Devils Run Ice Streak To 8 With OT Victory
CLAYTON - Dramatics continued on both ends of the ice and carried the OFA Hockey team to its eighth straight win on Friday as the Blue Devils downed Bishop Timon of Buffalo 2-1 in the first round of the Islanders Tournament at Clayton.
Kelson Hooper continued his airtight goaltending with 38 saves including five in the overtime before Karson LaRose scored on a break-away from Holden Woods with just 44 seconds remaining.
"Karson has explosive speed. He knows how to finish and has gotten better as the season progresses," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
Bishop Timmon carried a 1-0 lead into the third period on the strength second period goal by Ryan Fay from Jake Reid and Ben Juliano. The 10-4-1 Devils pulled even with 5:52 remaining in the third period when Jake Morley took a pass from Nolan O'Donnell and scored on low shot from the point.
On the game winner LaRose took a lead pass from Woods and broke past a defender for a one vs one opportunity against BT keeper Eamon Jordan which converted with backhand shot. Jordan stopped 17 shots on the night and was not called up to make save in overtime. It was LaRose's 12 goal of the season.
"It was a very physical, tough game and of course 29 (Kelson Hooper) between the pipes was stellar. We weathered the storm in the second period after playing a good first period. Bishop Timon carried a lot of the play. We played well in the defensive zone and cashed in on our opportunities," said Coach Frederick.
"This was a big win. Bishop Timon played St. Joseph's twice and beat them once."
OFA will look for another intersectional win today at noon meeting Northeastern Clinton Central of Section 7. The Cougars downed the Islanders 5-1 on Friday.
In other NAC action Massena (5-1-1) tied Canton (3-2-1) 1-1 to maintain a four-point lead in the Division I standings and Plattsburgh High School and Malone played to a 3-3 nonleague tie.