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OFA gains Key division II win

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OFA’s home hockey contest with Malone was the only contest which survived a massive whiteout of sports across the Northern Athletic Conference on Wednesday.

OFA’s smooth sophomore David Prudhomme and Malone’s phenomenial eighth grader Joey Brown flashed enough larcenous leather in goal to amass enough highlights to supply a full schedule of action.

In the end Malone couldn’t get enough shots on Prudhomme and couldn’t keep enough bodies around sleek forward Brandon Mullin who netted a hat trick as the Blue Devils gained a 4-2 victory in a NAC Division II matchup.

A victory which lifted OFA to 8-2-1 and within one point of 9-1-0 St. Lawrence Central in the Division II race. Malone dropped to 3-7-1 in NAC action but not before showing the ability to be a tough draw in the upcoming Section 10 Tournament.

After stopping 17 shots in the first period, Brown fashioned a 39-save effort while Prudhomme (23 saves) stopped all 11 Malone shots in a third period where OFA erased 2-1 deficit with three unanswered goals. Both goalies made their best saves snatching pucks with their gloves

“Both goalies made great saves all night. In the first period, we had 17 shots on goal but Dave Prudhomme had to make two monster saves early or we could have been down 2-0. That is the kind of game it was and we could have another one like that on Wednesday when we host TI-Alex Bay,” said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.

“Their goalie made monster saves all night but Brandon Mullin scored three great goals. I was really happy the way our line combination of Andrew Roddy, Nolan Rufa, Isac Sovie and Austin Putman worked so hard whenever they were called upon.”

Mullin’s first two goals came on sweeping one-on-one backhand moves against Brown to complete rushes through traffic. Rushes which came in answer to Prudhomme thwarting Malone break-aways.

Defenseman Gian Rufa assisted both tallies.

The first created a 1-0 lead at 8:59 of the first period and Zach Barr also picked up an assist on Mullin’s second goal which tied the score at 2-2 at 1:17 of the third period.

Malone took a 2-1 lead with a pair of opportunistic goals in the second period. Tucker Bartenslager tucked the puck behind Prudhomme from close range at 2:07 with Logan Harris assisting and Kelsey Head coverted a clear power play wrist shot from the right slot 1:20 later with Tanner Studlack and Cameron Daniels assisting.

Mullin completed his hat trick and netted the eventual game-winner, and his 15th goal of the season, at 2:41 of the third period with a sharp-angle shot in a scramble off a pass from Jake Garrison.

OFA’s third goal of the third period, which featured 15 penalties, came with emphasis when defenseman Burke Comeau rocketed a slap shot into the net at 10:00. Garrison picked up his team-high 15th assist on the play and Isac Sovie also figured in the setup.

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