Athletic action on the campus of Ogdensburg Free Academy saw the boys basketball team continue its dominant run atop the NAC Central Division with a 92-22 victory over Gouverneur while the hockey team used a 3-0 victory over Malone to jump back into a suddenly wide open NAC Division II race.
GO TIME ON ICE
Its go time and this was a really big for us for getting a home berth for the playoffs, said OFA Co-Captain Zach Barr who picked up a pair of assists at the Golden Dome as Coach Jon Fredericks 7-6 team evened its NAC record at 5-5 and matched wins with Norwood-Norfolk (7-3-0) which nipped Salmon River 5-4 and St. Lawrence Central (6-3-0) which downed Tupper Lake 7-3 on Friday. (See story on page 6B).
In avenging a loss to Malone on the opening night of the season fellow co-captain Burke Comeau praised the overall effort. This was one of those games where you have to keep battling all of the time. We worked hard as a team and Dave (Dave Prudhomme) had a good game in goal like he always does, said Comeau.
After a standoff first period, the Devils broke the ice when Jared Barr scored from Zach Barr and Andrew Putman at 10:54 of the second period.
Nolan Rufa scored 33 seconds into the third period on a quick three-way connection with Austin Morley Sloan and Jordan Macauley.
Morley-Sloan converted a power play set up from Zach and Jared Barr at 4:19 of the final period.
We played a very good third period and that was great to see, said Coach Frederick.
This was a very important win.
Prudhomme handled 12 of 26 shots in the third period to deny the Huskies (5-9-1, 4-6-1 NAC) who received 25 stops from Joey Brown who handled 11 saves in the first period.
DEVILS DEFEND LEAD
We got off to a bit of a slow start just like our game last Friday. But we got our defense going and our bench gave us a lift again. Tristan Moore gave us good defense and rebounding from a guard spot, said Coach Mark Henry after the number four Class B state-ranked Devils (13-1, 10-0 NAC) erupted for 55 points over the course of the second and third quarter.
Colin Ross did a great job getting our defense started in the third quarter right at the beginning.
Kinnon LaRose delivered team highs of 25 points, three threes, nine steals and six rebounds with Ross scoring 18 points with five steals and four assists. Matt Piercey netted 12 points with four assists and Jack Manke added seven points and four rebounds.
Connor Hannan (3 assists) and Jon Rogers combined for 10 and seven points and three threes leading the scoring of the reserves.
Seth Pinkerton followed with five points, five assists and three blocks and DaKota Brady (2), Mitchel Barber (4) and Ryan Adams (2) rounded out the scoring.
Devin Cox and Jordan Chambers led Gouverneur (4-9, 1-9) with six points apiece.
NOTE: Before the game OFA co-captains Connor Hannan, Colin Ross, Matt Piercey and Kinnon LaRose presented Wildcat captains Devin Cox and Troy Gates with a $500 donation from the Blue Devils Boys and Girls Basketball programs for In the Pink Zone which is an on-going effort by Gouverneur Athletics to raise money for fighting cancer.
The OFA JVs also stayed undefeated in Central Division play posting a 62-11 win as Peyton Lalone led a free-flowing transition offense with perfectly timed passes.
Peyton Lalone symbolizes what this team is all about. Everyone is totally unselfish and gives the ball up well, said OFA Coach Scott Sargent.
Connor Badlam led the scoring with 15 points followed by Cale Sargent with nine and Will Kroeger. Avery Love netted eight points followed by Joey Dalton with six, Josh Farrar and Matt Rector with four, Lalone with three, Kevin Joanette with two and Nathaniel Dufore with one.
Connor Fenlong led Gouverneur with four points.
Massena 78, Canton 50:The visiting Raiders (10-2, 8-1) went ahead 19-9 pulled away from a 35-22 halftime lead as Dante Viskovich tallied 19 points and Zevon Viskovich and Rhoades Tarbell netted16 and 15. Louden Porter paced Canbton (7-7, 4-7) with 14 points. Scott Wight chipped in 11 followed by Evan LaPoint with seven, Eugene Hitchman with six, Mike Couglar with five, Ryan Caldwell with four and Tom Christy with three.
Potsdam 52, SLC 35: Sophomores Jack Byrnes, and Connor Prosper tossed through 10 points apiece along with junior Dequan Pitts to anchor the winning offense. Were back to playing Potsdam defense, noted coach Brooks Bigwarfe. Shane Fuentes paced SLC (2-11, 0-10) 10 points.
Malone 60, Salmon River 48:The Huskies broke away from a 26-23 halftime lead as Jordan Yando fired through 19 points in the winning effor. Kason Tarbell anchored the Salmon River offense with 13 points.