NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
Surging Sudbury wins 7th straight
SUDBURY – The hottest team in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League continued their winning ways Wednesday as the Sudbury Nickel Barons reeled off their seventh consecutive victory, a narrow 2-1win over the first place North Bay Trappers at McClelland Arena.
A tight-checking opening period saw neither side find the back of the net with Sudbury’s Michael Muzyka and North Bay’s Greg Dodds keeping the game scoreless.
The NOJHL’s top two point producers in Sebastien Leroux and Darcy Haines got things going for the Nickel Barons in the middle stanza with Haines’ notching his league-best 29th tally of the season at 3:45 while Leroux increased the cushion 11 minutes later with his second point of the night and NOJHL-leading 64th overall with the eventual game-winner.
The score stayed that way until late in regulation when the Trappers pulled Dodds in favour of an extra attacker in the final minute.
It is there that the visitors dashed Muzyka’s shutout bid with just 15 seconds remaining as Tait Seguin notched his team-leading 15th goal of the season while also extending a season-high point streak to seven games. (6g-5a-11pts)
Despite being denied the shutout, Muzyka turned in a solid performance finishing up with 37 saves on the night as Sudbury won No. 7 in succession, improving to 20-11 overall with the triumph
Dodds had 20 stops in defeat as North Bay fell to 20-4-3-3 with the setback.
League play resumes Friday on three fronts including the Abitibi Eskimos meeting the Soo Thunderbirds in a neutral site affair in Timmins at 7:30 p.m.
Also on the slate that night is Blind River at Elliot Lake while Sudbury visits Kirkland Lake with both of those match-ups alos getting underway at 7:30 p.m.