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Massena Girls Varsity Hockey Season Ended by Potsdam; Boys Team Approaching Post-season


KC Herne gets ready to move the puck into scoring position.

The Massena girls varsity hockey season came to an end in Section 10 playoffs. Meanwhile, the girls basketball team won three straight, the wrestling team's season ended and the boys hockey team approaches playoffs.

After defeating Salmon River in the Section 10 semi-finals, the Massena Central girls varsity hockey season came to an end on Feb. 3 at the hands of Potsdam.

"I thought we played very well, but we ran into a hot goalie. I was very pleased with our effort and ability to pressure them in the offensive zone," girls hockey Coach Greg Paquin said. "Unfortunately for us, we just could not get that one break or bounce to capitalize. Potsdam is a very good team and we wish them well in the Final Four."

Massena downed Salmon 3-0 at Massena Arena on Feb. 1. Gisele Todd scored what held up as the game-winner 34 seconds in on a play set up by Maddie Mailhot and Meg Wilmshurst. KC Herne notched the insurance goal 36 seconds later with assists going to Claire Tyo and Mikenna Merry. Herne then scored the last goal of the game with 4:14 left to play, assisted by Kylie Letham. Kyrsten Stone logged 23 saves. Carli Carter turned aside 36 shots for Salmon River.

Two nights later, Massena's 2016-17 season came to a close. They lost 3-1 at Massena Arena to Potsdam. Erica Sloan posted the first goal for Potsdam 4:50 into the first period, assisted by Hannah Gray and McKenna Yette. Just under four minutes later, Mattie Tremper took advantage of a power play and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal. Mailhot scored Massena's lone marker with 4:29 to go in the first, assisted by Claire Tyo and Gisele Todd. Sloan scored Potsdam's last goal with 7:27 left in the game. Potsdam's netminder, who tallied half of her 32 saves in the closing stanza, made several big saves in the last few minutes of the contest to prevent any hopes of a Massena comeback.

The Massena girls varsity basketball team won three games in a row, two of which saw Lexis Jacobs leading the team in points scored. On Jan. 30, they bested Malone 59-38. Massena fell behind 13-12 in the first quarter but came together to outscore 33-16 in the second and third frames. Jacobs led the offensive charge with 12 points. Nova LeGrow scored 11 points with eight boards, four steals and three assists. Baylie Trumble scored eight points. Sydnee Carroll and Alyssa Eubank scored six points each. Four points each came from Al'lainya Dumas, who also had five rebounds, Erin McCarthy and Octavia Viskovich. Brittany Condon (four caroms) and Paige Perry (three assists) each scored two points. For Malone, Morgan Yando, Hayley Lewis and Taylor Gadway each scored nine points.

On Feb. 2, Massena downed Canton 53-46. Massena fell behind 11-2 in the first quarter, and lagged 24-17 at halftime but came back to outscore 23-12 in the third stanza. Jacobs (seven rebounds) and Carroll (five boards) led the offense with 11 points each. Alyssa Eubank scored six points with nine caroms. Viskovich logged six points and six boards. LeGrow scored four points and Skyler Trumble two. For Canton, Maggie Smith (nine boards) and Katelyn Flanagan led scoring with nine points each.

On Feb. 3, Massena clinched a 41-12 game against Potsdam. Massena played a shutout first period, outscoring 10-0 and never looked back. Eubank led the offense with 11 points, one block, six rebounds and a steal. Jacobs had two points, four assists, a block, two rebounds and four steals. Carroll had four points, four boards, a block and a steal.

The varsity wrestling team's regular season ended with two losses.

They fell 60-15 to Gouverneur on Feb. 3. Two nights earlier, they lost 51-20 to Franklin Academy. Massena was ahead 12-9 through the first five matchups, but fell behind and logged only two more wins for the rest of the night. Their victories included Michael Gardner pinning Dylan Feimann in 25 seconds at 195 pounds.

Massena Central boys varsity hockey added a win to their divisional lead but then dropped a non-league contest to a team from the Buffalo area.

On Feb. 1, they defeated visiting Norwood-Norfolk in a shutout at Massena Arena. Matt Derouchie scored the only goal needed on a power play with a helper from Cameron Plourde 4:24 into the contest. Zach Ward fired in another just under seven minutes later, also on a power play, after taking a pass from Plourde and Derouchie. Plourde with 1:41 to go in the opening frame made it 3-0 with the assist going to Nick Kozsan. In the middle stanza, Logan Chilton, Jack Loran and Derouchie scored Massena's other three goals. Loran logged two assists while Chilton and Derouchie each notched solo helpers. Nate Moffit turned aside 17 shots for Massena. Grant VanBuren denied 27 for N-N.

Meg Wilmshurst makes a move on the Potsdam goal.

Three nights later, Massena dropped a 5-2 game to Lancaster at Louisville Arena. Massena goals came from Robbie Southwick and Derouchie. Zach Ward, Kozsan and Gage Fiacco all tallied assists. Merrick Taraska had 25 saves. Riley Girchberger, Bryce Venham, Chris Vlachowski and Ryan Voight scored for Lancaster. Derrick Hamitz and Justin Stolz manned their net for 15 saves each.

The boys varsity basketball team picked up a win and a loss with one game postponed.

They defeated Franklin Academy 57-52 on Jan. 31. Massena held a narrow 26-25 lead at the half but went on to outscore Malone 16-7 in the third and 20-15 in the fourth quarter. Dante Viskovich scored a game-high 20 points. Alex Rusaw scored 12 points, James Donnelly and Tyler Bacon eight each, Josh Sheets six and Drew McMahon three. Ted Childs led FA with 14 points.

The previous evening, Massena lost 59-40 to Carthage. Their Feb. 3 game against Canton was postponed until Feb. 6.


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