Devils Show Well As St. Mary's Wins Wade Tourney
BY DAVE SHEA
Winning the Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Tournament is always a high priority for the OFA Hockey team and its coaches.
But on Saturday after St. Mary's, a Division I school from Lancaster, New York, took the title in the 39th edition of the tournament with a 3-0 win over the host Blue Devils Head Coach Jon Frederick felt that the loss was secondary to the effort of his team.
"We played an outstanding team today. We probably won't play a better team all season and we played well. Our defenseman did a great job again today helping our offense. Drew Costello was extremely aggressive when he moved up and Holden Woods and Keegan Sias really played well on the penalty kill," said Coach Frederick.
"We killed off a 5-3 but we couldn't convert on our power play. They killed off all seven of their penalties. Now we have to get ready for a big league game against St. Lawrence Central home on Wednesday."
Nicolas Reif and Alexander Miller each delivered one goal and one assist for the 2-0 Lancers and Daniel Reif netted the eventual winning goal from close range on the power play at 1:59 of the second period. Alexander Miller and Conner Cwiklinski assisted on the goal. Miller and Nicholas Reif scored in third period off close range setups and Connor Payne assisted on the third goal.
Forward James Chmurzynski was honored as the Tournament MVP and Dillon Murphy stopped 19 shots in the shutout and made the All-Tournament Team. OFA goalie Kelson Hooper handled 29 saves for OFA and also made the All-Tournament Team along with the Lancers' Noah Winiarski who posted a shutout over the Islanders on Friday.
Drew Costello of OFA was recognized with the tournament's Sportsmanship Award.
"We are a fourth year program but we have done well winning the Catholic League playoffs twice. We are a young team this year and James is one of our offensive leaders," said St. Mary's Coach Mark Dontonte.
"It was great to come back here. It is a great arena and I remember playing here in high school for St. Francis."
Islanders 6 - Sweet Home 3 -All-Tournament selection Trenton Barnes delivered two goals and one assist and Jacob Lynch and Morgan Fox each tallied one goal and one assist for the Islanders who scored two goals in all three periods. Owen Johnson and Rees Gray also scored and Clayton Hall made 16 saves in goal.
All Tournament selection Eric Abbate, Ryan Edlom and Blake Rusch scored for Sweet Home.
AROUND THE NAC
At the Canton Booster Club Tournament on Saturday Penfield downed Canton 7-1 and Whitesboro dropped Potsdam 3-1 and Ithaca blanked Salmon River 3-0.