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Voodoos fly by Lumberjacks

Chase Thompson with a pair in the key road win.
Chase Thompson had two goals for the Voodoos. File photo.

HEARST, ON - Zach Turner and Chase Thompson had two goals each as the Voodoos quieted the Lumberjacks crowd with a convincing 7-2 at the Claude Larose Recreation Centre Saturday night in what will likely be an NOJHL East first round playoff series matchup. 

The Voodoos got going midway through the first when Dylan McElhinny got a pass from Justin Rousseau and McElhinny's shot beat Lumberjacks goaltender Tristan Boileau to make it 1-0 Voodoos. 

The visiting Voodoos added to the lead as Mathieu MacMillan, a trailer on the play took a pass from Ryan Patrick and he beat Boileau low on his stick side which made it 2-0 with just over 3 minutes left in the first.  For MacMillan, that was the 20th of the campaign. 

Just over two minutes later, Chase Thompson took a pass from Rhys Smetham and his shot through traffic beat Boileau as the Voodoos took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. 

The Lumberjacks got onto the board just over 5 minutes into the second as Jack Robinson was alone in the slot and he beat Voodoos goalie Patrick Charette to make it 3-1. 

However, the Voodoos responded as Zach Turner tipped a Mathieu MacMillan shot in front of Boileau, making it 4-1 Voodoos at 10:00. 

Later in the second, the Voodoos Mike MacLean kept a puck in at the blueline and the big defender gave it to Chase Thompson who made no mistake which made it 5-1 at 17:59 as he beat Russ DeCoste who replaced Boileau after the fourth Voodoos goal.  

Early in the third, the Voodoos shorthanded, Alex Little fed Mike Maclean on a 2 on 1 and he deked around DeCoste which made it 6-1 at 2:12. 

Zach Turner made it 7-1 with a shot from a bad angle and beat DeCoste at 11:34. 

William Paquet finished off a nice individual effort to beat Charette which made it 7-2 with five minutes left in the third. 

With the win, the Voodoos pull within 1 point behind the Lumberjacks for second in the NOJHL East.  

The Voodoos will finish off a busy weekend of hockey Sunday afternoon when they travel to Iroquois Falls to take on the Storm at 2 p.m.