Nickel Barons take regular season finale



Release Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

Nickel Barons take regular season finale

SUDBURY – The Sudbury Nickel Barons trio of Jimmy Roy, Jacob Bonin and Eric Champagne combined for nine points to help lead them to a 8-3 victory over the Blind River Beavers Monday in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s regular season finale at McClelland Arena.

Despite holding an 18-8 edge in shots after one period of play the contest was tied at 1-1 through the frame with Roy opening the scoring at 7:09 before the visitors’ Andrew Trowbridge notched the equalizer just over 10 minutes later.

Sudbury went back on top at 6:18 of the middle session thanks to affiliate Tyler Brisson only to see Chris Ordoobadi level the proceedings for the Beavers once again at 9:06.

The Nickel Barons would however tack on two more before the period was out to go up a pair after 40 minutes on efforts from Roy and Brisson.

The home side came out firing in their third and added three more to make it 7-2 on tallies off the sticks of Jackson Gunner, Ned Simpson and Brett Whitehead.

Ordoobadi’s second of the night at 16:04 brought Blind River closer, but the Nickel Barons’ A.P. Eric Paquette answered that 51 seconds later.

Chris Hrabec added one in the final minute for the Beavers to round out the scoring.

In all, 12 different Sudbury skaters picked up point on the night.

Nickel Barons affiliate goaltender faced 23 shots in his NOJHL debut and recorded his first win in the league.

Braddock Baalerud was peppered with 63 shots in a losing cause for Blind River.

Both clubs will now gear-up to commence postseason as the Beavers visit the John Rhodes Community Centre Thursday to meet the Soo Thunderbirds in game 1 of one West Division semifinal.

Meanwhile Sudbury heads to Centennial Arena in Elliot Lake Friday for their best-of-seven series opener vs. the Elliot Lake Wildcats.