Friday, September 14, 2018
Eagles derail Express
ESPANOLA, Ont. – The Soo Eagles started strong by notching the night’s first five goals as they went on to cruise past the Espanola Express 8-3 Friday in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up held at the Regional Recreation Complex.
Sault Ste. Marie set the tone early by striking five times in the opening frame starting with Raf Praysner’s first at 5:36.
Caleb Wood and Mihali See then tallied 58 seconds apart to go up by three.
The Eagles weren’t done in the period as they tacked on two more in rapid succession later with George Orfanos and Riley Jensen both finding the back of the net in the latter half of the stanza.
Espanola came back in the second as Jarod Hurley struck twice with a pair of power play markers to pull within three only to see Jake Lamberty and Brett Morich score deep in the period to take a 7-2 cushion into the third.
Lamberty then added another in the third before Espanola’s Malcolm Gamelin’s first NOJHL goal in the final seconds with assists going to Hurley and Dylan Labelle to round out the scoring.
See, Kyle Quinn and Drew Wotta dished out two assists each for the Soo.
Joseph Benedetto picked up the win for the Eagles making 34 saves along the way.
Joel Rainville suffered the loss for the Express seeing 49 shots in defeat.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Trio of Nadeau, Young & Zaleski send Beavers past Express
ESPANOLA, Ont. – The Blind River Beavers trio of Riley Nadeau, Brendan Young and Ian Zaleski combined for 15 points Sunday afternoon en route to a 10-2 victory over the Espanola Express in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League matinee at the Regional Recreation Complex.
Blind River started strong in earning the road triumph by grabbing a 3-0 lead after one period of play on markers by Nadeau, Jack McLeod and Caleb Serre.
Chase Lammi put Espanola on the board early in the middle session, but the Beavers tacked on three more before the contest was half way done, including a pair by Nadeau to give him his first NOJHL hat trick, while Dante Cavaliere, during a man advantage, notched his initial league goal.
Adam Morgan of the Express and Blind River’s Serre then traded late offensive efforts in the session to make it 7-2 for the visitors after 40 minutes.
Young, who also doled out four assists, added a tally 4:38 into the third to extend the cushion before Ryan Mulligan and Zaleski added late goals to finish off the one-sided decision.
Zaleski had a trio of helpers for Blind River with Nadeau and Justin Mauro having two helpers each.
Maxim Sidelnik made 34 saves to record the win for Blind River.
Joel Rainville started for Espanola and suffered the loss allowing seven on 35 attempts in two periods of work while Ryan Hale handled 13 of 16 in relief.