OFA Untracks Scoring Touch In Wade Tourney
BY DAVE SHEA
Junior Karson LaRock scored twice and freshman Landin McDonald tallied his first varsity goal as OFA got it scoring touch untracked posting a 4-2 win over Sweet Home of Western New York in the first round of the 39th Annual Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Hockey Tournament on Friday at Edgar Newell Memorial Golden Dome Arena on Friday.
The host Blue Devils (1-1) will meet St. Mary's of Lancaster for the championship on Saturday at 1 p.m. St, Mary's posted a 7-0 win over the Thousand Islands-Alexandria Bay Islanders on Friday.
"We skated well again tonight and defensemen Stephen Morley and Nolan O'Donnell were very active to help the offense. The line of Karsen LaRose, Holden Woods and Keighan Sias are working very well together," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
"Kelson Hooper played well in goal. They scored twice in the third period on a nice shot and on a shot where Kelson was screened."
After being shutout 2-0 in their opening game to Norwood-Norfolk, the Devils broke through for their first goal of the season at 9:27 of the first period when sophomore Derek Barr tucked home a cross from Drew Mills. OFA went on to build a 4-0 lead.
LaRose connected from in front of the net after Holden Woods forced a turnover at 11:52 of the first period. Landin McDonald directed puck into an open side of the net off a cross from Barr and defenseman Drew Costello also figured in the scoring sequence. LaRose scored his second goal of the game 22 seconds into the third period off a pass from Woods.
Colin Bandelian scored the first goal for Sweet Home (0-1-1) which tied Brockport 2-2 in its season opener. Bandelian sniped a short shot just inside the left goal post with Matthew Van Slyke and Ryan Davis assisting at 3:20 of the third period. Cole Freidman netted a shot just under the crossbar through a crowd in front of the net off an assist from Blake Russo at 12:17.
Hooper finished with 21 stops in the game after posting 10 saves in the first period and Ian Burgess handled 28 saves for Sweet Home.
St. Mary's 7 - Islanders 0: James Chmiurzynski scored two goals and Dylan Dennis and Cole Young each delivered a goal and an assist as the Lancers cruised into today's meeting with OFA. Devlin Golovin and Noah Winiaski combined on an 1`1-save shutout and Chris Ogden an d Clayton Hall shared a 35-save effort for the Islanders.
MALONE DOWNS N-N
In an NAC Division II game played on Friday Malone opened a 3-0 lead on its way to a 3-1 win over Norwood-Norfolk. Nolan Wood delivered a goal and an assist for Malone (2-2, 1-0 NAC) which scored twice on its power play and Braeden Bethel scored the Icemen's lone goal off an assist from Rhett Ashley with just 51 seconds to play.
Malone's Jeremiah Scharf made 15 saves and Thomas Cafarella handled 28 stops for N-N (1-1 NAC).
In the first round of the Canton Booster Club Tournament Whitesboro blanked the host Golden Bears 4-0 and Penfield checked Potsdam 8-0.
Girls Hockey games on Friday saw: Salmon River blank Oswego 3-0, Skaneateles best Massena 6-1, Potsdam best Beekmantown 6-4 and Clinton down Alex Bay 3-0.