SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – On a down turn that featured only one win in their past 10 outings, the Blind River Beavers picked up a much-need victory Wednesday as they defeated the Soo Eagles 3-2 in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up at Pullar Stadium.
Sault Ste. Marie pressed the attack in the first period outshooting Blind River 13-9 in the session, but it was the Beavers’ Ryan Cullen who notched the lone tally in the frame at 16:28.
Carrying over a power play to begin the second, the visitors went up 2-0 just 88 seconds into the middle stanza as Dylan McMahon finished off the work Anthony Bastianello and Caleb Serre.
One of the highest-scoring teams on home ice this season, the Eagles got on the board just past the 12-minute mark of the period off the stick of Jonathan Lakhani.
But only 55 seconds later, Blind River’s Jack Rudin answered that to make it 3-1 after two.
Pressing to get closer, the Eagles did just that with 4:25 left in regulation thanks to Christian Bardarson’s eighth of the season.
However Blind River tightened up defensively from there to preserve the victory.
Owen Robinson dished out two assists to aid the Beavers’ offensive cause.
Shots on goal in the contest favoured the Eagles 48-32 with Michael Corson solid effort earned him the win in his NOJHL debut.