Despite being outshot 28-9, OFA did a very creditable job staying in contention with Kenmore East of Section 6 for two-periods of a nonleague hockey game at the Edgar Newell Memorial Golden Dome on Sunday afternoon.
Goaltender Dave Prudhomme made 25 saves in the first 30 minutes, the Blue Devils reorganized after the Bulldogs scored two goals 2:32 apart at the end of the first period and Jon Taylers unassisted power play goal made it a one-goal game at 2-1 with 3:32 remaining in the middle stanza.
Trevor Pray, who would produce three goals and two assists on the day, answered 2:12 later with a rebound conversion which would serve as a prelude for the third period where the 2-0 Bulldogs struck for six unanswered goals to register a 9-1 victory.
They (Kenmore East) are a very good skating team and we just didnt skate well enough. We just ran around too much in our own end of the ice, said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.
But we did do a pretty job staying in the game until the third period.
A third period where goaltender Prudhomme upped his save total 29 before the Devil coaches inserted sophomore Adam Bouchey between the pipes in the final seven minutes for his first varsity action. Robert McNamara also delivered three goals and two assists for the Bulldogs who nipped Salmon River 3-2 on Friday to start a very productive North Country tour according to KE Coach Kyle Perry.
We played Salmon River on Friday, played mini games against three teams at the Salmon River scrimmage carnival on Saturday and last night we went to Lake Placid, he said.
We are pretty young so it was a very good weekend for us.
Pray and McNamara scored in the first period for KE which also received single goals from David Christopher, Brandon Smith and J.P. Giordano. David Hazelet passed out three assists in support of goaltender Alec Zier who finished with 11 saves.
OFA (1-1) will open NAC play on Dec. 3 with a Division II game at Malone.
The Devils will be looking to start a repeat of last season where they suffered a one-sided Sunday loss to Kenmore East and then went on a 10-game winning streak.
In another nonleague game played on Friday Grand Island nipped St. Lawrence Central 5-4 in overtime.