NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
Gold Miners outlast Nickel Barons in NOJHL play
SUDBURY – The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners used the strength of a four-goal second period to help propel them to a 6-4 victory over the Sudbury Nickel Barons Wednesday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at McClelland Arena.
Each side would strike twice in the opening session with Kyle Bishop and Austin Rust connecting for the Gold Miners with Josh Moore and Jimmy Roy countering for the Nickel Barons.
Samuel Wilbur made it 3-2 Kirkland Lake 35 seconds into the middle session while teammate Everett Thompson increased the cushion three minutes later.
Kirkland Lake tacked on two more tallies 29 seconds apart to go up four thanks to Jeremy Picard-Fiset and Ryan Scherer.
Sudbury made a game of it in the final frame to make it interesting starting off Roy’s second of the night midway through the third to make it 6-3.
August Jarecki added a power play marker at 13:08 to pull Sudbury closer, but they could not draw any nearer as the Gold Miners held on for the triumph.
Wilbur also finished with three assists for Kirkland Lake as well to complete a four-point night.
Jeremy Pominville made 31 stops to secure the victory for the visitors.
Michael Muzyka started for the Nickel Barons playing 40 minutes and suffering the loss allowing six against on 24 attempts while Andrew Lefebvre turned aside all 11 attempts he faced in a period of relief.
League play resumes Friday with Kirkland Lake at home to Espanola while Elliot Lake entertains North Bay in a pair of 7:30 p.m. starts.