NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015
Elliot Lake swamps Blind River
ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – The Elliot Lake Wildcats rode the strength of a four-goal first period goals and six special teams markers overall to swamp the Blind River Beavers 10-1 Sunday evening in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up at Centennial Arena.
The Wildcats came out quickly getting the game’s opening tally 84 seconds in on a Cole Hepler effort.
Curtis Rawn then connected on an Elliot Lake power play midway through the session to put the hosts up by two.
They kept coming and made it 3-0 at 12:35 courtesy of Ryan Hackett.
Hepler, who now has points in five straight outings, tapped in his second of the stanza and 13th of the campaign via a man advantage effort with just over two minutes remaining.
Blind River opted to replace starter Matt Blattenger to begin the second period in favour of Tyler Ryan, but the Wildcats greeted him with a Spencer MacLean power play goal that came at 10:44.
Elliot Lake added one more before the frame was complete as Chad Lopez notched his seventh of the season while extending a consecutive game point streak to four in the process.
The romp continued 48 seconds into the third as MacLean picked up his second of the evening, 16th overall and fifth point with the club’s fourth power play goal of the night.
Matthew Colunga added an even strength effort at 2:26 while Hepler finished off a hat trick, as part of a five-point night, with man advantage effort number five in the contest four minutes later.
Ty Hannaford then supplied a shorthanded marker for Elliot Lake as they reached double digits.
Blind River did put an end to Aaran Mackay’s bid for his third shutout of the season with 5:37 to go as Ted Davis struck shorthanded for the Beavers to round out the night’s scoring.
Eight different Wildcats had multiple points in the one-sided decision.
Mackay finished with 15 saves in picking up the win.
Blattenberger and Ryan combined to face 62 attempts in defeat for Blind River.