Canadians rally late to edge Rock



Release Date: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

Canadians rally late to edge Rock

SUDBURY – The Rayside-Balfour Canadians got a pair of goals in the latter stages of the third period to rally for a 5-4 come from behind victory over the Timmins Rock Saturday night in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League preseason game held at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

It was Timmins who jumped out to a two-goal lead after the opening session getting a power play tally from Devin Panzeca at 4:11 as well as an Andrew Castagna even strength effort at 17:01.

Gabriel Rheault put the Canadians on the board at 6:14 of the middle session only to see Panzeca counter with his second of the evening just over a minute later.

Then, quick strikes, 14 seconds apart, by Rayside-Balfour’s Joel Lemay and Owen Fransen levelled the proceedings with half a game to go.

Timmins regained the lead via a man advantage opportunity before the stanza was complete as Jared Hester beat Canadians’ netminder Kevin Labelle at 15:42.

In the third, Rayside-Balfour knotted the score at 4-4 with 7:53 remaining in regulation thanks to Kyle Fransen.

The Canadians then completed the comeback a minute and a half later with Lemay notching his second to finish off the scoring.

Kyle Fransen and Ryan Erickson both supplied two assists each in the triumph with Bain Cunningham having a pair of helpers for the Rock.

Labelle finished 30 stops in securing the win for Rayside-Balfour while Timmins’ Logan Ferrington saw 41 shots fired his way in defeat.