Offensive production on display Saturday



Release Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

Offensive production on display Saturday

SUDBURY – Two games in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Saturday evening saw one turn into a high-scoring affair while the other saw a club extend a winning streak.

SOO THUNDERBIRDS 10 ABITIBI ESKIMOS 6 – The second highest scoring game in the NOJHL so far this season saw the visiting Thunderbirds erupt for five third period goals in reach double digits for the second time in the 2012-13 campaign.

The most goals scored in a contest this season is 17 when the Eskimos outlasted Blind River 9-8 back on Oct. 20.

Meanwhile the Thunderbirds first encounter with 10 goals scored was Oct. 27 in a 10-1 drubbing of Sudbury.

Leading the way offensively for Sault Ste. Marie was the trio of Matthew Zalewski, Greg Sartoretto and Darcy Casola with each racked up four points apiece on the night.

Zalewski lit the lamp three times and added an assist while Sartoretto tallied twice and set-up two others and Casola dishing out four helpers.

Yan Kalashnikov, Anthony Miller and Fraser Turner chipped in with three points each, including a pair of markers from Kalashnikov with Miller adding a goal and Turner doling out three assists.

Michael Caruso and Joey Miller also found the back of the net for the Soo.

Ryan Wildman, with two, Corey Dubbledam, Kevin Walker, Aaron Kerr and Philip Sweeney countered for Abitibi. Walker, Peter Poulin-Roy and Richard Therrien all had two assists as well.

Shots on goal favoured the Thunderbirds 61-41 with Joel Horodziejczyk picking up the win and Jackson Winkler suffering the loss in 44 minutes of work. Jeremy Laux allowed one goal on nine shots in relief.

With the victory the T-Birds raised their record to 19-4-2-2 while the Eskimos fell to 10-14-0-1.

SUDBURY NICKEL BARONS 5 BLIND RIVER BEAVERS 2 – Sudbury won for a fourth consecutive outing raising their record to 17-11 on the campaign getting a hat-trick and assist from Sebastien Leroux along with four assists from Darcy Haines in the triumph.

After Martin Jolicoeur and Justin Bell staked the Nickel Barons to a 2-0 lead courtesy of a pair of power play markers by the midway point of the opening stanza, Samuel Wilbur extend a consecutive game point streak to six after bagging his 13th goal of the season and getting the Beavers on the board.

Blind River’s Tyson MacLeod would level the proceedings 9:09 into the middle stanza only to see Leroux tally twice in a 112 second span to put Sudbury up 4-2 after 40 minutes.

Leroux then capped off his second consecutive three-goal, one-assist game in the third notching a man advantage marker at 4:37.

Alex Laino turned aside 52 shots to record the win while Aaron Cormier faced 38 shots in a losing cause as Blind River dropped to 5-17-2-4.

League play continues Sunday on two fronts as North Bay hosts the Soo at 2 p.m. in a first place showdown while Abitibi heads to Kirkland Lake for a 7:30 p.m. encounter with the Gold Miners.