Larries Use Empty Net Goal To Seal Win Vs OFA
BY DAVE SHEA
St. Lawrence Central's Mason Frary scored twice in the third period, with an empty net goal with 1:16 to play, to secure a 4-2 NAC Division II win at the Edgar Newell Golden Dome rink on Wednesday evening. St. Lawrence Central (1-1) won its NAC opener and dropped 1-3 OFA to 0-2 in conference play.
The only NAC Hockey game of the night between Massena and St. Lawrence Central was postponed by a winter storm which across St. Lawrence County late in the afternoon. OFA's home wrestling match with Malone was also postponed by the storm.
Frary broke a 2-2 tie 5:39 into the with a quick striking passing connection between Kade Hayes and Brendan Phippen which sprung Frary free for a successful one vs one opportunity against OFA goaltender Kelson Hooper. The empty-net goal came with 1:16 to play when Phippen flipped the puck in the air out the defensive end to Frary who directed the puck into the net.
"St. Lawrence Central did a good job in transition and we didn't defend well enough in transition. We had a lot of shots but we didn't have a lot of real quality shots," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick after SLC goalie made 28 saves and the Devils' Kelson Hooper finished 19 stops.
"We get enough chances around the net and we have to work at being stronger on 50-50 pucks and pucks along the board. Mark Barr had a very strong game up front the Kaleb Spears had a good game on defense."
The Devils' two goals erased SLC leads of 1-0 and 2-1.
Jarrett St. Hilaire opened the scoring 4:03 into the game into game off assists from Ashton Adams and Ryan LaPage.
Kaleb Spears pulled even at 9:32 of the opening stanza moving in from the point to take a pass from Landin McDonald and drive a slap shot past St. Lawrence Central goalie Torran Robertson. Ryan LePage scored from in close from Andrew Lamora and Ashton Adams to give SLC a 2-1 lead at 5:08 of the second period and Mark Barr answered with a wrist shot through a crowd, assisted by Nolan O'Donnell, which tied the score at 2-2 give minutes later.
OFA will take the road for the first time this season meeting Queensbury on Friday night and New Hartford on Saturday in the Salmon River Tournament.
St. Lawrence Central will return to action on Wednesday in an NAC game against Massena.