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CLAYTON - “We just kept plugging and plugging.”

That is how OFA Hockey Coach Jon Frederick described his team’s 2-1 overtime victory over the TI-Alex Bay Islanders in Wednesday’s NAC Division II Hockey game at the Clayton Civic Center.

And according to Frederick no player plugged harder than senior forward Jon Tayler who netted the winning goal unassisted on a backhanded shot with with 2:15 remaining in overtime.

“Jon (Tayler) missed some great chances and he was getting frustrated. But he kept working and scored the game-winner,” said Frederick who will have his team at home on Friday for a 6:30 p.m. faceoff with Division I opponent Potsdam which handed Norwood-Norfolk its first loss of the season in a 3-2 overtime decision.

“It was a good hockey game and a very good win on the road. We have to work hard for our goals and we stayed on course tonight. We killed off a 5-on-3 situation which was big.”

Jared Barr opened the scoring 1:55 into the game when he wheeled and dealed through heavy traffic and converted a one-on-one opportunity with Islanders’ goaltender Mike Kearns (28 saves).

The only goal allowed by OFA’s Dave Prudhomme (22 saves) came on a power play goal by Jordan VanBrocklin from Cam Morgan at 14:21 of the second period.

POTSDAM, CANTON WIN

NORFOLK - “It was a great high school hockey game. It was end to end the whole game. Both teams had a lot of good chances, Potsdam just took better advantage of their chances,” noted Icemen coach Paul Durant after his squad suffered its first loss in four games in the 3-2 thriller.

The Sandstoners struck for the first goal just 57 seconds into the second when Mason Bartell converted off an assist from Billy Bergan. The Icemen countered at the 3:12 mark when Shane Cryderman connected from Zeb Brown.

The Icemen took their only lead of the game 43 seconds into the third frame when Kaden Pickering finished off an assist from Brown. Shortly after failing to connect on a 5-on-3 power play, the Sandstoners got the equalizer with 5:29 left in regulation when Bergan scored from Cole Varney and Ford.

Ford then lifted Potsdam to the win 3:03 into the five-minute overtime when he finished a strong rush up the right wing by wristing a shot into the top left corner of the net. Josh Locey and Max Warden helped set up the game-winner.

Zach Bolt turned aside 26 shots backstopping the win while Brandon Richards made 22 saves for N-N.

Canton 5, Salmon River 3:The Bears built a 4-1 lead after two periods after Salmon River got on the board first when Cody Lazore connected from Quincy Armstrong 7:24 into the game.

The Bears (3-2, 1-0) pulled even less than two minutes later when Andrew McCormick finished off a play set up by Matt Mende and Tanner Sanderson.

The Bears used a quick scoring burst to built a 3-1 lead early in the second period as Cody Moore converted from Mike Huber and Josh Huiatt at the 1:54 mark and Zach James struck just seven seconds later from Cole Zeller. Huaitt pushed the Canton lead to 4-1 at the 12:07 mark assisted by Huber and Moore.

Nathan Smokescored for SR just 1:02 into the third period but Garrett Glasgow helped seal the win by finishing off a play set up by Sanderson and Sean Rodee at the 10:29 mark. SR’s Ronnie Boots notched an unassisted goal with 33 seconds left. Jon Stone made 25 saves backstopping the win and Jarred Jackson (15 saves) and Aidan Comins (2 saves) shared the goaltending duties for Shamrocks (3-4-1, 1-1).

TL 4, Malone 4 (OT): The Lumberjacks rallied from a 3-1 deficit and Brandon Guerette pulled the Lumberjacks event with his third goal of the game with 13 seconds left.

Garrett Kopp had 26 saves for TL while Joey Brown stopped 20 shots for Malone.

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