Max Khull scores 3 as Blind River skates past Elliot Lake

ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – Max Khull of the Blind River Beavers collected his third career Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League hat trick Friday to lead his club to a 7-2 win over the Elliot Lake Wildcats at Centennial Arena.

Elliot Lake did get off to a good start in the contest as Clark Allair staked his side to the early lead.

Answering back, Blind River drew level midway through the first period on Jordan Kreller’s initial marker of the campaign before Jack Sampson put the Beavers up 2-1 late in the frame.

Josh Norman put the visitors up by two at 3:11 of the session, which they carried into the middle stanza.

The visitors would pick-up three unanswered goals in that second period to go up 5-1 after 40 minutes on tallies by Josh Norman, Khull and Caleb Serre.

After the Wildcats’ William Bucsis connected on the power play 72 seconds into the third to bring the home side to within three, Khull secured the road win for the Beavers as he tacked on two more in rapid succession to finish off the night’s scoring.

Owen Robinson dished out two assists to aid the Blind River offensive cause.

Garret Boyonoski made 43 saves to post the win for the Beavers.

Logan Sawka started for the Wildcats and suffered the loss allowing five on 23 shots against.

Allan Menary meanwhile handled 17 of 19 in over 26 minutes of relief.

Photo credit: Joanne Grise