3-0 Road Swing Carries OFA Division II Lead Share
MALONE - A long but eventful week on the road has carried the OFA Hockey team into tie for NAC Division II Hockey lead.
Following up shutout wins at Salmon River and Norwood-Norfolk the Blue Devils answered a quick rally by Malone and gained a 4-2 win on Friday in a decision which hinged on a major penalty in the third period. The win left OFA, St. Lawrence Central and Norwood-Norfolk with 3-3 NAC records and six points atop Division II.
The Devils (5-4-1 overall) took a 2-0 lead in the second period as Stephen Morley scored from Chase Jacobs at 7:07 and Karsen LaRose netted a power play goal from Morley and Holden Woods at 10:13. Malone (3-6-1, 2-3 NAC) tied the score shortly after a Huskie drew a five-minute major as Trent King struck for unassisted shorthanded goals at 2:50 and 4:39 of the third period.
Drew Costello broke the tie just 12 seconds later with an unassisted power play goal. The Devils netted an insurance with their third power play tally of the game where Karson LaRose netted his second goal of the night on a break-away from Nolan O'Donnell.
"It was weird the way things worked out on the major penalty. Trent King is a nice player for them and scored twice but we recovered and Drew Costello scored a nice power goal. Kelson Hooper came up big again for us in the third period which was helter skelter. We got two power plays in the period and Karson LaRose scored on a break-away off an nice pass from Nolan O'Donnell," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
"It was a long week and we are all ready for some rest before we play road game four against the Islanders on Wednesday and then we host Salmon River on Friday in our Coaches vs Cancer game. We grinded it out. It is never easy to win at Malone. They are a good skating team and never gave up. Every game is a dog fight."
OFA goaltender Kelson Hooper stopped 11 of his 27 saves in the third period protecting the lead and Jerry Scharf turned in a solid 30-save effort for Malone.
The other NAC action night were all nonleague games where Salmon River nipped Beekmantown 2-1 in overtime, Norwood-Norfolk dropped Saranac Central 6-4, Plattsburgh bested St. Lawrence Central 4-1 and Ithaca downed the Islanders 4-1.
N-N 6 - Saranac 4: Ryley Ashley and Jayden Grant each scored two goals for the Icemen and Bobby Voss scored once and and assisted on three goals. John McCall delivered one goal and one assist and Cade VanBuren dished out two assists to back the combined goaltending effort of Wagstaff (11 saves) and Thomas Cafarella (3 saves).
Mason Mero made 45 saves for Saranac and Hayden Buckley scored a goal and assisted on the other three Chiefs' tallies.
Salmon River 2, Beekmantown 1 OT: "It is always tough to win at SUNY Plattsburgh. Beekmantown is always disciplined and it was great team effort for us.," said Salmon River Coach Tim Cook. Tim Cook Jr. scored the overtime game winner unassisted for Salmon River (4-4) and also gave the Shamrocks a 1-0 lead in the second period off an assist by Connor Lewis.
Keegan Rodies scored the lone Beekmantown goal allowed by SR keeper Ryan Oakes.
Ithaca 4 - Islanders 1: Chris Wetterman scored the lone Islanders' goal on the power play assisted by Trenton Barnes and Hunter Garnsey.
Chris Ogden stopped 28 shots in his first career start for the Islanders (3-7-0) allowing three goals. Ithaca's fourth goal was an empty netter.