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GALLERY: Savignac secures 3 in Blind River triumph over Cochrane

BLIND RIVER, Ont. – Devon Savignac scored three times to record his second hat trick of the season in helping lead the Blind River Beavers to an 8-3 triumph over the Cochrane Crunch in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action Friday evening at the Blind River Community Centre.

Special teams saw each side strike shorthanded in the first frame to commence the evening’s scoring.

Nicholas Grandy’s man-down effort put Cochrane in front at 7:09 only to see the Beavers’ Caleb Serre do likewise a few shifts later as he notched his NOJHL-leading 31st tally of the campaign to level the proceedings.

Blind River then took the lead at 15:37 of the first period when Savignac picked up his first of the evening.

He then tallied twice in the first portion of the middle session to put the Beavers up 4-1 with half a game to play as he collected goals nine and 10 on the season.

Tyson Moore cut into the deficit for the Crunch at 9:16, only to see Blind River’s Blake McNally notch his initial marker in his league debut three minutes later.

Answering that, Cochrane’s Michael Mizerak picked up his opening NOJHL goal 60 seconds later to make it a 5-3 game after two.

The Beavers then put the game away in the third as Tyler Nott, with two, and one from Kyle Quinn capped off the Beavers’ victory.

Savignac also chipped in with an assist for a four-night night while McNally, Jake Behnen and Bryan Classey added two helpers apiece.

Shots on net were 48 apiece with Jackson Hjelle recording the win while Tomi Gagnon suffered the defeat.