In game three of the best of three series, the Soo Eagles hosted the Elliot Lake Wildcats with the series even at 1 – 1 on March 14th at the Pullar Stadium in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action with the winner of game three advancing on to face the Soo Thunderbirds.
Wildcat Nick Long sinks the opening goal of the contest 7:21 into the game with Leejay Meguinis and Jacob Kelly adding the assists on Long’s power play goal. With the Eagles on a power play, William Casey evens the game 1 – 1 at the 14:54 mark of the first with Roman Gaudet and Nick Trecroce drawing the contributors. Taylor Woolcott scores the go – ahead goal for Elliot Lake at 4:23 of the second with Troy Button and Ryan Magee setting up Woolcott’s goal. Giving the visitors a 3 – 1 lead was Jacob Kelly of the Wildcats at 6:44 of the period with David Elford and Long registering the contributors on Elliot Lake’s third of the game. Eagle Jake Saxton pulls the Soo within one three seconds before the halfway mark of the second with Jacob Palmerio and Bradley Hofelich adding the helpers on Saxton’s power play goal.
With 1:46 left in the second, Gaudet finds the back of Wildcat Matt Kostiw’s net to even the game 3 – 3. Brent Jones and Trecroce had the assists on Gaudet’s tying goal. With a scramble in front of Kostiw at 10:54 of the first overtime, Gaudet buries the game winner to send the Eagles to the next round against the Soo Thunderbirds. Jones and Nate Harris drew the contributors on Gaudet’s second of the game. Eagle goaltender stopped 33 of 36 saves the Soo’s 4 – 3 overtime win.
Eagle coach Jim Capy told Saultsports.com that “we had to overcome some obstacles to finally eliminate a very tough Elliot Lake team. We could have folded the tent after we were down 3 – 1 but showed a lot of character to fight our way back in the game. Full credit to a very well coached Elliot Lake team. Thought the Gaudet line was really good for us. Don’t have a lot of time to prepare for Thunderbirds but look forward to the challenge ahead.”
The Eagles will open up the series against their cross border rivals, the Soo Thunderbirds on March 16th at the John Rhodes Centre in game one for a 7:00 p.m start.
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