Chiddenton collects 3 points as Timmins takes NOJHL preseason opener over Kirkland Lake

KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. – Rhys Chiddenton collected the game-winning goal and dished out two assists to lead the Timmins Rock to a 4-1 triumph over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Wednesday evening in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s preseason opener held at Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.

Following a scoreless first frame, Chiddenton helped to get the Rock rolling as he set-up Owen Shier 14:06 into the middle stanza during a Timmins man advantage opportunity.

He then notched the eventual difference maker a couple minutes later as he finished off a Josh Dickson feed.

The visitors extended their lead early in the final session compliments of a Dickson marker before Ryan Twigg made it 4-0 Rock with 3:34 to go.

Kirkland Lake did get one back late, via the power play, in the final minute of the match-up as Ryan Hunter scored with the Gold Miners up a skater at 19:34.

Rock goaltender Vance Meyer was nearly flawless between the pipes for his side making 30 saves en route to earning the victory.

Kohl Reddy faced 26 shots in defeat in net for the Gold Miners.

The Gold Miners are back at it Thursday as they take on the Cochrane Crunch in a neutral site affair that will be held at Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls. Game time is 7 p.m

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