Sudbury skates past Blind River



Release Date: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Sudbury skates past Blind River

BLIND RIVER – Lucas Toth and Jacob Bonin both had a goal and an assist as the Sudbury Nickel Barons skated past the Blind River Beavers 5-1 in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League matinee Sunday afternoon at the Blind River Community Centre.

Sudbury opened the scoring 7:47 into the contest as defenceman Khadyn Butterfly notched his seventh goal of the campaign.

The visitors extended their lead midway through the first thanks to Toth who beat Beavers’ starter Daniel Potter.

Special teams allowed the Nickel Barons to go up 3-0 at the 5:19 mark of the second stanza when Bonin struck shorthanded as the Sudbury captain registered a point for the 10th time in his past dozen outings.

Blind River would get on the board late the middle period as Nathan Johnson connected on the power play as he finished off a Cody Nicoll feed at 18:26 for his third tally of the season.

In the final frame both Potter and Nickel Barons netminder Jessie Morin were ejected for their roles in an on-ice skirmish at 6:58 as was Butterfly as the trio all picked up fighting majors and game misconducts among the penalties that were doled out.

A man advantage marker off the stick of Jimmy Roy with 6:15 remaining added to the Sudbury lead while Josh Moore finished things off a minute and a half later to round out the scoring.

Morin made 26 saves to pick up the win with Kevin Labelle saw 10 shots in relief.

Potter suffered the loss giving up three on 22 shots while Zach Mills saved four of six in just over 13 minutes of work.

With the victory, Sudbury improves to 11-3-0-2 on the season while Blind River remains winless at 0-16-0-1.

NOJHL action resumes Wednesday as these same two sides finish off a home-and-home in a 7:30 p.m. start at McClelland Arena.