Drama permeated throughout the championship game of the 31st Annual Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Hockey Tournament on Saturday at OFAs Edgar Newell Memorial Golden Dome.
Except when it came time to select the Most Valuable Player. OFAs sophomore goaltender Dave Prudhomme made that announcement academic by stopping 46 shots, including two in the shootout, which gave the Blue Devils an emotional tournament title after a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime with McQuaid Jesuit of Rochester.
In its first appearance in the tournament, McQuaid had a very significant attachment to the events history.
Pat Wade, the brother of the late Brian Wade Jr., serves as an assistant coach for McQuaid and his son Brian Patrick Wade is a senior assistant captain for the Knights. Wade was named after Brian Wade Jr. and attended the tournament with his father many times while growing into a player who has done his namesake and his family proud.
After the overtime I asked Al (McQuaid Coach Al Vyverberg)if he wanted to call it a tie and share first place. He said there had to be winner. So we decided on a shootout where three players on each team would shoot, said OFA Coach Jon Frederick who related that Prudhomme endorsed the decision.
Dave came over to Matt (Associate Coach Matt Morley) and said that he was really feeling in the zone and he wanted to play the shootout.
And in the zone he was as witnessed by three larcenous saves in a spell-binding scramble in the final 20 seconds of overtime.
In the shootout he blocked the first McQuaid shooter and made a glove save on the second.
The Devils secured the tournament title as Jon Tayler lifted a wrist shot just under the crossbar and Jake Garrison buried a hard shot past McQuaid keeper Brian Kick who finished with 21 saves on the day.
Jake Garrison just rifled it, he wasnt going to use any finesse, said Frederick after 7-3-2 OFA, which is ranked 12th in the latest New York D2 Poll, extended its unbeaten streak to seven games in the entertaining draw with the 11-3-1 Knights who stood 12th in the Division I rankings.
Right now the main key for us is confidence, said Associate Coach Morley.
Prudhomme felt that the tournament title should be a big boost to that confidence as the Devils enter the home stretch of the Northern Conference D2 race in a trip to Malone on Monday afternoon.
Its always great to win your own tournament. I really felt good today and the guys did a great job keeping it clear of front of me so I was seeing the puck very well, said Prudhomme who bettered his sparkling save percentage which stood at .931 at the start of the game.The team is really playing well right now and everyone is working very hard every day.
Hard work on the forecheck produced a 1-0 lead for OFA at 6:15 of the first period. Brandon Mullin, who entered the game sharing the NAC lead with 12 goals, stole the puck behind the McQuaid net and scored on a lightning quick wrap-around.
The lead stood until 4:57 of the third period when Michael Capicotto netted a power tally with a one-timer in front of the net off assists from forward Nate Pennington and defenseman Jared Tallo who made dynamic rushes throughout the contest.
Mullin, Tallo and Pennington were all named to the All-Tournament Team along with Devil defenseman Gian Rufa.
Rounding out the team were Kyle Delaney of the TI-Alexandria Islanders and Bradley Shumway of Saranac Lake. The Islanders (5-7-2) nipped the Red Storm (3-5-2) 3-2 in Saturdays first game.
NOTE: The players, coaches and parents of McQuaid enjoyed their first visit to Ogdensburg. On Saturday they received a tour of the OFA campus by Athletic Director Tony Bjork and were hosted by Brian and Kathy Wade at the White Gate Hill in a brunch for 55.
Islanders 3 - SL 2: Zach Walti scored from Cam Morgan with 58 seconds to play as the Islanders handed the Red Storm their second one-goal loss of the tournament. Delaney and Sean Shepard also scored for the Islanders while Grant Struck scored two goals for the gritty Red Storm who only had 10 skaters available because of illness. Evan Dier, Nick McCabe, Can Morgan, Chris Spicer and Bradley Shumway picked up assists for Saranac Lake.
Miles Kearns stopped 20 saves in the win and Justin Farmer handled 26 shots for Saranac Lake.
SLC 7, Tupper Lake 0: St. Lawrence Central lifted its NAC Division II leading record to 8-1, posting a 7-0 shutout over Tupper Lake where Nate McLaughlin (9) and Nate Burnett (3) combined on a 12-save shutout. Devin Euto led the Larries offense with two goals and one assist and Lucas Arquiett, Nate Stickney and Cody Kocsis each tallied one goal with one assist.
Ian Lynch, Styles Arquiett and Nick Kowolchuck all netted single tallies and Blake Baldwin passed out two assists. Jacob Sutton, Eric Lynch, Luke Peets and Owen Houle all passed out one assist.
Fayetteville-Manlius 3 - Canton 2 OT: Trevor Chase completed a three-goal hat trick in overtime as F-M erased 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the victory over Canton. Tanner Sanderson and Zach James scored the Canton goals off assists from E.J. Curtis, Matt Mende, Gage Emerson and Garrett Glasgow.
Jake Watson stopped 26 shots for Canton and F-Ms Badger handled 29 shots.
Malone 6 - Plattsburgh 5 OT: Trevor Henderson netted an overtime game-winner for Malone after the Hornets erased a two-goal deficit in the third period. Trevor Cooley, Shawn Mulverhill and Henderson all delivered one goal and one assist for the Huskies who received 33 saves from Joey Brown.