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MASSENA - A Wounded Warriors tribute to the military was held on Saturday at the Massena Arena as Massena Central hosted OFA in NAC interdivisional hockey action on Saturday.

After Massena (3-0 NAC) surged back from a 2-1 deficit to secure a 5-2 victory and remain unbeaten in conference play, OFA Coach Jon Frederick credited goaltender Dave Prudhomme (42 saves) and the Blue Devils (3-3 NAC) as a team for a warrior-like effort.

“We played extremely hard against one of the better teams in the state. Dave Prudhomme played out of his mind in goal with 42 saves, we never quit and we took a 2-1 lead playing an excellent second period,” said Frederick.

“But their depth was just too much. They just keep throwing those four good lines at you. We just got tired in the third period.”

Jared Barr and Zach Barr scored goals four minutes apart in the second period as the Devils answered a first period tally by the Raiders’ Wyatt Wilmshurst from Ryan Thomas.Barr scored from Jon Tayler and Zach Barr and Tayler and Andrew Roddy combined to set up Zach Barr’s power play goal.

Maddox Merry sparked the Massena comeback setting up Devon Page for a tying goal late in the second period and then scoring the eventual game-winner from Blair and Zach Kozsan 3:21 into the third period.

The Raiders pulled away as Patrick Manning picked up a goal and set up a Tyler Young tally and Dylan Stone, Jordan Robert ad Evan Kassian drew assists.Connor Paquin handled 14 shots for Massena.

“This game should build our confidence for a key Division II home game against Norwood-Norfolk on Saturday,” said Frederick.

Massena Coach Mike Trimboli credited his team for an outstanding third period and related that the goal of his team was to execute “its potential for three periods.”

“It is all a process and I fully believe that we have the potential to play with any team in the team in the state,” said Trimboli.

“Their goalie, Dave Prudhomme, was the difference for them but we just kept it.”

Trimboli also thanked the Massena and Ogdensburg communities for supporting the Wounded Warriors Initiative.

“I don’t know how much money we raised but it was a great outpouring of support. This was our community service game and I am very happy that the team chose to support the Wounded Warriors Initiative,” he said.

OTHER NAC ACTION

In other NAC hockey Plattsburgh High scored three goals in the last five minutes to nip St. Lawrence Central 6-5 in the championship game of the Alexandria Bay-Thouslands Tournament. The Islanders downed Rye 4-1 in the consolation game.Bellows Free Academy downed Canton 3-0, West Gennesee bested Potsdam 6-2 and Saranac Central topped Tupper Lake 5-3.

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