The Abitibi Eskimos moved up in the standings after an decisive win against the Kirkland Lake Blue Devils.
The Eskis showed no mercy against the winless Blue Devils, crushing them 11-3 Saturday night at the Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls.
As a result of the victory, the Eskis now sit tied for second with North Bay in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Eastern Division.
Marc-Alain Begin opened the scoring for the Eskis less than a minute into the opening period, with assists from Jacob Kord and Delmer Moses.
Begin would collect two goals and four assists on the night. He currently sits second in league scoring, with 26 points through nine games played.
Zach Innes and Richard Therrien also found the back of the net for the Eskis in the first, giving the home team a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.
The Eskis exploded for five goals in the second and didn’t give up a single marker against.
Karl Spenard, Begin, Guillaume Rheault, Kealey Cummings, Therrien and Troy Columbus each scored for the Eskis in the middle period.
The score after 40 minutes was 8-1.
The Eskis rubbed more salt into the Blue Devils’ wounds just seven minutes into the final period, when Columbus scored his second, a shorthanded marker.
The Blue Devils scored two quick goals to give them a bit of life, before Eskis Daniel Villeneuve dropped anchor, scoring his team’s 10th goal.
His teammate Corey Tozzi scored for his team a few minutes later, making it 11-3.
The Eskis host the Sudbury Cubs on Saturday in Iroquois Falls and will be looking to close their gap on the division leaders.
Game time is 7:30 p.m.