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Janke nets hat trick as Trappers handle Eskis

Monday, November 12, 2012   by: Mark Pare

North Bay Trappers' Brandon Janke (10) battles Abitibi Eskimos Philip Sweeney (23) for puck possesion during 2 period NOJHL action at Memorial Gardens Sunday Night. The Trappers defeted Abitibi Eskimos 5-3. (© 2012 DENIS DUBOIS photo).

The North Bay Jr. “A” Trappers (13-2-2-3) moved into a share of first place by defeating the Abitibi Eskimos (6-11-0-1) by a score of 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Gardens.

Brandon Janke scored a hat trick, while Graham Pickard and midget “AAA” Trapper call-up Eric Champagne tallied singles. Richard Therrien scored twice and Ryan Wildman had another one for the Eskis.

“Coming into the game, I was in a bit of a slump,” said Janke, who came into this contest pointless in his last three games, “So I just took a fresh start to the game and wasn’t even thinking about points tonight, it was just about keeping the puck out of our net and funny how that works that I end up getting three goals.”

Dustin Hummel made 21 saves for his first victory on home ice. Trappers head coach Tom McCarthy was critical about one of the goals against but was pleased with his goaltender’s performance.

“I think he played decent for the first couple periods; I thought he played a lot stronger in the third,” said McCarthy, “I will give him the credit for the third goal against him, he kicked that rebound right back out to the slot and I think it was more manageable than it was. It wasn’t a hard, handcuffing shot. Sure, we should have somebody there but in the case that we don’t, that puck needs to be smothered but for the most part, he played strong enough for the win and I thought his third period performance was the difference for us and also for his game for closing the deal.”

The Eskimos almost climbed back into it, getting to within a goal after a three goal deficit but the Trappers learned from their mistakes, as they had a 3-1 lead on Sudbury with four minutes left in regulation before falling in OT.

“I think it was the way we lost on Wednesday in Sudbury was probably what the whole issue was about,” said McCarthy, “I think it’s not about losing, it’s how you lose and I think for the most part tonight, we came out and played a pretty solid hockey game, I think we controlled the puck, we out shot them two-to-one, we had about a minute and a half where we had a lapse, we made a communication error and allowed somebody to go in alone and then we didn’t handle the puck very well coming out of the corner, kick it out to them, they get another shot at it and I think it came so quick, we had a little gasp there and sent back on our heels but for the most part, I think we controlled the game.”

The Eskis got the scoring started at 10:41 of the first as Wildman was uncovered in the slot. He snapped a shot from the slot over Hummel and grabbed some momentum with it.

With 22 seconds left in the first, the Traps got even as Janke scored his first, a gift from behind the net by Corbin Bean.

In the second, the giving continued as at 5:03, Champagne got in the goal scoring act by streaking in towards the net and finding a loose puck right in front and an open cage to shoot on a rebound.

The Traps continued to foot on the gas pedal and with more offensive zone pressure came the momentum and at 9:11, Pickard scored his goal from the slot and then exactly two minutes later, Janke scored his second from around the same area.

The Traps were burned on a couple bad line changes, one that resulted in the tide turning.

At 13:37, Therrien streaked in on a break away as players were just coming on the ice. He roofed it on Hummel.

It didn’t take long for Therrien to turn on the jets once again as only 20 seconds later, he scored off a rebound let out by Hummel and it became a one goal game.

In the third, Janke closed out his hat trick at 9:07, after Duane Wainman finished off a hard but successful fore check to keep the puck in the zone.

The Trappers next home game will be Sunday, November 18 as they host the Soo Thunderbirds. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Gardens.

Game Notes
-The attendance was 639.
-Etianne Roy got the nod for the Eskis, making 37 saves in the loss.
-This was the second of a four game suspension for Trappers goalie Greg Dodds.
-Tait Seguin didn’t play in this game due to playing in the CJHL Prospects weekend in Nova Scotia.
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