At the Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan on September 15th, the (0 – 1) Soo Eagles hit the ice against the (2 – 0) Powassan Voodoos in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action. The Eagles opened the 2017 – 2018 with a loss at home on September 9th to the Elliot Lake Wildcats.
1:29 into the game, Voodoo Aaron Dickson fires a pass to Harrison Israels to give the visitors a 1 – 0 lead. Christian Bardarson finds the back of Powassan’s net at 7:21 of the period to even the game 1 – 1 for the Eagles with Owen Kipke and Nick Techel adding the contributors on Bardarson’s tying goal. As the buzzer sounded to end the period, Dayton Murray sinks the go – ahead goal to send the Voodoos into the first intermission up 2 – 1. Shane Beaulieu had the helper on Murray’s power play goal. Scoring his second of the game at 7:38 of the middle stanza. Murray finds the back of Soo goaltender Shane Brancato’s net to bring the lead to 3 – 1. Beaulieu had the assist on Murray’s goal.
With the hosts on a power play, Eagle Thomas Dyball finds Kyle Quinn to pull the Soo within one at 9:18 of the second. CJ Banser evens the game 3 – 3 for the Eagles 7:55 into the third with Jacob Palmerio and Kellen Tharaldson adding the helpers on Banser’s goal. Israels sinks his second of the contest at 12:19 of the period to give Powassan a 4 – 3 lead with Rob McCallum drawing the contributor. With 1:09 left in the game, Murray registers his first hat trick of the 2017 – 2018 season with Rhys Brown and Shayne Butler adding the helpers.
We were undisciplined” end of story! You let a team have four 5 on 3 power plays and you get the result we got tonight! Most of our energy was spent killing penalties! Obviously it’s a disappointing start for us. but we are an extremely young team! Our line up featured one veteran player tonight. I believe over time we will be very good” said Eagles coach Jim Capy.
The Eagles return to action on September 16th when they play host to the Elliot Lake Wildcats at Pullar Stadium in a 7:00 p.m start.