Elliot lake stays hot defeating Blind river
A three-goal second period outburst, just over three minutes apart, broke open a tie game to help propel the Elliot Lake Wildcats to a 6-2 victory over the Blind River Beavers in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play Saturday at Centennial Arena.
Caleb Minns got Elliot Lake going nearly six minutes into the contest as he collected his sixth tally of the campaign.
Blind River got that back though in the final minute of the frame when Riley Nadeau notched his 20th goal of the season to knot the affair at 1-1 after one.
Heading to the middle stanza, the Wildcats broke the deadlock at 8:18 as Connor Taylor put the home side back on top.
They then added another a couple of shifts later off the stick of Carson Andreoli, which saw the Beavers opt to replace starting netminder Garret Boyonoski in favour of affiliate goalkeeper Patrick Boivin, who stayed until the end of the period.
However, Boivin’s NOJHL debut was greeted with another Elliot Lake marker just 13 seconds later from Josh Bifolchi, who picked up his 14th overall.
The visitors did get one back before the session was complete as Nadeau added another at 18:36.
Minns added his second of the evening early in the third to put Elliot Lake back up by three before Eric Conley rounded out the scoring late for the Wildcats as he capped off a three-point night with Bifolchi.
Ian Elkins and Noah Minns both dished out two assists to aid the Wildcats offensively.
Dominic Boily in the Elliot Lake net made 34 stops to record the win to help his side remain unbeaten early in 2019.
Boyonoski suffered the loss for Blind River allowing five on 28 attempts with Boivin handling one of two in relief.
The Wildcats next two games are at home. On Saturday, Jan. 12 when they take on the Rayside-balfour Canadians at 7 p.m. The on Sunday, Jan. 13, the ‘Cats play the Soo Eagles at 7:30 p.m.
‘Cats upend T-birds 3-2
A Noah Minns marker 25 seconds into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Elliot Lake Wildcats rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League-leading Soo Thunderbirds 3-2 Friday at Centennial Arena.
The visiting Thunderbirds got the early lead in the contest when Noah Boman notched his 14th of the season 3:51 in.
On the power play four and a half minutes later, Boman added his second of the stanza as he put the visitors up by a pair.
Elliot Lake capitalized on a man advantage chance of their own later in the frame as Eric Conley’s 12th put the home side on the board at 18:38.
Moving on to the second stanza, the Wildcats drew level nearly six minutes in when Sean Hagan finished off the work of teammates Carson Andreoli and Connor Taylor.
The score stayed tied at 2-2 until early in the final frame when Minns, the NOJHL’S Rookie of the Month for December, broke the deadlock as his 10th goal of the season held up as the difference maker.
From there Dominic Boily in the Wildcats net and the Elliot Lake defensive corps did the rest, including killing off a pair of penalties in the back half of third to help pull off the upset.
Boily finished with 43 saves to earn the victory for the Wildcats while Thunderbirds goalkeeper William Anderson faced 20 shots in the narrow setback.