Callaghan scores game-winner in Nickel Barons season debut


Release Date: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Callaghan scores game-winner in Nickel Barons season debut

SUDBURY – Skating in his first game Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League game this season Sudbury Nickel Barons forward Dylan Callaghan made an immediate impact by notching the game-winning tally in a 3-2 victory over the visiting North Bay Trappers Wednesday evening at McClelland Arena.

The Nickel Barons were quick to strike in this one tallying twice before the game was three and a half minutes old with Josh Moore and Jonathon Lavigne both beating North Bay netminder Dustin Hummel.

Zach Turner put the Trappers on the board at 11:41 of the stanza and he notched his team-leading fourth of the campaign eluding Sudbury starter Michael Muzyka, who was victorious in his first NOJHL start of the season.

The contest remained tight-checking the rest of the way in the opening frame as well as the middle stanza as the score stayed at 2-1 for the home side through 40 minutes of play.

Midway through the third, Callaghan playing in his opening contest of the season after attending the Sudbury Wolves training camp, found the back of the net at 10:16 to put the Barons up a pair.

Trappers captain Jake Staples pulled North Bay back to within one with 8:34 to go, but Muzyka shut the door the rest of the way making 28 saves in total helping Sudbury win their second straight improving to 2-3 overall.

It was another narrow decision that went against a young Trappers squad, who despite falling to 0-4-0-1 overall, played in their third consecutive one-goal game.

Hummel faced 43 attempts in the North Bay net in defeat.

League play continues Friday with a trio of games including these same two teams completing a home-and-home at West Ferris Arena starting at 7 p.m.

Also on tap that night sees a pair of 3-1 teams, the Soo Thunderbirds and Espanola Rivermen, tangling at Essar Centre while the first place Kirkland Lake Gold Miners look to remain unbeaten as they host the Elliot Lake Bobcats in a pair of 7:30 p.m. starts.