O’Bonsawin strikes late to help Canadians get past Rock

CHELMSFORD, Ont. – A Ryan O’Bonsawin goal with just four seconds remaining in regulation lifted the Rayside-Balfour Canadians to a 3-2 triumph over the Timmins Rock Sunday evening in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League contest at Chelmsford Arena.

After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, Timmins broke the ice during a second period power play as Jared Hester picked up his fourth marker of the season, which came at 12:19.

Kyle Liinimaa scored for a third consecutive game nearly six minutes into the third to put the home side on the board before teammate James White put Rayside-Balfour in front with 9:34 left in regulation.

However, down a man the Rock came back with the equalizer at 13:07 as Wayne Mathieu struck shorthanded to knot the affair at 2-2.

Then with time running down and overtime looming, O’Bonsawin was the hero in the late going for the Canadians as he provided game-winner before the period expired to give Rayside-Balfour the victory in dramatic fashion.

He also assisted on the first two goals for his club to finish off a three-point night.

Jean-Marc Brisson picked up the win making 39 stops along the way while Eric Jackson suffered the late loss in seeing 40 shots along the way.

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