A early-season break-through, break-away and bounce-back were all incorporated in a sweep of the Northern Conference action by OFA over St. Lawrence on Monday.
At the Golden Dome, the OFA hockey team gained a very important recovery from an 0-2 start in NAC action by holding off St. Lawrence Central 3-2.
At the adjoining Bill Merna Court, the OFA boys basketball team reeled off a 2-0 NAC start in a 92-36 win over SLC.
The OFA Girls evened their NAC Central record to 1-1 with a 43-21 victory over the host Larries in Brasher Falls. The OFA Boys and Girls Junior Varsity Basketball teams both posted 2-0 starts on Monday.
DEVILS ICE VICTORY
A matchup of the top two teams in the NACs Division II saw the runner-up Devils open leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before denying the defending champion Larries two power play attempts in the final three minutes.
Our penalty kill was really strong tonight and it was really nice to score some goals, said OFA coach Jon Frederick citing the combination of Zach Barr, Andrew Putman, Burke Comeau, Jared Barr and Andrew Roddy.
Austin Morley-Sloan had a strong night at forward, Andrew Putman had a nice game on defense and Andrew Roddy played very well in his role as a defensive forward.
The Devils took a 2-0 lead on a pair of Jon Tayler goals at 4:48 and 7:25 of the second period after Nate Burnett of the Larries made nine of his 21 saves in the first period.
Tayler scored unassisted and created a 2-0 margin in a scramble where Comeau picked up an assist.
The Larries answered with just eight seconds remaining in the middle stanza when Lukas Arquiett scored from Kody Kocsis and Luke Peets.
Comeau restored OFAs lead to 3-1 with an unassisted goal at 7:24 of the third period and SLCs Arquiett converted from point range off a pass from Kocsis with 5:13 remaining.
Dave Prudhomme completed a solid 21-save efforts blocking a series of shots on the late SLC power plays.
Dave Prudhomme played very tough in net. Both of their goals came from right in front of the net. He had some big stops, said OFA Associate Coach Matt Morley.
DEFENSIVE TRIGGERS OFFENSE
For a second straight home game, the OFA Boys used a swarming defense to trigger an explosive first quarter as they bolted away from athletic SLC team to record a 30-6 first quarter lead.
Kinnon LaRose (7 rebounds, 6 steals, 2 assists) continued his multi-dimensional leadership hitting six of seven free throws in a 23-point effort.
Colin Ross tallied 14 points with seven steals. Jack Manke (12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) and Al Fisher (11 points, eight rebounds) formed a very productive combination in the post.
DaKota Brady and Mitchel Barber combined for seven and six points and Justin Ross netted five.
Josh White and Brodie Simonds tallied 10 and seven points for SLC, which is the reigning Section 10 Class C champions, Bradley Francis netted a pair of threes scoring six points along with Nathan Arquette.
GIRLS BOUNCE BACK
The OFA Girls evened their division record at 1-1 heading toward their home opener against Gouverneur on Friday.
Team defense was the key tonight. St. Lawrence Central plays very good basketball and we had to remain very active all of the time, said OFA Coach Lynn Blevins.
We did that and it helped us get over few bumps in the road on offense.
Riley Luckie (3 assists) and Meg Dodge (7 rebounds) provided the offensive spark combining for 19 and 15 points and Brooke Badlam (3 assists) followed with seven points.
Susie Morrow and Courtney Sherwin combined for 10 and six rebounds against the Larries who were led by Lindsay Thayer and Chelsea Savage with 12 and nine points.
OFA JVS START 2-0
Both OFA junior varsity teams noted a 2-0 start to divisional play as the Coach Scott Sargents boys team recorded a 78-31 victory and Jade Vernseys girls prevailed 43-21.
Chelsea Ravens 14 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks and eight points, five assists; seven rebounds by Kierra Johnson and six points, six rebounds and three steals by Kelsey Pinkerton led a very active outing by the JV girls.
Other solid efforts came from Alli Moore (4 points, 3 steals,), Jill Lincoln (2 points, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 2 rebounds, 3 steals) and Maggie Peo (2 points, 2 steals, 2 rebounds).
The JV boys showed excellent offensive and defensive balance. Connor Badlam netted 14 points, Peyton Lalone and Joey Dalton each scored 12 and Nate McCarney and Cale Sargent added eight.