NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Friday features North Bay netminder Hummel scoring a goal
SUDBURY – A pair of Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League contests Friday saw the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners edge the Elliot Lake Bobcats 3-2 while the North Bay Trappers defeated the Espanola Rivermen 5-3, which included North Bay netminder Dustin Hummel being credited with an empty net goal in the final minute.
KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS 3 ELLIOT LAKE BOBCATS 2 – A Steven Babin goal with 6:02 remaining proved to be the difference as the hometown Gold Miners edged the visiting Bobcats.
Elliot Lake took a 1-0 lead after one period of play thanks to an Andrew Palushaj marker eight minutes into the game.
Second period power play tallies by Jeremy Picard-Fiset and Alex Hulford a couple of minutes apart in the middle session then put Kirkland Lake on top after 40 minutes.
That set the stage for Babin’s game-winner as he notched his seventh goal of the campaign and team-leading 27th point helping the second place Gold Miners improve to 12-2-0-1 on the season.
Kenny Fitzgerald made 17 stops to record the win with Alex Bitsakas facing 32 shots in a losing cause as the Bobcats slipped to 6-6-0-2 overall.
NORTH BAY TRAPPERS 5 ESPANOLA RIVERMEN 3 – A three-goal third period allowed North Bay to pull out a come from behind victory in Espanola.
Chance Thomas gave the Trappers the early lead with a man advantage marker two and a half minutes after the opening face-off.
The middle stanza saw newcomer Blake Peavey connect for a second straight game in a North Bay uniform since joining the club to put the visitors up a pair.
Espanola then struck back with a trio of tallies of their own before the second period was out to grab a 3-2 lead on efforts supplied by Jacob Walters, Byron Sam and Brandon Janke.
It was all Trappers in the final frame however as they completed the road triumph.
After Tyler Broderson tied it at 5:31, Anthony Postiglione buried the game-winner midway through the session before North Bay goaltender Dustin Hummel got the credit for an unassisted empty net effort with 31 seconds to play.
It’s the second goal in as many seasons by a Trappers netminder.
The 2013 postseason saw Hummel’s goaltending partner, Greg Dodds, score into an empty net in a playoff victory over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.
Hummel also made 21 saves to record the win while Alex Terriault saw 28 pucks in a losing cause