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Potsdam, SLC girls hockey comebacks denied

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Beekmantown outlasted Potsdam Central while Canton turned back St. Lawrence Central in High School Girls Hockey matchups on Wednesday.

Beekmantown 2, Potsdam 1: In an early season matchup of unbeatens at Pine Street Arena, Regan Matott connected for an unassisted power play goal with 4:27 left in regulation to lift the visiting Eagles to the win.

Lauren O’Connor opened the scoring at 10:22 of the first period for Beekmantown off an assist from Matott but the Lady Sandstoners pulled even just 4:32 into the second when Megan Plumb finished off a play set up by Megan Stevenson.

Allie Compeau made 16 saves for Potsdam while Kayleigh Bell handled 20 shots backstopping the win.

Now 5-1, the Lady Sandstoners will look to get back on track this Friday when they take on Kenmore-East in the first round of a tournament hosted by Albany Academy starting at 7:30 p.m.

Canton 4, SLC 3: At the SUNY Canton rink, the host Lady Bears built a 3-1 lead but needed a pair of late third-period goals to put away the Lady Larries.

SLC opened the scoring when Lydia Cosgrove broke through for an unassisted goal just 3:37 into the game but Canton tied the game with 4:44 left in the first period on a goal by Taylor Marcellus that was assisted by Natalie Giglio.

Blake Orosz made it 2-1 at 5:12 of the second period assisted by Samantha Mace and Giglio pushed the lead to 3-1 just over two minutes later when Giglio finished off a play set up by Samantha Mace and Mary Kait Mace.

Brandi Thomas pulled the Lady Larries back to within one with an unassisted goal at the 8:20 mark of the middle frame. Madee Derouchie tied the game with 2:12 left in the period assisted by Paige DeBeer.

Orosz, who had been stopped twice before in the third period on partial breakaway attempts by SLC netminder Steph Peets, controlled a loose puck deep in the Canton zone and went end-to-end to score the eventual game-winning goal on a breakaway with 3:51 left in regulation. She went on to seal the win and complete her hattrick with an empty-net goal set up by Mackenzie Comeau with just 15 seconds remaining.

Peets finished with 28 saves for SLC while Elizabeth Burke blocked 11 shots for Canton.

The Lady Larries (0-5-1) are slated to host Massena next Wednesday at the Tri-Town Arena starting at 5 p.m.

In a game played on Tuesday, Massena skated to a 3-1 decision over Salmon River.

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