NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Friday, Dec. 7, 2012
Trappers and Eskimos victorious on Friday
SUDBURY – Both the North Bay Trappers and Abitibi Eskimos came away victorious in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Friday following positive results.
NORTH BAY TRAPPERS 4 KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS 1 – The Trappers got goals from four different skaters en route to the win over the visiting Gold Miners.
North Bay’s Brennen Dubchak and Kirkland Lake’s Dustin Jesseau exchanged markers in the opening period to make the score 1-1 after 20 minutes.
Stephen Langford notched the eventual game-winner 3:04 into the middle session one-timing a blast past Gold Miners’ netminder Chris Komma.
The Trappers then put the game away in the late stages of regulation thanks to efforts from Connor Gilmartin and Corbin Bean 42 seconds apart.
Greg Dodds won his league-leading13th game of the season for the Trappers making 29 saves in the triumph helping his club move one point past the Soo Thunderbirds in first place in the NOJHL standings with a 17-3-2-3 record. The T-Birds do hold one game in hand.
Komma faced 27 pucks in a losing cause as his club fell to 13-11-2-1 on the season.
ABITIBI ESKIMOS 4 ELLIOT LAKE BOBCATS 3 – Visiting Abitibi ran their winning streak to three straight after the road triumph at Elliot Lake.
A Steve Gual man advantage effort put the Bobcats on top 8:58 into the contest only to see Daniel Villeneuve notch the equalizer eight minutes later to send to the sides to the dressing rooms after one period tied at 1-1.
The Eskimos took a 3-2 lead after the second stanza on markers by Brandon Windsor and Ryan Wildman, which were sandwiched around a Kyle Rowe shorthanded goal for Elliot Lake.
Ryan Kerr then fired the eventual game-winner 8:04 into the final frame before Henry Berger struck on the power play with 7:54 remaining to make it interesting.
Abitibi goaltender Jackson Winkler shut the door the rest of the way to secure the win finishing up with 41 saves in the victory.
Cory Simic faced 35 shots in a losing cause for the home side.
Ryan Tront dished out two assists for the Eskimos in his third game with the club.
With the win the Eskimos raise their record to 9-12-01 while the Bobcats slipped to 6-16-0-1 after losing for the first time so far this season when scoring the game’s opening goal.
League play resumes Saturday with Abitibi at Sault Ste. Marie and Blind River hosting Elliot Lake. Both contests get underway at 7:30 p.m.