NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
Trio of tallies for Thomas as Trappers edge Eskimos
NORTH BAY – Chance Thomas scored three times, including the eventual game-winner with eight and a half minutes to go, and added an assist as the North Bay Trappers slipped past the visiting Abitibi Eskimos 6-5 Monday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play at West Ferris Arena.
North Bay stormed out to a 4-1 lead after 20 minutes on markers by Thomas, Zach Shankar, Ryan Demyen and Kyle Baril with Brennan Roy adding the lone Abitibi effort.
Brady Clouthier made it a 4-2 game after two periods of play as the Eskimos forward notched the only goal of the second session.
Abitibi pulled even in the final frame thanks to Andrew Green and another by Clouthier only to see Thomas strike twice in a 48-second span to complete his hat-trick and put North Bay back in front for good.
Erik Robichaud pulled the visitors to within one at 13:27, but that’s as close they would get before time expired.
Baril also had three helpers for the Trappers and did Brenden Locke for the Eskimos.
Lucas Paulsen started for North Bay and picked up the win making 25 saves while Evan Cormier turned aside all four attempts he faced in six and half minutes of relief.
Brody Wagner gave up four against on 13 shots in just over 13 minutes of work, but it was Sylvain Miron who eventually suffered the loss allowing the last two by Thomas while making 19 saves as well.
NOJHL play resumes Wednesday as Sudbury entertains Kirkland Lake in a 7:30 p.m. start at McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff.