NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Release Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Kirkland Lake goes up 3-0 in series vs. North Bay
MATTAWA – The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners are one win away from advancing to the semifinals in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs.
Kirkland Lake took a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven quarter-final series with the North Bay Trappers after skating to a 5-2 triumph Monday night at Mike Rodden Arena in Mattawa.
Gold Miners’ defenceman Luke Meade scored for a third straight game to put his side in front just 34 seconds after the opening face-off.
Two minutes later another K-L blueliner, in Jonathon Langford, made it 2-0 beating North Bay goalkeeper Evan Cormier.
The Trappers responded midway through the first as Ryan Demyen finished off the work of Chance Thomas and Eric Champagne.
A couple shifts later North Bay tied it as Duane Wainman’s effort eluded Kenny Fitzgerald in the Kirkland Lake net.
The Miners took the lead for good with 30 seconds remaining in the period as Austin Rust notched the eventual game-winner.
Damon MacEachern then made it 4-2 7:38 into the middle session putting the Gold Miners up a pair after 40 minutes.
Langford eventually iced it 15 seconds left with his second of the night to conclude the night’s scoring.
Samuel Wilbur dished out a pair of assists to aid the offensive cause for the winners.
Fitzgerald finished up recording the victory making 47 save while Cormier suffered the loss as he made 31 stops.
North Bay will look to stave off elimination while Kirkland Lake will look to wrap-up the series in game 4, which goes Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. back in Mattawa.
QUARTER-FINAL SERIES B
No. 2 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners vs. No. 7 North Bay Trappers
Gold Miners lead best-of-seven series 3-0
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: March 18 @ Mattawa 7 p.m.
Game 5*: March 21 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m.
Game 6*: March 22 @ Mattawa 7 p.m.
Game 7*: March 24 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m.