NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014
5-point night for Robichaud as Eskimos blast Trappers 8-1
IROQUOIS FALLS – The Abitibi Eskimos combined for seven unanswered goals in the final two periods as they blasted the North Bay Trappers 8-1 Tuesday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at Jus Jordan Arena.
It was a tightly contested opening stanza with each side scoring once with Ryan Wildman striking shorthanded for Abitibi at 13:34 and Eric Champagne countering for the North Bay, on the power play, two minutes later.
The second session was all Eskimos as they found the back of the net four times, including three with the man advantage, to take control.
Erik Robichaud notched the game-winner just over a minute into the second with Abitibi notching three more during a five-minute power play on efforts by Robichaud, Ryan Tront and Zach Innes.
The home side then put the game away in the closing frame getting a pair of tallies from Brenden Locke as well as one last one from Robichaud late to finish off a hat-trick.
Robichaud also doled out a pair of assists in the romp for a five-point evening while Jamey Lauzon and Brennen Roy also had a couple of helpers apiece for the winning side.
Sylvain Miron made 22 stops to record the victory for third place Abitibi, who improved to 28-20-0-3 on the season.
Evan Cormier allowed seven against in just over 42 minutes of work in the North Bay net as the seventh place Trappers fell to 15-28-0-5. Lucas Paulsen stopped nine of 10 in relief.
NOJHL play resumes Wednesday as the Sudbury Nickel Barons entertain the Blind River Beavers in a 7:30 p.m. start at McClelland Arena.