NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Gold Miners complete sweep of Trappers
MATTAWA – The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners broke open a one-goal game with four late third period markers to defeat the North Bay Trappers 6-1 Tuesday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League playoff action at Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
With the victory the Gold Miners win the best-of-seven quarter-final series 4-0 and now advance to the NOJHL semifinals vs. a yet to be determined opponent.
Kirkland Lake got on the board early as Damon McEachern scored just 15 seconds after the opening face-off.
North Bay responded with a goal from C.J. Nicholson midway through the stanza to tie things up heading into the middle session.
In the second the Gold Miners struck quickly again as Samuel Wilbur found the back of the net with the eventual game-winner, coming at the 23-second mark of the frame.
Kirkland Lake then blew the game open late in the contest thanks to a pair of tallies from Zach Pease along with solo efforts by Wilbur and Steven Babin to round out the scoring and complete the sweep of the Trappers.
Jeremy Pominville made 32 saves to register the victory for the Gold Miners who fired 44 shots on North Bay’s Evan Cormier, who suffered the loss.
NOJHL postseason play continues Wednesday as the Sudbury Nickel Barons look to stave-off elimination at the hands of the Espanola Rivermen in game 4 of their quarter-final series, which goes at 7:30 p.m. at the T.M. Davies Community Centre in Walden.
Espnaola leads the best-of-seven affair 3-0 and would close out the series with a win.
QUARTER-FINAL SERIES B
No. 2 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners vs. No. 7 North Bay Trappers
Gold Miners win best-of-seven series 4-0
Game 1: Kirkland Lake 3 North Bay 1
Game 2: Kirkland Lake 5 North Bay 2
Game 3: Kirkland Lake 5 North Bay 2
Game 4: Kirkland Lake 6 North Bay 1