NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
Gold Miners hand Nickel Barons 4th consecutive loss
SUDBURY – The visiting Kirkland Lake Gold Miners scored three times on the power play en route to a 5-3 triumph over the Sudbury Nickel Barons Wednesday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at McClelland Arena.
Gold Miners’ assistant captain Royce King was quick to give his side the lead as he notched his second goal of the season just 1:01 into the contest with a shot that beat Nickel Barons’ starter Michael Muzyka.
David Lazarus leveled the score five minutes later for Sudbury only to see Kirkland Lake tack on man advantage markers from Jonathon Dionne and Matt Schwehr to go up 3-1 after 20 minutes.
The middle frame saw the two sides exchange tallies with Jeremy Picard-Fiset scoring for the Miners and Lazarus netting his second of the night for the Barons.
After Lazurus finished off a hat-trick with 8:34 remaining to bring Sudbury within one, Everett Thompson iced it with a late power play effort to round out the scoring.
King tacked on a pair of assists as well in the triumph to cap-off a three-point night.
Chris Komma made 23 saves to pick up the win for Kirkland Lake who improved to 7-5-0-1.
Muzyka had 24 saves in a losing cause for the Nickel Barons as they dropped their fourth game in succession after starting the campaign 8-0.
GAME NOTES – NOJHL leading scorer Darcy Haines had an 11-game point streak snapped in the loss while Sudbury teammate Sebastien Leroux had a 10-game run dashed. … Kirkland Lake scored the game’s first goal for the fourth consecutive outing. …Two of the four losses the Nickel Barons have incurred have come at the hands of the Gold Miners, who improved to 2-1 vs. Sudbury on the season. … Kirkland Lake returns to the ice Friday at home as they host Blind River at 7:30 p.m.. … The Nickel Barons next game goes Oct. 24 as Abitibi pays a 7:30 p.m. visit to McClelland Arena.