Eskimos top Bobcats 7-4 in NOJHL play



Release Date: Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

Eskimos top Bobcats 7-4

IROQUOIS FALLS – The Abitibi Eskimos got two goals apiece from Richard Therrien and Ben Miller to help lead them to a 7-4 triumph over the Elliot Lake Bobcats Saturday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play at Jus Jordan Arena.

Abitibi stormed out to a 3-0 lead by the 15-minute mark of the opening period on goals by Therrien, Miller and Ryan Wildman.

Nicholas Tassone put the Bobcats on the board late in the stanza with a power play effort beating Eskimos starter Etienne Roy with 30 seconds remaining in the session.

A pair of quick strikes by Peter Poulin-Roy and Ryan Kerr made it a 5-1 game before Kyle Salmon struck back with two man advantage markers to pull Elliot Lake to within two heading to the final frame.

Abitibi then put the game away in the third tacking on tallies by Miller and Therrien midway through the stanza to put the game away before Henry Berger tacked one on late in regulation to round out the scoring.

Wildman and Kevin Walker dished out two assists apiece to aid the Eskimos offensive cause while Steve Gaul had a pair of helpers for the Bobcats who notched all four of their tallies on the power play.

Roy made 36 saves register the victory helping his club improve to 5-10-0-1. Elliot Lake fell to 3-13-0-1 in defeat with Cory Simic suffering the loss allowing five goals before giving way to Thomas Graham who gave up two in nearly 36 minutes of relief. The duo combined to face 36 shots in the setback.

NOJHL action resumes Sunday as Abitibi travel to North Bay to take on the Trappers in a 5 p.m. start at Memorial Gardens.