Dayton Murray’s second goal of the game, via the power play, 14 seconds into overtime completed a Powassan Voodoos rally as they skated to a 5-4 victory over the French River Rapids in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League contest Monday evening at the Powassan Sportsplex.
The win moves the Voodoos to 2-0 on the season but new head coach Beau Moyer knows his team needs to stay out of the penalty box and play better in the D zone.
"I'm happy with some guys and hoping for more from others, love the way we created great offensive looks, high-quality chances, but we need to tighten up defensively," said Moyer.
"I Love the defense being active offensively but we need our forwards to lead the rush. We will be making adjustments to our structure defensively.
"I am very impressed with our special teams play in first two games so far."
The two goals give Murray three goals and three assists in the first two games of the season.
It took the visiting Rapids just 86 seconds to begin the night’s scoring with Christian Gaudreau collecting his initial tally of the campaign.
Up a man later in the frame, French River made it 2-0 on a power play with Alex Paul etching his name to the club’s goal total at 9:02.
Powassan came right back however on the next shift and cut into the deficit as Tomas Yachmenev notching his initial marker in the NOJHL.
The Rapids then went back up by two nine minutes into the middle stanza off a Gregor Trudeau-Paquet effort.
Murray picked up his first of the night with 4:11 left in the frame during another man advantage opportunity to pull the home side to within one entering the third.
There Powassan struck twice with Eric Mondoux connecting shorthanded and Quintin Loon-Stewardson at even strength to go up 4-3.
French Rapids did force extra time with under four minutes remaining in regulation thanks to Levi Siau’s power play tally.
Carrying a man advantage into OT it was Murray was won it for the Voodoos with his second power play blast of the night to give his side the second point on the night.
Cameron Moore doled out three assists for Powassan in the win while Trudeau-Paquet had a couple of helpers for the Rapids.
Tyler Mastermak made his first start in net for the Voodoos and registered the victory facing 18 shots on the night.
Spencer Eschyshcyn helped his team earn a point in the setback saving 34 of 39 along the way.