NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Bobcats upend Trappers in OT and Eskimos double up Beavers
SUDBURY – A pair of Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League contests Saturday saw the Elliot Lake Bobcats edge the North Bay Trappers 4-3 in overtime while the Abitibi Eskimos piled up an 8-4 victory over the Blind River Beavers.
ELLIOT LAKE BOBCATS 4 NORTH BAY TRAPPERS 3 (OT) – A Dustin Cordeiro goal 1:57 into overtime was the difference as the hometown Bobcats slipped past the visiting Trappers at Centennial Arena.
Elliot Lake’s Brett Wagner had the lone tally of the opening period to put his side up a goal after 20 minutes.
The middle stanza saw North Bay’s Ryan Demyen strike twice to tie it and put North Bay up one only to see Wagner connect late in the stanza to level the proceedings after two periods of play.
Each side scored once in the third to force extra time with Aaron Carmichael scoring for the Bobcats and Jake Staples countering for the Trappers.
That would set the stage for Cordeiro to win it helping his side move into a three-way tie for second place in the league standings at 10 points with Sault Ste. Marie and Espanola.
North Bay picked up a point for a third straight time as they also skated in their sixth consecutive one-goal game.
Etienne Roy secured the victory between the pipes for the Bobcats making 23 stops on the night.
Dustin Hummel faced 46 shots for the Trappers in the OT setback.
ABITIBI ESKIMOS 8 BLIND RIVER BEAVERS 4 – At Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls the Eskimos erupted for five first period goals and never trailed en route to the triumph over Blind River.
Five different skaters notched those efforts for Abitibi as Brenden Locke, Brady Clouthier, Zach Innes, Kevin Walker and Andrew Green all found the back out the net.
Blind River did get a couple markers of their own in the opening stanza from Tyler Shanush and Scott Marshall to cap off a seven-goal session.
The Eskimos tacked on three more in the middle frame to the Beavers’ one as Green, Steven Petitte and Shane Hiley getting on the board for the home side and Samuel Wilbur picking one up for the visitors.
Wilbur also had a power play effort in the third to wrap-up the scoring.
Sylvain Miron went the distance for Abitibi making 23 saves in net to secure the victory.
Matt Young started as saw 25 minutes of game action making 10 stops on 13 attempts while Dylan Knox suffered the defeat giving up fiver against on 14 shots in relief.
The eight goals scored by Abitibi was the most they’ve notched this season and their highest total since back on December 9th of last year when they racked up another eight-spot in an 8-5 road victory at Blind River.
The Eskimos also moved one point past the Beavers into fifth spot in the league standings with seven.
Weekly action in the NOJHL concludes Sunday with Abitibi visiting Espanola at 2 p.m. while North Bay heads to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the Thunderbirds at 3 p.m.