods then put the game out of reach with three third-period tallies. John Bielinski got the only goal the Flames would need just 3:12 into the game assisted by Austin Bianchi. Bielinski finished with a goal and assist while Bianchi went on to fashion a goal and two helpers. Hunter Dee struck for a pair of goals while Conor Mulvey and Chris Winiecki accounted for the other two and Adam Dentico turned aside 22 shots working the crease for the shutout as the Flames improved to 5-1.
Devin Crary had 23 saves for the Sandstoners, who will look to bounce back from their first loss in four games today when they take on Cicero-NS starting at noon.
Cicero-NS 3, Canton 0: In the first game of the night at the Canton Pavilion, the North Stars (4-1) generated two quick goals and then sealed the win with a solo goal midway through the third where they held the Bears to just one shot on net.
Eric Hamilton led the winning effort, netting the game-winner just 1:50 into the game off an assist from Kyle Schilling. Hamilton then set up the second goal by Schilling at the 3:18 mark and clincher by Matthew Fiume at with 7:09 left in regulation.
Alexander Johnston handled the 13 shots he faced backstopping the shutout while Jake Watson made 19 saves for the Bears (2-2) who close out the tournament today against Williamsville-East at 2:30 p.m.
ICEMEN EDGE OFA
In the lone NAC boys hockey game on Friday, Norwood-Norfolk outlasted Division II rival OFA 1-0. Shots were few and scoring chances scarce as the Icemens Brand Short accounted for the lone goal of the game on a second period power play and N-N posted a 1-0 win which left both teams at 2-1 in NAC play.
It was a good game in terms of defense. We played defense well but we just couldnt get enough shots on goal, said OFA Coach Jon Frederick after 3-2 Devils dropped to 0-2 at the Golde Dome heading into Sunday mornings 11 a.m. nonleague start against Kenmore East which is playing in the Salmon River Tournament over the weekend.
We just have to regroup and we will. We had a couple of people missing tonight who could have helped us offensively. Norwood-Norfolk played well and got the win.
A very valuable win according the Icemen (3-1-0) Coach Paul Durant.
It was very nice win for us and shows how tough the Northern Conference Division II is going to be game in and game out. They had some people out and so did we and both teams played well defensively got good goaltending, said Durant.
Their goalie was screened on our one goal which deflected in but he made some nice saves on some other shots.
Brandon Short netted the only goal of the game on a power connection 3:20 into the second period with Austin Cousineau and Kaden Pickering assisting.
Brandon Richards was very tough down low posting a 13-save shutout while his defense limited OFA to six shots over the course of the second and third periods.
Dave Prudhomme finished with 13 saves for OFA.