Coming off a 3 – 0 shutout win over the Soo Thunderbirds on January 20th in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, the fifth place Soo Eagles returned to the ice on January 22nd in Blind River against the third place Beavers in a west division Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match – up.
Dylan McMahon sank the opening goal at 8:44 of the first with Beavers Jack Rudin and Jordan Kreller adding the assists on McMahon’s 23rd of the season. With the Eagles on a power play and an unassisted goal, the Soo’s Kellan Tharaldson evens the game 1 – 1 with his tenth of the season at 11:54 of the period. Jack Rudin finds the back of the Eagle goaltender Carter McPhail’s net for Blind River’s go – ahead goal at 12:34 of the first, Josh Norman drew the helper on Rudin’s 13th of the season. Scoring the last goal of the period and tying the game 2 – 2, Christian Badarson scores his 30th of the season with a power play unassisted goal with 2:16 remaining in the period.
Steven Khull and Jack Sampson set up Beaver Max Khull’s 20th of the season to give Blind River a 3 – 2 lead at the 4:08 mark of the second. The Soo’s Kellan Tharaldson brings the game tied 3 – 3 at 6:32 of the middle stanza. Hayden Clark and Bardarson had the contributors on Tharaldson’s second power play marker of the contest. With 4:17 left in Monday evening’s game, veteran Caleb Serre fires the game winner behind McPhail to give the Beavers a 4 – 3 win over the Eagles. Newly acquired NOJHL veteran Zach Senecal and Anthony Bastianello registered the assists on Serre’s 28th of the season. Eagle goaltender Carter McPhail stopped 34 of 38 shots while Beaver netminder Ca, Bruggrabe turned away of 33 of 36 shots in Blind River’s win at home.
Beaver coach Kyle Brick told Saultsports that “tonight was a huge win for our guys, one of our better complete efforts of the year. I think we responded well to their offence and were able to contain their top line as much as you can… our goaltending was solid tonight and were looking forward to Saturday against the Thunderbirds.”
“We just didn’t do enough five on five to give ourselves a chance in this game. We looked like a team playing our 4th game in 5 days. Best part of our game was our special teams. The score really did flatter us” said Eagles coach Jim Capy.
Next up for the Beavers will be the first place Soo Thunderbirds in Blind River on January 27th in a 7:30 p.m start while the Eagles hit the ice on January 24th at the Pullar Stadium against the fifth place Elliot Lake Wildcats in a 7:00 p.m NOJHL puck drop.