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While growing up in Rochester, Brian Wade has made several appearances at OFA’s Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Tournament.

Attending with his father, Pat Wade, he has dropped pucks and handed out trophies in the tournament which honors the memory of his uncle for whom he is named.

Today Brian Wade will be looking to put the puck in the net and/or set up goals and help 11-3 McQuaid Jesuit win the first place trophy in the 31st Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Tournament. McQuaid, which has been ranked as high as second on the NYS Division I Poll this season, will meet host OFA at 2:30 p.m. in the final game of the match-up tournament which follows a points format.

In first round action on Friday, OFA downed Saranac Lake 3-2 in overtime while McQuaid posted a 6-0 victory over the Islanders aided by two assists by Brian Wade.

OFA 3 - Saranac Lake 2 OT: Two special teams goals and stellar senior leadership from forward Brandon Mullin and defenseman Gian Rufa carried the 7-3-1 Devils past a resilient effort by the Red Storm (3-4-2).

The duo figured in all three goals and Mullin completed a two-goal, one assist game by taking a pass from Rufa and netting a rising wrist shot past Saranac Lake keeper Justin Farmer 3:43 into overtime.

Mullin scored from Rufa on a power play and then combined with another senior, Jake Garrison, to set up a shorthanded tally by Rufa at 6:38 and 7:54 of the second period.

The Storm rallied from the 2-0 deficit as Blake Battistoni scored unassisted at 9:35 of the middle stanza and Quinn Urquhart stuffed home a rebound with 2:28 remaining in the game.

“Brandon Mullin and Gian Rufa really had a outstanding games and David Prudhomme turned in another strong game in net,” said OFA Coach Jon Frederick after Prudhomme stopped 26 shots on the night.

McQuaid 6 - Islanders 0: Jarred Tallo scored a pair of unassisted goals in a four-goal second period for the Knights who also received two goals from Mate Pennington and two assists from Brian Wade. Omer Savoie and Vaugh Schmidt also scored for the Knights while Zach Pearson fashioned a 22-save shutout. Miles Kearns handled 40 shots for the Islanders (4-7-2).

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