The west division fourth place (11-7) Soo Eagles were back in action on November 5th in Noelville, Ontario against the fifth place east division (8-12-2) after coming off a 7 – 5 win over the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League leaders, the Powassan Voodoos on Friday, November 4th at the Powassan Sportsplex. Sunday afternoon’s matinee is the only visit the Eagles will make to Noelville during the 2017 – 2018 regular season.
At eight minutes even in the opening period and on a power play, Eagle Christian Bardarson sinks his 13th of the season to give the Soo a 1 – 0 lead, Kobe Keller and Nick Techel drew the assists on Bardarson’s power play marker. With an unassisted power play Rapids goal, Christian Gaudreau finds the back of Eagle netminder Carter McPhail’s net at 14:11 of the second to even the game 1 – 1. Scoring his 11th of the season, Nick Techel sinks the go – ahead goal for the Eagles 17:48 into the period with a pass from Bardarson. With 17 seconds left in the period and on a power play, Bardarson fires a pass to Techel to send the Soo into the second intermission up 3 – 1 for the Eagles. Registering his fourth point of the game, Bardarson find the back of French River’s net for his second of the game at 11:21 of the third. Techel and Keller notched the contributors on Bardarson’s goal. With 1:55 left in the game, Bobby Price sets up Palmerio for the Soo’s final goal to give the Eagles a 5 – 1 win. Carter McPhail made 22 saves in the Eagles win in Noelville on Sunday afternoon.
“Three road games in three days in this league are extremely tough. We talked about not having a letdown after a big win in Powasson last night and today’s game been the difference in having a successful weekend or a disappointing one and found a way to gut one out.” I’m not surprised by Barderson’s success. Their line with Keller and Techel earn their success game in and game it” said Eagles coach Jim Capy.
The Eagles will host the third place (12-10-1) Blind River Beavers in a mid-week west division match – up on Wednesday November 8th at the Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.