NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012
Trappers defeat Eskimos to move back into share of first place
NORTH BAY – Brandon Janke scored three times, including the game-winner, to help lead the North Bay Trappers to a 5-3 victory over the Abitibi Eskimos Sunday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at Memorial Gardens.
After Ryan Wildman opened the scoring for Abitibi midway through the opening period Janke levelled the proceedings with 21 seconds to go in the stanza.
A surge in the middle frame saw North Bay strike three times in a six-minute span on markers by Eric Champagne, Graham Pickard and Janke to go up 4-1.
Tallies 20 seconds apart by Richard Therrien later in the session pulled the Eskimos to within one as he increased his league-leading goal total to 20.
Janke finished off his hat-trick by adding some third period insurance to round out the scoring.
Shots on goal favoured the Trappers 42-24 margin with Dustin Hummel picking up the win and Etienne Roy suffering the loss.
North Bay improves to 13-2-2-3 with the victory and move back into a tie for first place in the NOJHL standings with the Soo Thunderbirds who hold two games in hand. Abitibi slips to 6-11-0-1 with the setback.
League play resumes Wednesday as Sudbury hosts Elliot Lake in a 7:30 p.m. start at McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff.