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Salmon River hockey girls season ends in NYSPHSAA title game; MCS and SRC hockey and basketball regular seasons wind down


Shamrocks players celebrate the opening goal of their Feb. 14 game against Canton, scored by Talan Thompson. It would turn out to be the only goal they needed to win the game.

The Salmon River Lady Shamrocks hockey season recently came to an end in the 2018 NYSPHSAA tournament championship at SUNY Oswego. Meanwhile, the Shamrocks boys varsity hockey and basketball teams, along with the Massena boys hockey team closed out their regular seasons, and the varsity basketball teams each lost in Class B playoffs.

They lost 4-1 to Frontier-Lake Shore-Orchard Park on Feb. 11.

Lexi Lazore scored Salmon River's goal on a power play, with an assist from Olivia Moulton. The team managed 11 shots throughout the contest. Carli Cartier stood tall in the net for 24 saves.

Lazore was named All-Tournament, along with Brycelan Sunday. Lazore also received the Sportsmanship Award for the Lady Shamrocks after their semifinal win over Beekmantown. Cartier received the honor for the F-LS-OP game.

The Lady Shamrocks basketball team came up short in a Section 10 Class B playoff bout on Feb. 13 against Potsdam at Potsdam High School. The final score was 64-37. Salmon River led 7-6 after the first quarter, but then were outscored 21-9 in the fourth quarter. Jillian Benedict scored a game-high 19 points. Dava Thompson, who pulled down 10 rebounds, scored nine points, Kamea Thomas notched five, and Bailey White and Wahsontiio two apiece. Yanenowi Logan had two boards and a steal. Sierra Cummings led Potsdam with 15 points.

On Feb. 15, the Shamrocks boys basketball team lost their Class B playoff match 75-47 to Ogdensburg Free Academy. Salmon River was ahead in the second quarter, but lost their lead and never recovered.

The Shamrocks hockey team ended their regular season on a strong note, with three straight blowout wins. The team has a first-round bye in Division II playoffs. They will host a semifinal matchup on Feb. 22. They defeated Franklin Academy 9-1 on Feb. 15 at Tom Cavanaugh Arena in Fort Covington. Salmon River scored the only two goals they would need in the first period and then reeled off four goals in the middle frame. Cameron Cartier and Jacob Cook each netted hat tricks, and Cook also tallied a single helper. Preston Benedict and Dylan Wylie each fashioned a goal and an assist. Kenan Herne scored a solo goal. Tehakwirakarenrons McDonald had a trio of assists and Timmy Cook had two assists. Three Salmon River goalies took time in the crease, with Preston Hemlock tallying seven saves, John Miller three saves and Ryan Oakes one save. Joey Benware scored for Malone with less than a minute on the clock. Matt Delisle covered their net for 18 saves and Erik Lavigne fashioned 12 saves.

The previous evening, the Shamrocks skated to a shut-out win over Canton, 7-0 on home ice. Talan Thompson scored the only necessary goal 13 seconds into regulation on a play set up by Wylie. Thompson and Kaden Conners each ended the night two two goals. Timmy Cook and Wylie each had one goal and one helper. Gage King-Gorman struck for one goal. Dillon St. Ann-Spinner and Karenons McDonald each recorded a pair of assists. Carter Benedict and Kenan Herne had one assist each. John Jacobs turned aside 22 shots. Canton's Cameron Proulx (11 saves) and Jerod Burchell (29 saves) each spent time in nets.

On Feb. 12, Salmon River bested Norwood-Norfolk 4-1 at home. Matt Harvey scored the game-winning goal during a 1-1 tie in the second period. Cobie Cree, Conners and King-Gorman notched the other three goals. King-Gorman and Cameron Cartier each set up two goals, while solo assists came from Jacob Cook and Tim Cook. Jacobs stopped 17 shots. Norwood-Norfolk‚ goal came from Bobby Voss, assisted by Ryan VanPatten and Ty Cotter. Thomas Caferella made 31 saves.

Wahsontiio tries to get a hand on a missed shot.

The Massena boys hockey team closed out their regular calendar with a 3-1 win over Canton on Feb. 14. All of their goals came in the first two periods. Chris Paige notched the first point 10:08 into the first period, unassisted and shorthanded. Robert Southwick scored what would hold up as the game-winner 46 second later, assisted by Paige. Nick Linstad scored the insurance goal at 11:23 in the second period, assisted by Southwick and Matt Trimboli. Three Massena goalies covered the net, Linc Hamelin (two saves), Merrick Taraska (nine saves) and Nate Moffitt (three saves). Cam Talcott scored Potsdam's goal 19 seconds into the closing stanza, assisted by Danner Dorothy and Romano Sergi. Cole Eakins turned aside 33 shots. Massena will play in the Section 10 Division I game on Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. at Cheel Arena in Potsdam.


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