Menary posts shutout as Wildcats blank Express

ELLIOT LAKE, Ont. – The Elliot Lake Wildcats saw goaltender Allan Menary handle all 24 shots he faced to record his fifth Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League shutout Thursday night in a 5-0 blanking of the Espanola Express at Centennial Arena.

Josh Armstrong supplied the eventual game-winner 4:21 into the first period to send Elliot Lake on their way.

Armstrong added another five and a half minutes into the middle session before Nick Long connected on a power play chance at 12:22 to put the Wildcats up by three after two periods of play.

Evan Spencer, during a man advantage, midway through the third added some insurance for Elliot Lake before Jacob Kelly iced it with his 15th goal of the season at 11:14.

Menary did the rest in posting the shutout while David Elford chipped in with two assists in the win.

Jacob Hutchings was busy in defeat for Espanola seeing 54 shots fired his way throughout the contest.