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Potsdam, SLC boys hockey teams post impressive road wins

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The Potsdam Central and St. Lawrence Central boys hockey teams skated to impressive road wins on Friday.

Potsdam 2, West Genesee 1 (OT): In a non-league matchup in Camillus, the Sandstoners opened the scoring at 7:44 of the first period when Chad Varney converted on a pass from behind the net by Robbie Scott and the lead held until midway through the third period when Ryan McDonald finished off a play set up by Derek Farrell and Patrick Ciarla.

Varney lifted the Sandstoners to the win in the five-minute overtime when he controlled a loose puck after an offensive zone face-off then skated into the slot and lifted a shot into the top corner with just 27 seconds left for the unassisted game-winner.

Devin Crary made 31 saves backstopping the win while Henry Burns turned aside 30 shots for the Wildcats (5-4-1).

“West Genesee is definitely a quality team so this is a big win for us,” noted coach Al Benda after the Sandstoners improved to 4-2 overall.

Potsdam returns to action on Wednesday with an NAC game at Tupper Lake starting at 6:30 p.m.

SLC 5, Islanders 4: In the first round of the Islanders Holiday Tournament at the Alexandria Bay Community Center, the Larries posted their second come-from-behind 5-4 win over the host team in the space a week to earn a berth to the championship game this afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

The game also served as the second NAC Division II regular season meeting between the two squads.

The Islanders got off to the better start with a pair of unanswered first-period goals. Zack Walti opened the scoring at the 8:52 mark assisted by Nick McCabe before Kyle Delaney made it 2-0 just two minutes later assisted by Jordan VanBrocklin.

The Larries countered with two early goals in the second period. Nate Stickney finished off a two-on-one pass from Blake Baldwin just 52 seconds into the middle frame. Lukas Arquiett then tied the game with an unassisted goal at the 3:35 mark.

Colby Hunter put the Islanders back on top at 7:31 assisted by VanBrocklin but the Larries pulled even at 3-3 with a power play goal by Ian Lunch that was set up by Arquiett with 3:20 left in the second. The Islanders took their third lead of the game just over a minute later when Delaney connected from McCabe.

Kody Kocsis knotted the score at 4—4 with a power play goal set up by Baldwin and Lynch at the 3:56 mark. Lynch then finished off a pass from Arquiett on what started on feed up the ice by Kocsis and evolved into a well-executed two-on-one break with 6:06 left in regulation.

“We’ve had some nice wins so far this season,” noted coach Mickey Locke after the Larries improved to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the NAC. “We’ll see where they take us.”

Nate McLaughlin had 28 stops working the crease for the win while Cole James made 26 saves in the losing cause.

Plattsburgh High and Hilton were slated to square off in the other first round game.

GIRLS HOCKEY

In the lone high school girls hockey game played on Friday, Massena outlasted Bellows Free Academy 2-1. The second game at the Massena Arena between Potsdam and Williamsville-East was played as a scrimmage.

The Lady Raiders opened the scoring at 12:34 of the first period when Abbie Paquin finished off a play set up by Bailey Dillabough and K.C. Herne.

The Comets tied the game at 6:31 of the second period when Chelsea Ellis knock home the rebound of a shot by Jade Remillard but Carlie Leary took a lead pass up the right boards out of the defensive zone from teammate Raechel Davis then swept across the neutral zone and down the left wing before cutting toward net and scoring on a partial breakaway just 42 seconds after the BFA equalizer.

Maddi Dillabough made 33 saves backstopping the win while Shanley Horigan stopped 19 of the shots she faced for the Comets.

Now 7-4, the Lady Raiders play their scrimmage against Williamsville-East today at 11:30 p.m. before Potsdam takes on BFA in a non-league game at 1:45 p.m.

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