Big 3rd period lifts Nickel Barons past Bobcats



Release Date: Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014

Big 3rd period lifts Nickel Barons past Bobcats

ELLIOT LAKE – The Sudbury Nickel Barons scored three unanswered third period goals to pull out a 5-2 victory over the Elliot Lake Bobcats in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play Sunday evening.

The hometown Bobcats notched the lone tally of the opening stanza late as Aviv Milner found the mark at 19:01.

Sudbury responded in the second with a pair of markers from Austin Veleke and Dylan Callaghan to go up 2-1 only to see James Vuillemot level the proceedings with less than three minutes to go in the middle frame.

Bradley Bell then notched the game-winner with 13:52 to go in regulation to put the Nickel Barons up for good.

Ryan Punkari added some insurance midway through the third while August Jarecki iced it with an empty netter in the late going to round out the scoring.

Jarecki and Punkari both added two assists apiece for three-point nights for Sudbury.

Andrew Lefebvre finished the contest with 32 saves to register the victory for the visitors with Alex Bitsakis seeing 36 shots in a losing cause for the Bobcats.

NOJHL action resumes Monday as the North Bay Trappers entertain the Abitibi Eskimos in a 7 p.m. start at West Ferris Arena.