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OFA Grinds Out Tie, SR loses At Salmon River Tourney

FORT COVINGTON - OFA will be looking to the compete for title and Salmon River will be looking to rebound on Saturday in the second day of the Salmon River Invitational Hockey Tournament. The Blue Devils skated to a 2-2 tie with Queensbury while New Hartford downed Salmon River 5-2.

OFA plays New Hartford and Salmon River squares off with Queensbury today.

OFA 2 - Queensbury 2: Karson LaRose figured in both goals for the Blue Devils who took a 1-0 lead and then tied the game with 4:09 remaining in the third period. Jack Randall assisted on a goal by Brendan Duffy and scored unassisted with 45 and six seconds remaining in the second period.

LaRose assisted on a Stephen Morley goal at 3:37 of the first period and converted off assists from Keighan Sias and Holden Woods with 4:07 remaining in regulation for the equalizer. Kelson Hooper handled 34 shots in the OFA goal and Blake Powers finished with 19 stops for Queensbury.

"We played hard and showed a lot of heart against a very good team. They were a finalist or semi-finalist in the state championships last year and only lost one kid to graduation," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.

"They had 12 seniors and we were pleased with the grit the team showed. We gave up two goals in the last minute of second period but other than that we played solid. Kelson Hooper was outstanding in goal and Karson LaRose had a nice game playing at center."

New Hartford 5 - Salmon River 2: Adam Joy scored two goals to spark NH which erased a 1-0 deficit and took control of the game in the second period by scoring five goals.

"We got off to a great start in the first period and had a 1-0 lead.  Then the second period saw us make a number of mental errors.  We are a team with inexperience in a number of areas.  In the third, we played great.  We are hoping to piece things together tomorrow," said Salmon River Coach Tim Cook.

Tim Cook Jr. scored both SR goals converting off assists from Khyler Johnson and Alex Oakes. Ryan Oakes (11 saves, 3 goals allowed) and Tehanerantaien Barnes (2 saves, 2 goals allowed) combined for 13 saves for SR and Derek Joy handled 27 shots for NH.

In other NAC Hockey action on Friday Malone outscored The Islanders 6-5, Saranac Central downed St. Lawrence Central 6-5 in overtime and Potsdam dropped as 5-3 decision to Hamburg at the Amherst Tournament.

OFA's Drew Costello screens the puck from a SLC player in Wednesday's game at the Golden Dome. OFA tied Queensbury on Friday night at the Salmon River Tournament.