Potsdam rolled past Salmon River while Massena fell short to Canton in the semi-finals of the Section 10 girls hockey playoffs on Wednesday.
The top-seeded Lady Sandstoners will now take on their Route 11 rivals in the championship game at Pine Street Arena on Saturday at 1 p.m. The sectional champion then advances to the High School Girls Hockey Championships slated for February 8-9 at the Canton Pavilion. Section 3, Section 7 and Section 6 will all be sending teams to this years final four.
Potsdam 9, Salmon River 0: The Lady Sandstoners scored a pair of early goals then scored seven times in the second period to earn a chance to defend their sectional title.
The girls have been playing very steady, consistent hockey this winter. We had to replace some key players but some of the youngers kids have really stepped up, noted coach Joe Stark after his squad improved to 17-2 overall.
Senior Megan Stevenson netted the only goal Potsdam would need just 2:37 into the game assisted by Kalie Grant and Cady Hart. Jenny Tardelli made it 2-0 at the 6:55 mark assisted by Jayden Young and the Lady Sandstoners never looked back, breaking the game open with five goals in just over five minutes late in the second period.
Grant, a freshman, finished with three goals and an assist to anchor the potent Potsdam offense. Jordan Emerson tallied a goal and two assists. Megan Plumb and Sierra Gagnon contributed a goal and assist each along with Stevenson. Kelsey Green netted the other goal while Ally Miller and Emily LaRoe each logged a solo helper.
Allie Compeau made four saves through the first two periods. Sidney Molnar handled the six shots she faced in the third period to preserve the shutout.
Becca Leroux turned aside 25 shots over the first two frames backstopping the Salmon River effort while Abby Grant stopped all seven shots sent her way in the third.
Potsdam won the two regular season games against Canton 3-2 and 5-3.
Those were both tough games for us and it shouldnt be any different for us on Saturday, noted Stark.
Canton 3, Massena 1: At the Massena Arena, the second-seeded Lady Raiders saw the best season in the six-year of the program come to a disappoint end as the Lady Bears came away with their sixth straight win.
Canton opened the scoring with 1:28 left inthe first period when Taylor Marcellus intercepted a pass and went into score an unassisted shorthanded goal.
Massena pulled even just 1:31 into the middle frame after Shannon Casey converted off an assist from Molly OConnell but the Lady Bears regained the lead with 4:13 left in the period as Margret Troiano connected from Blake Orosz.
Orosz went on to seal the win with an unassisted empty-net goal when 21 seconds left in regulation.
Maddi Dillabough made 23 saves working the crease for the Lady Raiders, who finished at 13-8 on the season under the guidance of coach Jenn Gray. Elizabeth Burke stopped 18 shots for Canton (9-8).