N-N Denies OFA; Wade Tourney Set Fri.-Sat.
BY DAVE SHEA
The first of what OFA Coach Jon Frederick feels will be a regular occurrence in the NAC Division II Hockey season transpired in the Edgar Newell Memorial Golden Dome on Wednesday as visiting Norwood-Norfolk downed OFA 2-0.
It was the opening game of the season for both teams and Coach Frederick looks for the competitive of the game to repeated throughout the division throughout the season.
The Icemen opened the defense of their division title by scoring 45 seconds into the second period in which the Devils went on to forge a 13-4 shots on goal advantage and added an empty net marker with six seconds to play in regulation.
Bobby Voss assisted on both goals for the Icemen who received a 30-save shutout from Thomas Cafarella who was supported admirably by his defense which blocked several OFA shots in the third period.
"We skated well and had a lot of chances. We just didn't finish and we had two goals nullified when the their net was knocked loose, said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
"We know we have to finish better but it is tough to take losing two goals like that."
Reed Gravlin scored what proved to be the game winner capping a three-way connection with Voss and Ryley Ashley 45 seconds into the second period where Cafarella made 13 saves. OFA's Kelson Hooper handled 11 of his 21 saves in the first period.
Hooper was on bench in a favor of an extra attacker and the Devils were skating with a two-man advantage after N-N was saddled with a penalty when the Iceman tallied an empty netter with six seconds to play. M-W student athlete Cade VanBuren controlled a center ice faceoff from Voss and wristed a shot into the net.
BRIAN WADE JR. TOURNEY
OFA will host the Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Tournament which will feature two first time entries and a long time participant in the Islanders of Thousand Islands-Alexandria Bay. Sweet Home and Lancaster St. Mary's have joined the field replacing Canandaigua and Baldwinsville.
On Friday OFA plays Sweet Home at 5:15 p.m. and Lancaster St. Mary's and the Islanders square off at 7 p.m.
On Saturday the Islanders meet Sweet Home at 11 a.m. and OFA meets St. Mary's at 1 p.m.
It will be the first of three tournaments scheduled for OFA this season. The Devils will play in the Salmon River Tournament on Dec. 13-14 after hosting St. Lawrence Central next Wednesday. On Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 OFA will play in the Islanders Tournament.
In two Upstate Girls Hockey League games Potsdam downed Massena 7-4 and Salmon River downed Canton 7-1.