Devil Skaters Race Into Tie For Lead; Isles Nip N-N
CANTON - Like every school in the North Country a variety of flu-like illnesses have spread through the Ogdensburg Free Academy student body.
But this week flu-like symptoms have been replaced by an early arrival of playoff fever and the Blue Devil coaches couldn't be happier.
Following up on electrified atmospheres for wins by the OFA Boys and Girls Basketball teams, the Blue Devil hockey squad posted a 4-1 win over Canton at the Canton Pavillon on Friday in what Coach Jon Frederick called an "intense, crazy game atmosphere".
Frederick hopes that same scenario unfolds at St. Lawrence Central Wednesday when the Devils (8-4-0, 13-5-1) face Division II rival SLC in their final regular season game tied for the NAC Division II lead with Norwood-Norfolk. Norwood-Norfolk (8-4-0, 10-7-1) was upended 6-5 in overtime by the Islanders (3-5-0, 5-13-0) at the Clayton Arena Friday. N-N hosts Massena on Wednesday.
"It was an epic battle, a fast paced game. Both teams played hard and there was a playoff like intensity. We brought a jump in our step and Hoop (goalie Kelson Hooper) gave us a great game," said Frederick after the Devils bounced back from a loss to Potsdam on Wednesday which snapped a 10-game winning streak.
"We had great support from the Devil faithful and I want to thank the girls and boys hoop teams for their support."
After a 1-1 first period Mark Barr assisted a pair of second period goals and Nolan O'Donnell scored an unassisted goal on a 4-for-4 situation at 6:33 of the third period. Caleb Spears broke a 1-1 tie off an assists from Barr and Landin McDonald and Drew Costello scored from Barr for a 3-1 lead.
In the first period OFA took a 1-0 lead as Karson LaRose scored from Stephen Morley and Keeghan Sias and Canton answered with their only goal of the night when Rhett Palmer converted from Connor Snell and Peter Coakley.
Kelson Hooper handled 21 saves for OFA and Hayden Todd finished with 17 stops for Canton.
Islanders 6 - N-N 5 OT: Islanders' goalie Clayton Hall stopped 41 shots in a contest filled with high level individual scoring bursts. A contest ended on a golden goal by Chris Wetterham off assists from Matt Aubertine and Rees Gray. Aubertine scored four goals in regulation time, Trenton Barnes delivered two goals and one assist and Gray produced one goal and three assists.
Reed Gravlin scored four goals for N-N, Bobby Voss passed out three assists and Cade VanBuren scored one goal in support of Thomas Cafarella's 27 saves in goal.