Late goal lifts Cana­di­ans

Voodoos bat­tle back with three-goal third to dou­ble up Rapids

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SUD­BURY — An Eric Eschweiler power-play goal with 6:15 left in reg­u­la­tion was the de­cider as the Ray­side-Bal­four Cana­di­ans bounced back to de­feat the vis­it­ing Hearst Lum­ber­jacks 3-2 in NOJHL play Thurs­day evening at Chelmsford Arena.

It was one of two NOJHL con­tests played on Thurs­day, with the other see­ing the Powassan Voodoos bat­tle back to de­feat the French River Rapids 4-2.

In Sud­bury, it was all Hearst in the open­ing 20 min­utes as the guests tal­lied twice to gain the early edge on mark­ers from Mathew Eard­ley and Bradley Golant.

Re­group­ing in the sec­ond stanza, it was Ray­side-Bal­four’s turn to con­nect as they notched two mark­ers of their own to level the pro­ceed­ings with Noah Serre and Ethan Lavallee both find­ing the back of the net for the Cana­di­ans.

The home side then com­pleted the come­back in the back half of the third pe­riod, as Eschweiler scored dur­ing a man-ad­van­tage op­por­tu­nity to help pull out the win.

Ben­jamin Hatanaka as­sisted on the fi­nal two Ray­side-Bal­four goals, as he ex­tended a mod­est point streak to three games in the process.

With sin­gle helpers of their own on the night both the Cana­di­ans’ Evan Krassey and the Lum­ber­jacks’ Max Grif­fioen have recorded at least one point in each of the past seven games.

Shots on goal in the con­test favoured Ray­side-Bal­four by a 30-24 count, with David Bowen pick­ing up the win while Ni­cholas Tal­larico suf­fered the de­feat. VOODOOS 4 RAPIDS 2

Mean­while, at the Powassan Sport­splex the Voodoos erased a one-goal deficit by notch­ing three unan­swered third-pe­riod mark­ers to pull out a 4-2 vic­tory over the Rapids.

En­ter­ing the con­test hav­ing gone 2-0-1 in their past three out­ings, French River got off to a solid start once again by get on the board first as Will Frustaglio made it 1-0 mid­way through the night’s ini­tial pe­riod as he col­lected his ninth tally of the cam­paign.

A late man ad­van­tage helped the Voodoos draw level be­fore the frame came to a close as To­mas Yachmenev tied it dur­ing the power play at 18:58.

Be­ing up a skater in the sec­ond pe­riod helped the Rapids go back on top, with Frustaglio con­nect­ing once more to give him 10 goals on the sea­son at the 4:46 mark.

Mov­ing on to the third pe­riod, Powassan lev­eled the pro­ceed­ings once again cour­tesy on Rico Rossi’s first NOJHL goal at 2:12, dur­ing an­other power-play chance.

Spe­cials teams were preva­lent yet again, with Ryan Mills pick­ing up the even­tual gamewin­ner dur­ing a man ad­van­tage with less than five min­utes left in reg­u­la­tion.

The Voodoos then se­cured the home win in the late go­ing, as Brett Shawana put one into an empty net at 19:01 to wrap things up of­fen­sively.

Chris­tian Ci­cigoi made 26 saves to earn the tri­umph in his fourth straight start and his club’s fifth in suc­ces­sion.

Mar­shall Frap­pier faced 38 shots against in the nar­row set­back for French River.

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