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McQuaid takes care of business at Wade Tournament


The McQuaid Jesuit Knights enjoyed an outstanding 2012-13 hockey season.

But there were two disappointing loses.

They lost to host OFA in the championship game of the Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Tournament and they lost to Saratoga in the New York State Division I Championship Game.

Pat Wade, the brother of the late Brian Wade Jr., is an assistant coach for McQuaid and in the summer members of the team made tee shirts for the current campaign emblazoned “Unfinished Business.”

The 14-1-1 and number two state-ranked Knights took care of business on Friday and Saturday as they won the 2014 Brian Wade Jr. Memorial Tournament at the Edgar Newell Memorial Golden Dome arena and outscored their opponents 15-2.

After defeating Baldwinsville 7-1 on Friday the Knights broke away from a 2-1 lead against Saranac Lake late in the second period and cruised to an 8-1 championship game win.

OFA rebounded from a 1-0 loss to Saranac Lake on Friday to claim a 2-1 win over Baldwinsville in Saturday’s consolation game.

“This was an important tournament for the guys because they wanted to win after losing the finals last year and they definitely wanted to win it for Pat (McQuaid Assistant Coach Pat Wade),” said McQuaid Coach Al Vyverberg.

“Over the summer they made shirts saying “Unfinished Business”. This is a really good group which works very hard. We aren’t taking anything for granted because it is really hard to get out of our section but they are shooting for a return to the state finals.”

McQuaid forward Jack Dugan was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament and was joined on the all-star squad by teammate Mike Campbell, a defenseman. Also honored was the OFA duo of defenseman David Middlemiss and goalie Dave Prudhomme, Saranac Lake goaltender Blake Darrah and Baldwinsville forward Mike Schneid.

McQuaid 8 - Saranac Lake 1: The Knights tallied three power play goals and one shorthander in pulling away despite the combined 41 saves of Darrah (29 in 2 periods) and Tanner Couvcelle (12 saves, 1 period). Saranac Lake’s David Cluckey scored from Chris Spicer at 9:20 of the second period to create a 2-1 game but it proved to be a short-lived rally.

McQuaid’s Christian Leonardi (1 goal, 2 assists) scored 36 seconds later and Dugan (1 goal, 2 assists) and Michael Campbell (2 goals, 3 assists) scored to give the Knights a 5-1 lead for the third period.

Michael Capicotto scored twice in the third period to complete a bountiful three goal, three assist outing and Austin Nasca netted the final goal of the game.

Tim Brei stopped 15 shots for the goaltending win.

OFA 2- Baldwinsville 1: “We played a much more complete game today, than we did last night,” said OFA Coach Jon Frederick.

“A lot of people stepped forward which made picking all-tournament awards tough. We played well as a team which was great to see because we have a big game at home with Salmon River on Wednesday.”

Nolan Rufa assisted on goals in the first and second period for the Devils and Dave Prudhomme (15 saves) stood firm in goal after the Bees’ James Pelcher scored a short-handed goal from Luke McCaffrey and Mike Schneid at 4:50 of the third period. Austin Putman gave the Devils at 1-0 lead at 4:45 of the first period with a power play tally off assists from Rufa and Andrew Roddy. The eventual game-winner saw Mark Morrow score from Rufa and Jared Barr at 5:08 of the second period.

Matt Sabourin finished with 18 saves for Baldwinsville which included Ogdensburg’s Glenn McCaffrey on its coaching staff.

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