Wildcats skate past Eagles


Release Date: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Wildcats skate past Eagles

ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – The Elliot Lake Wildcats got eight points from the trio of Spencer MacLean, Cole Hepler and Shane Woolsey to help them skate past the Soo Eagles by a 7-2 count Friday in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up at Centennial Arena.

It took the Wildcats just 66 seconds to get things going offensively as Connor Rider collected his 12th goal of the season early on.

Sault Ste. Marie answered right back to tie at 2:54 on Bradley Hofelich’s 10th tally in 2015-16.

Ty Hannaford put Elliot Lake back in front 13 minutes later as the home side took a 2-1 lead into the middle frame.

Woolsey and MacLean added to the Wildcats cushion with the only markers in the middle stanza.

In the third, Woolsey added another early on while MacLean supplied his second on the night and 28th overall at 11:37 to make it 6-2.

Roman Gaudet got one back for the Eagles a minute and a half later before Chad Lopez rounded out the scoring for Elliot Lake with 5:14 remaining.

Hepler dished out three assists for the Wildcats.

Aaron Mackay made 31 saves to record the win for Elliot Lake with Cam Bruggrabe seeing 39 pucks fired his way in defeat for the Soo.