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OFA loses in first round of tournament


ALEXANDRIA BAY - OFA goaltender Dave Prudhomme made 31 of his 45 saves in the first two periods of Friday night’s meeting with Watertown IHC in he first round of the Islanders’ Memorial Hockey Tournament.

But it wasn’t enough to ward off a very quick Watertown IHC team which posted a 4-1 victory to advance to today’s championship game against Norwood-Norfolk which downed the host Thousand Islanders-Alexandria Islanders 5-3 in an NAC contest.

In one other NAC game, Salmon River downed Tupper Lake 9-1.

OFA will play the Islanders in today’s 1 p.m. consolation game and host Salmon River on Tuesday.

“Watertown IHC is a very good team, very fast. They are 10-5 and doing very well in the Section III in Division I,” said OFA Jon Frederick.

“Dave Prudhomme played very well but we just didn’t ‘have one of our better games.”

The Cavaliers opened a 3-0 lead with 5:47 left in the second period led by Jared Pignone who tallied one goal and passed out two assists. Jordan Trudeau, Jake Renzi and Chandler Burgenstock also scored for the winners who received 25 saves from Cole James.

OFA’s lone goal came from Jordan Macauley who scored off a Jared Barr assist with 3:20 remaining in the game.

N-N 5, Islanders 2: The Islanders opened the scoring with 37 seconds left in the first period when Cam Morgan connected from Jordan VanBrocklin and Austin Marshall. The Icemen answered by scoring three unanswered goals in the second period starting at the 7:59 mark when Zeb Brown converted off an assist from Austin Cousineau, who made it 2-1 with a power play goal set up by Kaden Pickering with 3:17 left in the middle frame. Pickering then struck for the eventual game-winner just 18 seconds later assisted by Brandin Cousineau.

Dan Goinet cut the deficit to 3-2 at 3:12 of the third period with an unassisted goal but Austin Cousineau restored the two-goal margin three minutes later assisted by Tyler Fobare before Pickering sealed the win with an empty-net goal set up by Coby Munson with two seconds left. Kyler MacIntire turned aside 15 shots backstopping the win as the Icemen improved to 10-4 overall and 8-4 in the race for the NAC Division II title.

Miles Kearns made 43 saves for the Islanders (4-9, 2-8).

Salmon River 9 - Tupper Lake 1: Skylar Thomas generated three goals and an assist in the winning effort. Terrance finished with a goal and three assists. Ty Boots fashioned two goals along with Sean David.

Ronnie Boots wound up with a goal and two helpers and Nate Smoke handed out a pair of assists.

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