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Salmon, Massena hockey add wins over OFA, TI, N-N, Beekmantown, Canton


By Andy Gardner

Salmon River and Massena hockey squadrons played a decent week and added wins over opponents from around the region.

The Massena Raiders boys contingent battled Ithaca to a 4-3 overtime victory on their home ice at Massena Arena on Friday, Dec. 7. Ithaca started with an early lead with two unanswered first period goals, one off the stick of Bryce Mitchell 31 seconds in and the other from Michael Sornberg with 2:01 left in the stanza. Michael Kuhn evened the score for Massena 15:49 into the middle frame on a play set up by Nick Linstad. Seven seconds later, Chris Paige took a pass from Nick Morrell and made the scoreboard read 2-all. After 2:05 in the third period, Paige put the Raiders up to a one-goal lead after taking another pass from Morrell. Sam Hynes-Klempa tied the game two minutes later on a play set up by Mitchell. Morrell scored the game-winner in OT after taking a pass from Eddy Brown. Massena netminder Casey Hooper stood tall in the net with 21 saves. Jackson Oates made 28 saves.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Salmon River posted a 3-1 win over hosts Ogdensburg at the Golden Dome. Cameron Cartier scored the opening goal 9:44 into regulation after taking a pass from Kaden Conners. Conners turned around and elevated the score to 2-0 8:24 into the second period. Jackson Troiano put OFA in the game two minutes later on a power play. Cartier fired in the insurance goal on an empty netter with 55 seconds left on the clock, with assists credited to Conners and Zachary Durant. John Jacobs made 31 saves for Salmon River. Kelson Hooper turned aside 34 pucks for OFA.

The same evening at Massena Arena, the Raiders turned back the Thousand Islands Islanders in a 6-1 win. The teams swapped first-period power play goals and Massena went on to punch in five unanswered markers. Paige opened scoring 11:30 into the opening stanza, with assists from Matt Trimboli and Robbie Southwick. Matt Barton scored for TI with an assist from Tyler Turgeon. Other Massena goals came from Linstad, Southwick, Ryan Letham, Kuhn and Adrian Rufa. Between the pipes, Hooper made 20 saves. Trey Thompson made 36 saves for TI.

Two nights later, the ‘Rocks posted a win of their own over the Islanders on their home ice at Tom Cavanaugh Arena, Fort Covington.

“Tonight was a very exciting hockey game to coach and I bet fun to watch. The Islanders forecheck well and made us play all 51 minutes. Our depth came through in the end. We’ve played some of the best Division II teams in our league this last week. We feel we are making strides in the right direction. We’ve told the boys forward is good,” Coach Tim Cook said in an email.

Dillon St. Ann-Spinner sparked the offense on a power play after taking a pass from Tim Cook 10:23 into the opening frame. Conners lifted SRC to a 2-0 lead 15:46 on a second-period power play with assists from Cartier and Jalen Cook. Cartier, on a play set up by Conners, at 4:54 in the closing stanza made the score 3-0. Mason Aubertine scored TI’s goal with 6:19 left on the clock with assists from Turgeon and Mike Barton. Jacobs, covering the Salmon net, turned aside 20 shots. Thompson made 34 saves for Thousand Islands. Salmon River went on the next day to take a 3-2 loss to Ithaca.

The Shamrocks lost their season opener 5-1 over Norwood-Norfolk at home on Saturday, Dec. 1. Carter Benedict scored their only goal of the game in the second period. Carter Hemlock (nine saves) and John Jacobs (12 saves) split goaltender duties.

Salmon River girls hockey added a pair of wins over the course of the week as well.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Lady Shamrocks downed Canton 4-1 at Canton Pavilion. Myranda Collette scored the opening marker 4:31 into the first period on a play set up by Autumn Benedict. Makhia Snyder scored what would hold up as the game winner at 9:24 after taking a pass from Olivia Moulton. Madison Collette scored the insurance goal with assists from Hannah Johnson and Myranda Collette 20 seconds into the second stanza. Ieneratokwas Swamp made it 4-0 4:59 into the closing frame, unassisted. Phoebe Zagrobelny scored for Canton with 4:10 left on the clock. Carli Carter made 10 saves for Salmon River. Katie Premo turned aside 13 shots for Canton.

Two nights later, Salmon River posted a 3-0 win over the Beekmantown Eagles.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Massena Lady Raiders lost 4-2 to Oswego. Kylie Letham took a pass from Ella Oakes 51 seconds into the game and put Massena out to an early 1-0 lead, but Oswego came back with four straight goals. Jessica Amo scored Massena’s other tally with an assist from Oakes and Letham with less than four minutes left on the clock. Sabella Cromie made seven saves.

A Massena-Alexandria Bay game scheduled for Dec. 5 was postponed.


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