NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2013
3-point night for Rust as Gold Miners improve to 9-1
SUDBURY – Austin Rust tallied twice and added an assist to help lead the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners to a 5-2 victory over the Sudbury Nickel Barons Wednesday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play at McClelland Arena.
After a scoreless opening period the visiting Gold Miners erupted for four goals in the middle session as they took a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Rust put Kirkland Lake on the board at the 55-second mark while Steven Babin extended the cushion just 23 seconds later.
Martin Jolicoeur pulled Sudbury to within one at 4:06 only to see the Miners tack on two more courtesy of Jake Zarzycki and Rust to seize control.
Mathieu Lecompte then added a third period play marker in the in the final frame to extend the margin before the Nickel Barons’ Guillaume Rheault rounded out the night’s scoring with 4:39 remaining.
Babin joined Rust with a three-point to retake the league scoring lead with 22 total points on the season while also extending a consecutive game point streak to 10.
Kenny Fitzgerald made 23 stops to pick up the win helping his side improve to 9-1 on the season and move back into a first place tie in the NOJHL standings with the 9-2 Soo Thunderbirds as both club now sit with 18 points with Kirkland Lake holding one game in hand.
Andrew Lefebvre faced 34 shots in a losing cause for Sudbury who dropped to 3-9 on the campaign.