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Fast Start Carries Massena Past OFA

MASSENA - Massena's electrified start overcame some heroic goaltending by Kelson Hooper and withstood a strong finish by OFA in an NAC Interdivisional hockey game at the Massena Arena on Saturday. The Raiders prevailed 2-1 and climbed to 2-0 in the NAC and 4-0 overall to hand 1-4 OFA its second one-goal loss in a 0-3 start to NAC play.

Ryan Letham and Pat Barkley scored 25 seconds apart at 12:55 and 13:15 of the first period where OFA netminder Kelson Hooper made 17 of his 35 saves. Letham scored from Zach Monacelli and Barkley scored from Brendan Finnegan.

"Massena showed up for the first period and we did not. After that it was even. Give them credit. They came out flying. It was pretty close after that first period," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.

"Kelson Hooper kept us in the game, especially in the first period. It was a good experience in a physical game. Nolan O'Donnell, Kaleb Spears, Drew Costello and Holden Woods played well for most of the game."

OFA broke through at 9:05 of the third period when Kaleb Spears connected from Keighan Sias to break the shutout of Massena keeper Dakota Allen who finished with 15 saves.

"We got off to a slow start and played a solid second period. We put a strong push together in the last four minutes. We pulled the goalie and had a couple of late chances but couldn't get one," said OFA Associate Coach Matt Morley.

Massena travels to West Gennessee on Friday and OFA visits Salmon River on Jan . 3.


The 1000 Islands-Alex Bay Islanders played Watertown IHC in the second day of the St. Lawrence Central Christmas Tournament. Islanders 2 - Watertown IHC 1: Trenton Barnes scored from Rees Gray and Chris Wetterhan lifting The Islanders to a 2-1 overtime win over Watertown IHC on Saturday and to a 2-0 record in the St. Lawrence Central Holiday Tournament. St. Lawrence Central downed Norwood-Norfolk in the other game of the day leaving both teams at 1-1 on the weekend.

In one nonleague game Essex Junction of Vermont blanked Canton 6-0. Cole Grant score IHC's goal and Hammond's Cooper Bennett tallied his first varsity goal for the Islanders off an assist from Jakob Lynch.

IHC Goalie, Colton Young, made 37 saves and The Islanders’ Clayton Hall finished with 13 stops.

OFA goalie Kelson Hooper and Blue Devil defenders stand firm against a Massena rush. (Sarah Jacobs Photo)

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