SLC Drops OFA; N-N Tops Raiders For Title
BRASHER FALLS - The NAC Division II Hockey Race unfolded with an "anyone can beat anyone on any given night scenario."
It ended in the same way on Wednesday with St. Lawrence Central (4-8-1) upending 8-5-0 OFA 3-1 at the Tri-Town Civic Center to deny the 8-5-0 Blue Devils' hopes of securing a share of the Division II title with 9-4-0 Norwood-Norfolk. N-N impressively closed its NAC season with a 4-1 victory over Division I leader Massena (6-3-1).
The other action of the night was also interdivisional matchups where Salmon River (7-6-0) blanked Canton (3-5-1) and the Islanders (3-8-1) played to 3-3 tie with Potsdam (4-3-2) in duel of teams who enjoyed a strong finish.
OFA and Norwood-Norfolk will both draw byes to the Division II semi-finals of the Section 10 Tournament on Feb. 27. Salmon River (7-6), Malone (4-6-2), St. Lawrence Central (4-8-1) and the Islanders (3-8-1) will be seeded for quarter-final matchups.
SLC 3 - OFA 1: The Blue Devils (13-5-1) scored the only goal of the first period when Kaleb Spears connected from Drew Costello and OFA keeper Kelson Hooper handled all 11 SLC shots.
The Devils followed with a bid to take control of the game by outshooting SLC (5-13-1) 14-7 in the middle stanza. But Torran Robertson stopped all 14 shots and the Larries pulled even when Connor Foster scored from Neal Adams and Ashton Adams.
Robertson stopped all nine OFA shots in the third period and finished with 29 saves and SLC scored twice to secure their second divisional win over the Devils this season.
Kade Hayes scored the game-winner from Neal Adams at 11:06 and Ashton Adams netted an insurance tally with 2:35 to play from Mason Frary and Brendan Phippen.
OFA's Kelson Hooper stopped 10 shots in the third period to finish with 27 saves.
"We took too many penalties and we had some chances but didn't capitalize," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
"Like I said anyone can beat anyone on any given night. We need to regroup and work hard in practice and not just go through the motions. If we work hard we can play with anyone."
N-N 4 - Massena 1: The Icemen (11-7-1) scored in every period and took a 2-0 lead as Jayden Grant scored from Joey Green and Brody VanBuren and VanBuren converted from Green and John McCall. Mikey Kuhn scored for Massena (9-8-1) unassisted to make it to 2-1 and Bobby Voss answered from McCall and McCall netted the line goal of the third period from Reed Gravlin.
Thomas Cafarella stopped 27 shots backstopping the win and Ben Allen made 31 saves for Massena.
Salmon River 3 - Canton 0: Ryan Oakes stopped 20 shots in a shutout and Tim Cook Jr. led the SR (10-10) offense with a goal and an assist along with Jared Showen. Cobie Cree also scored and Alex Oakes added an assist.
Hayden Todd made 27 saves in the Canto (3-14-1) goal.
"Very proud of our kids this year. We have some older guys but we have a whole lot of youth and inexperience as well. Tonight, they played a complete game. We look forward to the playoffs."