Norwood-Norfolk rallied to gain a regular season sweep over Division II leading OFA while Division I leading Potsdam Central remained undefeated in the NAC with a convincing win on the road over the Islanders in the only two boys hockey games slated for Friday.
N-N 2, OFA 1: This was just a good high school hockey game, said coach Paul Durant after the Icemen overcame an early deficit with a pair of third-period goals by senior A.J. Doran to claim the hard-fought decision over the Blue Devils at Dominic Zappia Arena.
Jake Garrison opened the scoring with a power play goal set up by Joe Giglio just 5:00 into the game. The lead held up until Doran one-timed a pass from behind the goal by Kyle Bent into the back of the net 2:35 into the third period. The Icemen then took the lead with 7:00 left in regulation when a backhand shot toward goal by Doran found its way home through a collision of OFA players in the crease. Troy Kovach and Tristan Harvey drew assists on the eventual game-winner.
The Blue Devils pressed for the equalizer throughout the final frame where they outshot the Icemen 11-4 but were unable to get another puck past sophomore Brandon Richards, who finished with 26 saves backstopping the win.
Brandon really stood tall for us tonight, especially in the third period, noted coach Durant. This was just a nice win for us all around.
David Prudhomme handled 28 shots working the OFA (8-4-2, 7-2-1) crease.
The Icemen (8-6-1, 6-4) are slated to host Canton next Wednesday starting at 7 p.m.
Potsdam 6, Islanders 0: In Clayton, the Sandstoners broke open a close game with three goals in less than five minutes in the second period en route to raising their NAC Division I record to 6-0 and overall mark to 10-4.
Robbie Scott got the only goal the Sandstoners would need with 7:38 left in the first period assisted by Ryan McDonald and Chad Varney. Brandon Noble and Trevor Keleher quickly added to the Potsdam total with goals just nine seconds apart five minutes into the second period. Courson Green, an eighth-grader, made it 4-0 with 4:24 left in the middle frame before Keleher closed out the scoring and completed his hattrick with back-to-back goals 17 seconds and 2:54 into the third period.
Scott finished with three assists to go along with his game-winner. Green also recorded a solo assist along with Josh Sanchez and Mark Maroney.
Senior Devin Crary made 12 saves through the first half of the game between the pipes for Potsdam before giving way to freshman Jake Crary, who turned aside the four shots he faced the rest of the way in preserving the combined shutout. Cole James had 30 stops through the first two periods for the Islanders (4-8-1, 2-8-1) while Miles Kearns posted another four in the third.
The Sandstoners return to action this afternoon when they travel to the Malone Civic Center to take on Franklin Academy starting at 1 p.m.