El­liot lake stays hot de­feat­ing Blind river

The Standard (Elliot Lake) - - SPORTS -

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.

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