A host of newcomers held their own, two veterans provided the goals and another veteran held the fort as the OFA Hockey team opened its season with 3-0 victory over Grand Island of Section 6 at the Edgar Newell Memorial Golden Dome arena on Friday night.
It was a very good way to open the season for us. We played a lot of guys, the older and young players mixed well and Dave Prudhomme was really tough in goal. said Frederick after Prudhomme stopped 25 shots in a shutout and Jon Tayler and Dave Middlemiss produced the goals for the Devils who netted two empty-net tallies in the final 95 seconds.
Burke Comeau and Dave Middlemiss logged a lot of time on defense and it was a good game with only seven penalties. We skated hard and so did they.
The Devils will be back on the dome ice on Sunday hosting Kenmore East, which nipped Salmon River 3-2 on Friday, in a 2 p.m. start.
Prudhomme and his defensive crew allowed a precious few rebound oppoprtunities to the Vikings who received a solid 19-save outing by goaltender Greg Nicolia.
The only goal scored when the two keepers were both on the ice came at 11:14 of the first period when Tayler passed the puck to Comeau at the blue line and then deflected the defenders slap shot into the net.
With 1:25 remaining in the game Tayler scored OFAs first empty-netter in the first shift after the Vikings pulled their goalie.
After taking a clearing pass from Jared Barr, the senior forward barged past two defenders into Grand Island ice and whipped the puck into net. Middlemiss scored with 12 seconds to play unassisted shuffling a long clear into the net.
We played a very solid game said Coach Morley.
We didnt have major lulls tonight which was very good for a first game.
Kenmore East 3 - Salmon River 2: - The visiting Bulldogs worked their way to a 3-0 lead through the first two periods before the Shamrocks use a pair of quick strikes to pull to within one in the early stages of the third. Ryan Zier with 2:08 left in the first period at the 5:31 mark of the second Alex Bluff converted off an assist from Anthony Tulipane before Marinelli struck for the third KE goal with 7:37 remaining assisted by Joey Spataro.
Tye Terrance got the Shamrocks on the board just 35 seconds into the third period assisted by Nate Smoke. Sean David made it a one-goal game 44 seconds later on a play set up by Chad George and Skklyar Thomas.
Salmon River went on to produce a 9-2 edge in shots in the final frame but were unable to generate the equalizer.
Luke Stewart went the distance working the Kenmore East crease for 19 saves while Aidan Comins handled 11 of the 14 shots he faced before freshman Jarrod Jackson came on made five more saves the rest of the way in his high school hockey debut.