The Cochrane Crunch waltzed into the Pullar Stadium on Saturday to face off against the Soo Eagles.
Heading into the match up the Crunch have only lost one game so far this season and probably suspected that this game would be a walk in the park, which wasn’t the case, as the Soo Eagles kept pace with the Crunch for the majority of the game and at times could have gotten into the lead.
Cochrane would get on the board at 2:43 of the first period on a goal by Tyler Minoletti. The Eagles, not to be out done, put their speed to work for them getting a number of scoring chances which paid off when Landon Hubbard would get a feed from Chris Hazen and Jake Saxton to tie the game at the 19:58 mark of the first period.
Lucas Robinson would put the Crunch back into the lead at 8:23 of the second period, but the lead was short lived as Levi Rowan would respond for the Eagles less than two minutes later on a power play goal.
Robinson got his second tally of the night at 13:49 and Zach Renfrew would add another in the second period to have the Crunch leading 4 to 2. At the close of the period a number of penalties were handed out as tensions rose which would set the stage for the third period.
The Eagles having to work on killing off a number of double minors from the second period were down two players for four minutes. Even though the Crunch had the 5 on 3, the Eagles kept Cochrane from getting any real good scoring chances on net minder Jack Hickey even though for the majority of the four minutes Cochrane kept the puck in the Eagles end.
After the penalty kill the Eagles had the adrenalin flowing coming up with three good scoring chances but started to show how tired they were which resulted in three more Cochrane goals by Joseph Thielen who got two and Dustin Cordeiro for a final score of 7 to 2.
Cochrane went 0 for 7 on the power play while the Eagles had one goal on three power play chances. Eagles net minder Jack Hickey made 42 saves while Cochrane’s Brett Young had 31 saves.
The Eagles will be on the road next weekend with matchups against French River, Powassan and Rayside Balfour. The next home game is on 24 Oct when the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners will make the trip across the border.