NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
NOJHL NETWORK MEDIA UPDATE
Release Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
Big night for Milner leads Crunch over Canadians
COCHRANE, Ont. – The Cochrane Crunch broke open a tie game with four third period tallies to defeat the Rayside-Balfour Canadians 6-3 Friday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at the Tim Horton Event Centre.
Aviv Milner was an offensive catalyst for Cochrane on the night scoring once before doling out three assists in the final frame to pace the Crunch offensively.
Rayside-Balfour began things offensively before the contest was two minutes old on a Kyle Fransen effort.
Milner tied it for the home side at 16:54 before teammate Zack Anderson put Cochrane in front with just six seconds remaining in the stanza.
The lone marker of the middle frame was supplied by the Canadians’ Otis Goldman as he converted during a man advantage opportunity at 11:52.
The Crunch regained the lead with a power play marker of their own early in the third off the stick of captain Connor Lovie then added one at even strength just over minute later thanks to Seamus Maguire.
Cochrane kept coming and made it 5-2 with 8:16 remaining as Brenden Van Sweden collected his 10th since joining the club.
Brandon Workun’s first goal of the season added to the cushion before Rayside-Balfour wrapped up the scoring with three minutes left on an extra man effort from Jayme Forslund.
Dustin Cordeiro and Jon Marzec dished out two assists apiece for the Crunch as did Matthew Neault of the Canadians.
Shots on goal in the contest favoured Cochrane by a 46-26 margin with Brett Young picking up his league-leading 25th win of the season.
MacKenzie Savard suffered the loss for Rayside-Balfour.