Eskimos edge Voodoos

POWASSAN - The Abitibi Eskimos got four-point nights from four players en route to an 8-7 win over the Voodoos Friday night.

Ryan Tront and Ryan Attwood each scored a pair of goals and added a pair of assists, while defenceman Kealey Cummings scored once and added three assists and former Fort Frances Laker Tristan Salesse chipped in with four helpers as the visitors won for the third time in four games.

Blake Cudmore also had a pair of goals for the Eskimos, while defenceman Brennan Roy scored once.

Steve Harland had a pair of goals for the Voodoos, while Nathaniel McLeod, Michael Silveri, Tyler Gervais-Rolfe, Nolan Smith and Josh Ibbitson each added a goal.

The Voodoos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game, but the Eskimos battled back to deadlock the score at 2-2.

Powassan jumped ahead 3-2 before the end of the first period, however.

The Eskimos again fought back to tie the score at 3-3, only to see the Voodoos take a 5-3 lead.

Again, the Eskimos battled back to tie the score at 5-5 after two periods of play.

Three-straight goals to start the third period saw the Eskimos jump in front 8-5, but the Voodoos got two of those goals back to cut the visitors’ lead to 8-7.

The Voodoos had an excellent change to get back on even terms as the final seconds of the third period ticked down, as the Eskimos were two men short, but they could not get the equalizer.

Chet Tooker, who came on in relief of starting goalie Braddock Baalerud to start the second period, made 30 saves to earn the victory for the Eskimos.

Baalerud turned aside 13 of the 16 shots he faced during the first period.

Jack Ondrovic, who started in goal for the Voodoos, made 21 saves and was tagged with the loss, before giving way to Matt Young 1:07 into the third period.

Young turned aside nine of the 11 shots he face in the final 18:53 of the third period.

The Eskimos went 3-5 on the power play, while the Voodoos were 1-5 with the man advantage.

The Eskimos will wrap up their two-game weekend road trip Saturday night in Mattawa when they take on the Blackhawks at the Mike Rodden Arena.