OFA Skaters Gain Another Key Road Shutout
BY DAVE SHEA
NORFOLK - At the start of the season OFA Hockey Coach John Frederick predicted an NAC Division II race which would be totally wide open.
On Wednesday night as the second half of the season began that vision took shape after OFA secured a 2-0 win at Norwood-Norfolk and Salmon River defeated St. Lawrence Central 3-1.
N-N and SLC now share the Division lead at 3-3 for six points. Malone and Salmon River stand two points back at 2-2 and OFA is two points back at 2-3 heading into another key road game at Malone on Friday.
In one Division I game Potsdam gained its first win and Massena its first loss in a 6-2 decision.
OFA 2 - N-N 0: Kelson Hooper played brilliantly in goal with 33 saves as the Blue Devils followed up a 4-0 win over Salmon River on Saturday despite being outshot 33-21 and reversed a first round loss to the Icemen.
Thomas Cafarella handled 13 shots in the N-N goal.
"It was another great road win again. The guys are really road warriors. The guys played hard with emotion. It has been tough week and now we go to Malone on Friday," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
"Kelson Hooper was dominant in net."
Jack Mills scored from his brother Drew Mills collaborating on what proved to be the winning goal at 1:23 of the first period.
"Drew Mills worked hard behind the net and his brother Jack came down the slot and slammed home a shot in what was a nice play," said Coach Frederick.
Nolan O'Donnell scored the second goal unassisted at 11:16 of the second period.
Salmon River 3 - SLC 1: Cobie Cree and Ethan Moulton interchanged on the first two goals and Stone Chubb completed a three-goal second period scoring from Kade Cook and Jared Showen. Alex Oakes also assisted on the first goal.
Kade Hayes scored the lone SLC goal in the third period. Ryan Oakes stopped 26 shots for SR and SLC netminder Jonah Burnett picked up 20 saves.
"The kids wanted this game a lot tonight. We had some new lines and threw in a few wrinkles. Nice one to get in the league," said SR Coach Tim Cook.