NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Shutout Saturday in the NOJHL
SUDBURY – Game action in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Saturday saw both Brandon Currie of the Blind River Beavers and Jackson Winkler of the Abitibi Eskimos register shutouts for their respective clubs.
BLIND RIVER BEAVERS 5 KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS 0 – At the Blind River Community Centre Currie kicked out all 32 shots he faced to back stop the Beavers to the home ice victory.
Tyler Brown netted the eventual game-winner 6:25 into the contest while Tyson MacLeod added another midway through the session to make it a 2-0 game after 20 minutes.
MacLeod’s second of the night in the late stages of the second extended the lead heading into the final stanza.
In the third the Beavers got insurance markers from Paul Muio and Scott Marshall to round out the scoring for Blind River who put an end to a seven-game winless drought as they improved to 5-14-2-3 overall.
Marc Audet made 24 saves for Kirkland Lake in the setback as their record slipped to 13-10-1-1.
ABITIBI ESKIMOS 7 SUDBURY NICKEL BARONS 0 – In a neutral site contest staged at the Tim Horton Event Centre in Cochrane Winkler turned aside all 39 attempts he faced to post his first NOJHL shutout.
Meanwhile Eskimos captain Richard Therrien paced Abitibi offensively notching a hat-trick and doling out an assist in the one-sided victory.
Therrien’s offensive outburst allowed him to re-take the league-lead in goals with 24 surpassing Sudbury’s Darcy Haines who has 22 to his credit.
They stormed out to 4-0 lead after one period of play courtesy of a pair of tallies by Aaron Kerr and solo efforts by Ryan Wildman and Therrien.
The Eskimos then put the game away in the middle frame tacking on three more markers, including two more by Therrien along with a Simon Desrosiers’ first goal of the campaign.
With the win Abitibi raised their record to 7-12-0-1.
Mike Muzyka got the start for Sudbury, but did not make it out of the first period in suffering the loss allowing three goals on six shots.
Alex Laino had 22 stops in relief in over 47 minutes of relief for the Nickel Barons who fell to 13-11 on the year.
League play continues Sunday with the Gold Miners heading to Sault Ste. Marie to take on the Thunderbirds in a 4:30 p.m. start at Essar Centre.