Coming off a 2 – 0 loss to the second place Rayside Balfour Canadians on November 5th, the west division fourth place Soo Eagles were back in action on November 8th when they hosted the second place west division Blind River Beavers in a mid week Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League regular season match – up.
3:02 into the game, Beaver Max Khull fired an unassisted goal behind Eagle netminder Carter McPhail to give Blind River a 1 – 0 lead. Dylan McMahon sinks the visitors second of the game at 11:10 of the period with Steven Khull and Caleb Serre drawing the contributors on McMahon’s goal. Khull scores his second of the contest at 13:19 of the first to bring the Beavers lead to 3 – 0. Jack Sampson and Christopher Carr-Ansah set up Khull’s goal. Kobe Keller brings the Eagles within one at 15:02 of the first with Christian Bardarson adding the helper. Rookie Mayy Capisciotto closes the gap to one for the Soo with Jonathan Lakhani and Jake Lamberty notching the assists 32 seconds before the halfway mark of the period.
Ryan Cullen sends a pass to Beaver Owen Robinson to add to Blind River’s lead at 15:30 of the middle stanza. 27 seconds later, Jack Rudin and Jordan Kreller had the helpers on Jack Sampson’s goal for the Beavers fifth of the game at the 15:57 mark of the period. With the Eagles on a power play 3:19 into the final period, Bardarson finds the back of the Beavers net with Nick Techel and Hayden Clark registering the contributors on Bardarson’s power play marker. Carter McPhail stopped 17 of 22 shots in the Eagles 5 – 3 at the Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan on Wednesday evening.
“Thought we played well enough to win! We didn’t make a lot of mistakes, but they made us pay for every one. In my mind the road in our division will have to go through Blind River. Rookie Matt Capy played his best game if the season tonight. It is a big jump from high school hockey to the NOJHL and he is adjusting nicely. Thought he did a good job moving his feet. His entire line was extremely effective for us tonight” said Eagles coach Jim Capy.
Blind River coach Kyle Brick told Saultsports that “I️ thought we played a great road game, Corson was good he made the saves I️ expect him to make. We’re happy with the result and thought we took it to them for most of the game, despite what the dysfunctional shot clock said. Bottom line we need to win these games and we got the job done tonight.”
The Eagles will host their cross border rivals the Soo Thunderbirds on November 10th at the Pullar Stadium in a 7:30 p.m start.