North Bay and Elliot Lake post Friday night victories



Release Date: Friday, Oct. 5, 2012

North Bay and Elliot Lake post Friday night victories

SUDBURY, Ont. – It was a night for the home teams in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Friday as the North Bay Trappers and Elliot Lake Bobcats posted victories.

NORTH BAY TRAPPERS 5 KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS 1 – Greg Dodds turned aside all but one of the 31 shots he faced to help backstop the Trappers to the home ice victory over the visiting Gold Miners.

North Bay jumped out to a two-goal lead after one period with Justin Schneeberger and Samuel Blanchet finding the back of the net on Kirkland Lake starter Chris Komma.

Tait Seguin’s shorthanded effort midway through the contest extended the Trappers lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes.

North Bay got markers from Trevor Hunt and Brandon Janke in the final frame to put the outcome no longer in doubt, but Tanner Lafrance, on the power play, dashed Dodds’ shutout bid with 2:36 remaining to wrap-up the night’s scoring.

Komma suffered the loss allowing three goals on 14 shots before being replaced by Bryden Daoust after Seguin’s second period man-down marker.

Daoust finished up with 20 saves in relief.

Brad Edwards and Corbin Bean dished out a pair of assists apiece to aid the offensive cause for North Bay.

With the victory the CJHL No. 12-ranked Trappers improved 6-0-1-1 having yet to lose in regulation play this season. The Gold Miners slipped to 4-4-0-1 with the setback.

ELLIOT LAKE BOBCATS 6 ABITIBI ESKIMOS 2 – Steve Gaul and Daniel Carter both tallied twice to help pace the Bobcats to the triumph at Centennial Arena.

Gaul put the Bobcats on their way 3:48 into the contest with the lone goal in the opening frame.

A flurry of offensive activity in the middle session saw the two sides combine for seven tallies, including five by Elliot Lake.

Markers nine seconds apart by Gaul and Coty Thomas made it 3-0 before Abitibi’s Richard Therrien power play effort just past the midway mark of the contest put the Eskimos on the board.

Special teams however sent the Bobcats on their way with Carter striking shorthanded and on the power play to make it 5-1 by 16:42 of the second.

Late efforts by Abitibi’s Ben Miller and Brad Holman wrapped up the offensive barrage in the period to conclude the night’s scoring.

Cory Simic picked up the win in the Bobcats’ net stopping 32 of 34 shots he faced.

Marc Audet was peppered with 46 pucks in suffering the loss for the Eskimos.

With the victory Elliot Lake moves past Abitibi into sixth spot in the NOJHL standings improving to 2-6 on the year while the Eskies dipped to 1-5-0-1.

A trio of 7:30 p.m. tilts are on the NOJHL slate Saturday with Abitibi at Blind River, Sudbury heading to Kirkland Lake while Elliot Lake hosts Sault Ste. Marie.