NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Eskimos and Nickel Barons win in dramatic fashion
SUDBURY – A pair of dramatic endings in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Wednesday evening saw the Abitibi Eskimos strike late to edge the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 4-3 while the Sudbury Nickel Barons connected in double overtime to upend the North Bay Trappers 6-5.
ABITIBI ESKIMOS 4 KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS 3 – Brady Clouthier’s second goal of the game with just 19 seconds remaining lifted the Eskimos to their ninth straight victory on Jus Jordan Arena ice.
Abitibi jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period of play getting tallies from Brenden Locke and Clouthier.
They extended their cushion to three as Ryan Wildman connected at 3:38 in the stanza.
Andrew Bertrand then got the Gold Miners on the board four minutes later to make it a 3-1 game after 40 minutes.
Power play markers two minutes apart in the final frame helped the Gold Miners pull even as Ethan Strong and Samuel Wilbur both found the back of the net on Abitibi netminder Brody Wagner.
With the game appearing that overtime would be required Clouthier supplied the late-game heroics to pull out the Eskimos’ victory.
Landon Hiebert added two assists to aid Abitibi’s offensive cause.
Wagner made 29 saves to record the win while Jeremy Pominville faced 31 shots in a losing cause for Kirkland Lake.
SUDBURY NICKLE BARONS 6 NORTH BAY TRAPPERS 5 (2OT) – Josh Moore was the double OT hero for Sudbury as his second goal of the night helped the Nickel Barons rally to beat the visiting Nickel Barons at McClelland Arena.
It was North Bay who snagged a 2-0 lead after the opening stanza thanks to efforts provide by Chance Thomas and Tyler Broderson.
The Nickel Barons responded in the middle session with three markers of their own to go on top 3-2 with Giovanni Foschia, Jimmy Roy and Justin Bell supplying the tallies for Sudbury.
Thomas Hamilton then levelled the proceedings before the second period was complete to knot the score at 3-3.
Early in the third two quick shots by Ryan Demyen 11 seconds apart in the first minute put North Bay up a pair.
Moore then started Sudbury’s comeback at 3:50 of the stanza and Roy forced OT as he potted the equalizer while his side was shorthanded with 4:16 left in regulation.
After a scoreless first five-minute extra session Moore won it on an assist by Nickel Barons’ goalkeeper Andrew Lefebvre 1:59 into the second OT.
Duane Wainman had his second straight three-assist game for North Bay with Guillaume Rheault and Kyle Franzen adding two helpers apiece for the winners.
Lefebvre also turned aside 32 pucks to register the triumph for Sudbury while Dustin Hummel helped the Trappers pick-up a point despite the setback on an evening that saw him face 43 shots overall.