Photos: Helene Rancourt
BLIND RIVER, Ont. – A Chase Tallaire man advantage effort, 6:47 into the third period, was the game-winner as the Soo Eagles prevailed with a 2-1 triumph over the Blind River Beavers Saturday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at the Blind River Community Centre.
The visiting Eagles opened the scoring late in the first period as Tanner Balsitis snapped a shot from the left point that found its way through a screen as he collected his first NOJHL goal.
Neither side would connect in a scoreless second stanza as Sault Ste. Marie carried their slim lead into the final frame.
Netting the equalizer, via the power play, early in the third, Trevor Zimmer redirected a feed in front from Evan Fraccaro to knot the affair at 1-1.
On a man advantage themselves a couple of minutes later, Tallaire put the Eagles back on top after the puck ticked off him and skipped past Beavers’ netminder Gavin Disano.
A two-point night for Tallaire saw him etch his name on the game sheet for an eighth consecutive outing.
Soo starter Gabe Rosek and his defensive corps did the rest to help their side improve to 6-2-1-0 on the season while playing all nine of those contests on the road.
Shots on goal finished up 40-24 with the Eagles having the edge that saw Rosek pick up the win while Disano suffered the narrow defeat.