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Raiders goalie stymies OFA in hectic finale

Jan. 6—The standing room only crowd at the Edgar Newell Golden Dome, on Friday, provided an atmosphere reminiscent of a time when OFA and Massena travelled up and down Route 37 along the St. Lawrence River staging intense and physical NAC Division I rivalry games.

The Blue Devils now play in the Division II ranks but the rivalry remains in an era when parity links the two divisions.

On Friday the visiting Raiders opened a 2-0 lead on an evening which featured any number of jarring body checks and climaxed with goaltender Jakee Linsted making 18 of his 43 saves in the third period to hold off the Devils for 2-1 win.

OFA, which scored its only goal on a power play with 3:06 remaining in the second period, mounted a relentless all-out attack posture in the final two minutes of regular including a two-man advantage when the Devil coaches pulled goalie Ty Jacobs and the Raiders drew a penalty.

Jacobs turned aside 23 saves in a solid outing in goal for OFA.

"We put ourselves in a hole falling behind 2-0 early in the second period but we fought back very hard. We have had trouble scoring this season but their goalie did what he had to do in a great third period," said OFA Coach Jon Frederick after the latest in a series of outstanding goaltending performances which have been fashioned at the dome this season.

"Our league has been unpredictable this season. On any given night, the team what brings it on every shift can win."

Camron Francis opened the scoring for Massena when he knocked home a rebound in a sequence where Brennan Aldous and Drew Smutz drew assists with 2:13 left in the first period. Defenseman Ryder Sunday doubled the Raider lead when he rifled home a hard shot unassisted just 1:12 into the second period.

The Blue Devils got on the board with 3:06 left in the middle frame when Haydin McDonald notched a power play tally set up by Laughlin O'Donnell and Lorenzo Rand.