ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – Nicholas Jameus provided the lone marker in the shootout to give the Elliot Lake Wildcats 3-2 come from behind victory over the Blind River Beavers in a well-played Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up Wednesday evening at Centennial Arena.
Blind River started the proceedings by coming out quickly and opening the scoring just 26 seconds into the contest on Lucas Adams’ 10th tally of the season.
Countering, Elliot Lake tied it at 11:06 to knot the affair at 1-1 thanks to another Jameus effort, with help from Jonathan Giancotti and Tyler McCullough.
The lone marker of the second session was provided by the Beavers’ David Campbell as he finished off the work of teammates Justin Mauro and Caleb Serre as the guests took a one-goal cushion into the third.
In that period, the Wildcats battled back to draw level midway through the stanza as Connor Taylor’s sixth forced overtime.
The OT was back and forth as the club’s skated three-on-three trading chances on both ends, but neither side would connect, thus forcing extra attempts to decide a winner.
In the shootout the first five chances combined failed to produce a goal leaving Jameus with the third attempt for Elliot Lake.
With that opportunity, he skated in slowly to the top of the creases before snapping the decider over the blocker of Blind River goaltender Jonathan Lemaire to give the Wildcats their initial home win of the season.
Elliot Lake starter Dominic Boily put in a big performance for his team, finishing with 43 saves in 65 minutes of work, along with standing tall on all three shootout attempts he faced to pick up the triumph.
Lemaire too was solid as his 42 stops helped the Beavers earn a point in defeat.
Game Photos courtesy of Northern Exposures Photography