OFA Skaters Cap Challenging Road Swing 4-0
ALEXANDRA BAY - The OFA hockey team entered a four-game road swing with an 0-3 NAC record with an itinerary that would send them criss crossing the Eastern and Western borders of Section 10 and playing in four arenas where road wins don't come easy.
But after scoring a 5-1 win over the Islanders at the Alexandria Bay Arena the Devils stand at 4-3 and two points behind 5-3 Division II leader Norwood-Norfolk with a game in hand. N-N (5-3-0 10 points) downed Salmon River (2-3-0 4 points) 2-0 on Wednesday while St. Lawrence Central (3-5-0 6 points) dropped a 4-2 interdivisional loss to Canton.
Malone (2-4-0) lost to Massena 6-1 on Tuesday.
The Devils will return to home action on Friday hosting Salmon River in their Coaches Vs Cancer Game at Edgar Newell Memorial Golden Dome.
Goaltender Kelson Hooper, who entered the game with a Division II best goals against average of 1.59, continued to be a blockade in the crease stopping 30 shots and allowing only a third period goal by Chris Wetterhan from Trenton Barnes and Rees Gray. The Islanders, who slipped to 1-5-0 in NAC action received 21 saves from Clayton Hall.
"The road warriors win number four. The kids have come together in in tough situation. They have fostered a passionate attitude toward each other. They have taken a negative thing into a positive part of their lives," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
The credit goes to those kids in the face of adversity. All three of us are proud of them. We have big game against Salmon River on Friday."
The Devils scored single goals in the first and second period to gain a 2-0 lead.
Chase Jacobs scored from Nolan O'Donnell at 7:17 of the first period and Jack Mills netted an unassisted marker at 8:37 of the second period.
"The yellow line of of Jack Mills, Chase Jacobs and Tim McLellan were big getting the first two goals. Karson LaRose had a highlight move and goal."
Karson LaRose started a three-goal third period for OFA scoring from Drew Costello and set up Holden Woods for the final goal of the night. In between Keighan Sias completed a three-way passing connection from Drew Mills and Stephen Morley.
FLYERS BLANK SALMON RIVER
Thomas Cafarella stopped 22 shots in a shutout for the Icemen who received goals from Ryley Ashley and Jayden Grant in a 2-0 home win over Salmon River which received 21 saves from Ryan Oakes.
Jude Lauzon and Bobby Voss set up the first goal and John McCall set up the second goal.
Canton 4 - SLC 2: Daniel Mahoney scored two unanswered goals in the third period for Canton which received one goal and two assists from Rhett Palmer. Parker Hunt also scored for Canton with Peter Coakley, Conner Snell and Justin Brabant passing out assists.
Brendan Phippen opened the scoring for SLC unassisted and Jarret St. Hiliare scored from Mason Frary to create a 2-2 tie after two periods.
In Girls Hockey Potsdam downed Canton 6-2, Massena downed Saranac Lake-Lake Placid 4-2 and Salmon River blanked Malone 2-0.