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OFA wins ice battle at Salmon River


FORT COVINGTON – It was a see-saw battle at the Tom Cavaugh Ice Arena at Fort Covington Thursday night, but when the issue cleared it was the Ogdensburg Blue Devils on top 5-4 over the Shamrocks. “It was a great game which went back-and-forth. We played with resiliency. We got down and battled. I’m very proud of this team’s effort,” said OFA Coach Jon Frederick whose team is 3-3 on the season.

Deadlocked at 2-2 after the first period, the Shamrocks doubled up on the Blue Devils in the second for the 4-3 lead going into the third.With less than six minutes left in regulation, Ogdensburg’s defenseman Burke Comeau, assisted by Gian Rufa and Jon Tayler, beat Salmon River netminder Dennis Bero to tie the game and send it into overtime.With three minutes to play in the extra period, Ogdensburg’s Jake Garrison tucked away a rebound in front of the Salmon River net for the 5-4 final.

“Our first and second line played great. Brandon Mullin, Jake Garrison and Drew Costigan worked hard. and Zach Barr, Andrew Roddy and Jon Tayler played tough down low. Gian Rufa had an excellent defensive effort, nearly playing every minute as we skated just three regular defensive players with Comeau and Middlemiss. We’ve got to build on this win playing Malone tomorrow at home. We’re unbeaten on the road but have struggled at home,” said Frederick.

Both teams came out strong to start the game, trading the lead back and forth throughout the stanza. Zach Barr led off the scoring for Ogdensburg, followed by a tying goal by Salmon River’s Austin Leroux, assisted by Brady Mitchell and Naylon Laffin. The Blue Devils’ Garrison, who would score the eventual game-winner in OT, fired a shot from outside the blue line that made it all the way through to put the visitors back in the lead. But with a little over a minute left in the first, Tye Terrance took matters into his own hands, taking the puck from the Salmon River end and weaving through both teams before putting a shot past Blue Devils goalie Dave Prudhomme to even it up at 2-2.

In the second, Salmon River’s Leroux picked up his second goal of the night, with assists going to Laffin and Kyle Lewis, just over a minute into the period to put the hometown squad ahead 3-2.

Ogdensburg’s Brandon Mullin beat the Shamrocks’ Bero from long range to tie the game at 3-3 with just under five minutes left in the period. Not to be outdone, Salmon River’s Terrance picked up his second goal of the night about two minutes later on an assist from Lewis to make it 4-3 going into the third.

Ogdensburg’s Comeau scored the game-knotter with 5 minutes, 42 seconds left to send the contest into the extra period.

The loss puts the Shamrocks at 1-6-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in league play. Salmon River Coach Tim Cook noted that all three of the team’s league games have gone to overtime.

Ogdensburg’s David Prudhomme made 20 saves in the win, while Salmon River’s Bero stopped 22 of the Blue Devils shots.

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