HOOKSETT, N.H. – An Aiden Wagner overtime tally lifted the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League to a 4-3 victory over the New Hampshire Avalanche Saturday as part of the Eastern Hockey League Showcase at Ice Den Arena.
The EHL Showcase which featured games having two, 25-minute periods, saw Kirkland Lake hold the edge in the opening session as they outscored the Avalanche 2-1.
A man advantage opportunity helped the Gold Miners begin the scoring when Hunter Foreshew scored with assists going to Gregory Trudeau-Paquet and Joshua Maine at 15:39.
After New Hampshire’s Jake Blackwell tied it four minutes later, Trudeau-Paquet countered just over a minute later to put his side back in front with helpers going to Wagner and Sam Ellwood.
The home side then drew level seven and a half minutes into the final stanza courtesy of Devin Pepe before taking their first lead just after a Kirkland Lake penalty had expired as Nick Ritmo deflected Colin Tracy left point shot at 15:39.
Following a face off win in the latter stages of regulation the NOJHL side picked up the equalizer as Quinn Schneidmiller fired a pass from the left boards that was neatly redirected in by Maine to help force extra time with 2:21 to go.
In the OT, Trudeau-Paquet picked up his third point of the contest as he darted into the Avalanche zone and fired a shot that was not contained allowing Wagner to stuff in the rebound for the game-winner at 3:14 from close range.
Splitting the netminding duties, Dawson Rodin played the first frame for Kirkland Lake making 16 stops while Gregory Brassard finished up as he handled 16 of 18 in relief and picked up the win.
The club also visited four NCAA campuses during their trip while touring the hockey facilities and given talks by coaching staff members from Utica College, Trinity College, Southern New Hampshire University and Division I University of Connecticut.
Wrapping up the event with a 3-0 record, the Gold Miners will now enter their holiday break before returning to NOJHL action on January 4th as they host the French River Rapids at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.