Friday, September 7, 2018
Blind River rallies to edge Espanola
ESPANOLA, Ont. – Ian Zaleski’s second goal of the game, coming with 8:25 remaining in regulation, helped the Blind River Beavers rally for a 3-2 come from behind triumph over the Espanola Express Friday in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League affair in front of nearly 500 spectators at the Regional Recreation Complex.
First period play saw Blind River carry a large edge in shots, but they could not solve Express starter Joel Rainville who was there to handle all 16 shots in the frame.
Espanola did get on the board to get things going at 10:38 of the opening session with Adam Morgan burying his first NOJHL goal.
An early power play in the second helped the home team go up by a pair as Chase Lammi converted during a man advantage for his opening league marker.
The Beavers would eventually solve Rainville at 8:52 of the middle stanza with Ian Zaleski picking up his first goal as a member of the Blind River organization.
Building on that, the visitors drew level with just over four minutes remaining in the session thanks Brendan Young joining the initial tally group on opening night.
They then completed their comeback off the stick of Zaleski in the back half of the third to finish off the rally.
Beavers’ captain Caleb Serre assisted on his club’s final two tallies.
Maxim Sidelnik started for Blind River making 23 stops in a winning debut while Rainville was stellar between the pipes for the Express, despite the defeat, finishing with 46 saves on 49 attempts.
The same two teams will wrap-up a season-opening home-and-home set Saturday in a 7 p.m. start at the Blind River Community Centre.
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Beavers bounce Express in-home opener
BLIND RIVER, Ont. – Justin Mauro collected his first two Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League goals for the Blind River Beavers Saturday as part of an 8-1 triumph over the visiting Espanola Express at the Blind River Community Centre.
A night after rallying for a 3-2 come from behind triumph over the Express in Espanola, the Beavers were all business from the onset in this one by snagging a three-tally cushion after one period of play.
Tyler Nott, Ethan Graham and Mauro all scored for the first time in league play to send the home side on their way.
Continuing to click offensively, Blind River tacked on four more in the middle stanza to extend their lead to seven after 40 minutes.
Mauro 14 seconds in to the frame made it 4-0 before Brendan Young supplied his second of the weekend at 4:27.
Sam Harris, via the power play, midway through the period and Jack McLeod at 13:45 added to the onslaught.
Adam Cavaliere converted quickly in the opening moments of the third as the Beavers added to their tally total.
Espanola would dash Blind River’s Garret Boyonoski’s shutout bid with 2:24 to go when Logan Fennema fed Dylan Labelle for his first NOJHL goal to round out the scoring
Young finished with three assists as well to cap-off a four-point night while McLeod had a pair of helpers.
Ryan Hale started for the Express and suffered the loss allowing seven against on 46 attempts in 40 minutes of work while Joel Rainville handled 10 of 11 in third period relief.