Sudbury skates past Abitibi 8-5



Release Date: Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Sudbury skates past Abitibi 8-5

SUDBURY – A high-scoring, see-saw affair saw the Sudbury Nickel Barons score the game’s final four goals to pull out an 8-5 decision over the Abitibi Eskimos Wednesday evening in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up at McClelland Arena.

Sudbury stormed out to a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes getting goals from August Jarecki, Kyle Fransen on the power play, Matt Neault and Dylan Callaghan, shorthanded, while Kevin Walker countered for Abitibi.

The middle frame was all Eskimos as they connected three times in the session to knot the score at 4-4 after two periods.

Walker picked up his second of the night at 4:39 and that was followed by efforts supplied by Tristan Salesse and Brendan Locke.

The Salesse tally allowed him to extend a consecutive game point streak to eight straight.

The Abitibi forward then added another as he converted during a power play opportunity 2:25 into the third.

Callaghan then struck again while the Nickel Barons were down a man as he tied it 5-5 at 9:31.

Christopher Rossi picked up the eventual game-winner two minutes later with Eric Champagne adding some insurance at 13:16.

Rossi then iced it with Sudbury’s third shorthanded goal of the evening as he rounded out the scoring with an empty netter with 61 seconds to go.

Nickel Barons defenceman Ned Simpson picked up three assists on the night to aid the winner’s cause while Jake Holland, Brennan Roy and Locke had two helpers apiece for Abitibi.

Kevin Labelle finished up with 38 saves to secure the victory for Sudbury. Logan Ferrington faced 51 shots in defeat for the Eskimos.

NOJHL action resumes Thursday as the Soo Thunderbirds host the Cochrane Crunch in a 7:30 p.m. start at the John Rhodes Community Centre.