NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
Gold Miners set franchise record for victories with win over Trappers
NORTH BAY – Tanner Lafrance and Andrew Bertand both tallied twice to help lift the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners to a 4-1 road victory over the North Bay Trappers Saturday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play at Pete Palangio Arena.
The win was the 26th of the season for the Gold Miners, which sets a new franchise record for victories in a season breaking the 25 the club had last season under NOJHL coach of the year Marc Lafleur.
Lafrance would open the scoring in this one beating North Bay netminder Evan Cormier 5:19 after the opening face-off.
After Eric Champagne connected on the power play to level the proceedings midway through the opening session, Bertand and Lafrance added later tallies before the stanza was complete to put the visitors up a pair after 20 minutes.
Neither side found the back of the net in the second period while Bertrand added some insurance in the third at 9:47.
Kyle Bishop dished out three assists to aid the offensive cause of the winning side.
Jeremy Pominville picked up the win making 28 saves overall for Kirkland Lake who peppered Cormier with 50 shots in the contest.
Two other NOJHL contests are slated for this evening have Sault Ste. Marie and Blind River squaring off in Thessalon in a neutral site affair while Abitibi is at home vs. Sudbury.