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N-N wins defensive duel over OFA

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Shots were few and scoring chances scarce on Friday night as OFA hosted Norwood-Norfolk to renew a longstanding NAC Division 2 hockey rivalry.

The Icemen’s Brandon Short accounted for the lone goal of the game on a second period power play and N-N posted a 1-0 win which left both teams at 2-1 in NAC play.

“It was a good game in terms of defense. We played defense well but we just couldn’t get enough shots on goal,” said OFA Coach Jon Frederick after 3-2 Devils dropped to 0-2 at the Golden Dome heading into Sunday morning’s 11 a.m. nonleague start against Kenmore East which fell to Massena 4-1 in the first round of the Salmon River Tournament on Friday. Queensbury blanked Salmon River 2-0 in the other action. In the Canton Booster Club Tournament, Cicero North-Syracuse blanked the host Bears 3-0 and Williamsville East stopped Potsdam 6-0.

“We just have to regroup and we will. We had a couple of people missing tonight who could have helped us offensively. Norwood-Norfolk played well and got the win,” said Fredericks.

A very valuable win according the Icemen (3-1-0) Coach Paul Durant.

“It was very nice win for us and shows how tough the Northern Conference Division II is going to be game in and game out. They had some people out and so did we and both teams played well defensively and got good goaltending,” said Durant. “Their goalie was screened on our one goal which deflected in but he made some nice saves on some other shots.”

Brandon Short netted the only goal of the game on a power connection 3:20 into the second period with Austin Cousineau and Kaden Pickering assisting.

Brandon Richards was very tough down low posting a 13 save shutout while his defense limited OFA to six shots over the course of the second and third periods. Dave Prudhomme finished with 13 saves for OFA.

Massena 4, Kenmore-East 1: The Raiders fell behind just 3:54 into the game when Mike Dilaberto converted off an assist from Anthony Amoia for a power play goal. Grayson Phillips tied the game at 3:46 of the third period assisted by Tyler Young and Brantley Adams. Jordan Hart then finished off a play set up by Young and Phillips for a power play goal at the 5:43 mark and the Raiders made it stand as the game-winner. Young made it 3-1 at 10:47 assisted by Phillips and Young before Anthony Cortese sealed the win with an shorthanded empty-net goal with nine seconds remaining.

Connor Paquin stopped 21 shots in the win while Trevor Taggert recorded 25 saves in the loss.

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