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SUDBURY, Ont. – A well-balanced attack saw the Blind River Beavers get goals from five different skaters as part of a 5-2 decision over the Timmins Rock in Day 2 play of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Showcase at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.
An early marker helped Blind River get on the board two and a half minutes into the match-up, thanks to Bryce Burnett, who was left with a tap-in following a misplay behind the net by Timmins starter Dryden Riley.
Tacking on another later in the first period as Jakub Kovacs chipped the puck around a defender along the side boards, then darted in before sending a pass across to a hard-charging Michael Gallagher in the slot, who cut in and ripped a shot by the glove of the Rock goalkeeper.
The Beavers’ power play then went to work in the middle stanza as they moved the puck around nicely before getting it to Josh Thompson who cruised into the left circle and ripped a short side rocket into the top corner. at 6:09.
Breaking it open early in the third, Blind River struck twice 28 seconds apart to help secure the triumph.
Sergy Suschenko began the rapid outburst by knocking one in while parked at the top of the crease.
They then came right back on a Josh Robinson effort as he completed a splendid give-and-go, on a two-on-one, with Brendan Cooke that left Riley little chance on.
Timmins did break the shutout bid of the Beavers’ Noah Tegelaar when Liam Wells led a rush then pulled up with a nice spin move and fired a shot past a blocked out netminder.
The Timmins forward then added another at 14:20, when they were up a skater, and saw Wells lift a shot from the left side over the shoulder of Tegelaar, off a nice feed from Harry Clark, to round out the scoring.
Earning player of the game laurels were defenceman Adam Prax of Blind River and Wells for his club.
With the outcome, the Beavers raise their record to a solid 8-2-0-0, while with the loss, the Rock fall to 3-6-1-0.