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Friday, Mar. 23, 2018
Rayside strikes back in Elliot Lake
by Randy Pascal

It took very little time for the Rayside-Balfour Canadians to even the score.

Just 24 hours after the Elliot Lake Wildcats ruined the Canadians home opener, besting the local NOJHLers 4-1 Thursday night in Chelmsford, coach Dave Clancy and company returned the favour.

Rayside hit the ice in Elliot Lake Friday a fired up crew, bolting to a 3-0 first period lead on goals from Noah Serré, James White and Kyle Liinamaa. The teams played a scoreless middle stanza, before scoring a pair of goals each in the third, as the Canadians tamed the Wildcats 5-2.

Evan Krassey and Serré, with his second, capped things off for the visitors, while Logan Frieburger and Dave Elford countered for Elliot Lake. Rayside netminder Matty Mayhew would take a shutout into the third period of his junior hockey debut, turning aside 36 of the 38 shots on the evening, while Allan Menary registered 48 saves at the other end of the rink.

The Canadians are back in action with just one game on tap this coming week, travelling to Noelville on September 15th to face the French River Rapids. After posting just one win during the entire 2016-2017 season, the Rapids quickly demonstrated that they are a much improved contingent, beating the Timmins Rock 3-1 on the road on Friday, and following up with a solid performance in a 3-0 loss Saturday to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

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