NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
NOJHL MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Blackhawks rally to clip Voodoos
POWASSAN – A Brett Ouderkirk goal with 67 seconds remaining turned out to be the game-winner as the Mattawa Balckhawks rallied for a 6-5 come from behind victory over the Powassan Voodoos Monday evening in a clean, hard-fought Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up at the Powassan Sportsplex.
The Voodoos got going early getting the game’s opening tally just over a minute into the contest thanks to Kyle Moore’s 24th marker of the season.
After Marco Luciani tied it for Mattawa at 7:15, the home side answered back with efforts from David Sherman and Brendan D’Agostino to take a 3-1 lead into the middle session.
Tanner Bowditch brought the visitors closer promptly to begin the stanza only to see D’Agostino’s second of the night at 8:57 restore Powassan’s edge to two.
Countering, Mattawa struck twice before the period was out to level the proceedings as Jimmy Philbin and Luciani knotted the score at 4-4.
Tyler Brodersen gave the Blackhawks their first lead just past the three-minute mark of the third to make it 5-4.
Ouderkirk, who had three earlier assists, then notched the eventual decider in the late going to put Mattawa up by two late as he scored into an empty net.
Powassan did get one back with five seconds to go from Nathaniel McLeod to round out the scoring.
Philbin also had three helpers and a four-point night for the Blackhawks while Luciani had three points with Nick Grose and Reed Gregory setting up two goals apiece in the win.
The Voodoos duo of Steve Harland and Garry Mindus had two assists each.
Josh Horner made 33 saves to pick up the victory for Mattawa and Matt Young faced 35 shots in defeat for Powassan.
NOJHL play continues Wednesday on two fronts as Mattawa travels to Elliot Lake to take on the Wildcats while Sudbury hosts Sault Ste. Marie in a pair of 7:30 p.m. starts.