NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
Blind River gets back into win column
SUDBURY – A new era in the history of the Blind River Beavers paid immediate dividends as they skated to a 5-2 victory over the Sudbury Nickel Barons in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play Wednesday at McClelland Arena.
In their first game with new head coach Don Gagnon and assistant Dennis Bolton behind the bench the Beavers put the brakes on a 13-game winless drought in the triumph over Sudbury.
Blind River jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one period of play getting tallies from Liam Finn and Jake Zarzycki with Martin Jolicoeur countering for the Nickel Barons.
The visitors then extended their cushion to 4-2 after 40 minutes thanks to markers from Trevor Simonick and newly acquired forward Derrek Battagin with that duo also providing two assists apiece on the night.
Affiliate Denver Ghent notched the other goal for Sudbury in the middle session.
Scott Marshall then added some insurance 7:23 into the third to round out the scoring.
Dylan Knox was solid in net for Blind River making 40 saves to record the win for the Beavers as they improved to 5-21-0-1.
Michael Muzyka faced 33 shots in the loss for Sudbury who slipped to 7-14-0-4.
NOJHL action resumes Thursday as the Beavers head to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the first place Thunderbirds in a 7:30 p.m. start at Essar Centre.