NORFOLK - What was expected to be a defensive matchup between the Norwood-Norfolk and Salmon River boys hockey teams on Friday turned out to be anything but as the Icemen skated to a 9-5 NAC win over the Shamrocks at Dominic Zappia Arena.
We coaches were talking before the game and we figured it was going to be a pretty low-scoring game, noted N-N coach Paul Durant after his squad built a 4-0 lead then sealed the win with the final two goals of the game.
The Icemen took early control when they reeled off four goals in a span of just under five minutes. Kaden Pickering opened the scoring by finishing off a play set up by Austin Cousineau and Zeb Brown at the 7:17 mark. Brown then converted from Cousineau and Pickering two minutes later. Brandin Cousineau made it 3-0 at the 10:59 mark off an assist from Cody Smith. The duo then combined to set up A.J. Doran for the fourth Icemen goal with 2:45 left in the opening frame.
Kyle Lewis slowed the N-N onslaught when he connected from Ty Terrance and Ryan Thomas at 2:08 of the first. Nathan Smoke cut the deficit to 4-2 just 40 seconds into the middle frame assisted by Ty Terrance before Coby Munson generated what would stand as the game-winner at the 2:19 mark assisted by Tristan Harvey.
The teams went on to score four goals each in a wide-open second period that ended with Harvey converting from Munson and Brandon Short with only nine seconds remaining.
It was a pretty wild second period, said Durant.
Pickering sealed the win when he finished off a play set up by the two Cousineaus just 26 seconds into the third.
Pickering finished with two goals and three assists in the balanced N-N attack. Harvey tallied two goals and an assist while Kyle Bent accounted for the other Icemen goal. Smith wound up with three helpers on the night and Short logged a pair.
Naylen Laffin had a natural hattrick in the second period to pace the Shamrocks. Smoke also fashioned a solo assist along with Jarid Gray and Kyle Green.
Kyler MacIntire started between the pipes for the Icemen and turned aside eight of the shots he faced before giving way to Brandon Richards, who posted 16 saves in the combined crease effort. Dennis Berow played most of the first period and all of the third where he recorded 18 stops. Aiden Comins went the rest of the way and finished with six saves.
The Flyers (5-3, 3-2) are slated to play at Massena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. while the Shamrocks (1-6-1, 0-3-1) play host to St. Lawrence Central this evening starting at 7 p.m.