Elliot Lake on the rebound

March 17, 2015

Now that was more like it.

With the pressure on and in a virtual must-win setting, Elliot Lake Wildcats returned to the victory column in front of their home fans on Monday night.

The Wildcats went all out and blanked the Sudbury Nickel Barons 8-0 to reduce their deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven, Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff series.

Sudbury, which finished below Elliot Lake during the regular season, had won the first two games of the playoff series by a combined score of 9-3.

Not only was Monday’s win for Elliot Lake a much-needed one, the Wildcats managed to light up Sudbury goalie Jessie Morin, chasing him from the net after two periods and eight goals.

Morin had stopped 77 of 80 shots as the Nickel Barons won Games 1 and 2.

To be sure, the Nickel Barons still hold home-ice advantage as they return to McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff for Game 4 on Wednesday with a 2-1 series lead.

But the Wildcats at least seized some lost momentum with Monday’s decisive victory and have a chance to tie the series on Wednesday and regain home-ice advantage.

What you think about “Elliot Lake on the rebound”

  1. Peachy score lass nite to ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  2. Tough series, will probably go the distance. In my opinion, it doesn’t help that the refs are letting all kinds of flagrants go unpenalized. So far, In my opinion, they’ve taken out one with a concussion (no call, blatant interference), and one with an eye injury (no call, blatant high-stick behind the play). Add to a concussion to another player late in the season (same team), and it’s easy to discern Sudbury’s strategy in my opinion. Hope Elliot prevails. Would prefer to see a much higher class of hockey between Elliot and Soo in the Division Final.

    1. Capt. Obvious is actually captain oblivious lol. it is not the Barons who should be called, but EL. Look at Pm’s in 1st 2 periods and see who was getting called. Barons just play hard and EL plays hard and dirty. In my opinion.

  3. Paddy, I was at the games, and how many penalties get called doesn’t tell the story. Barons were very dirty in front of both nets, and worse, behind the play. Spearing and high-sticking. Sneaky stuff. Wilson is lucky he still has his eye. Sepeda done for the season. I guess the Barons know they’re lacking skill so they have to play that way. It’s not pretty.

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