TIMMINS, Ont. – The Powassan Voodoos answered back from an early two-goal deficit by notching three unanswered markers and pulling out a 3-2 come from behind victory over the Timmins Rock Thursday evening in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League first-place affair at McIntyre Arena in front of 982 spectators.
With the result, Powassan improves to 37-7-1-0 overall and gives them 75 points, which is one more than 36-9-1-1 Timmins in the race for top spot overall in the league standings.
The Voodoos also hold two games in hand on the Rock.
Timmins came out strong and skated out to a 2-0 cushion before the contest was 10 minutes old.
Josh Dickson got the home side going offensively at 7:53 as he collected his 24th tally of the campaign with help from Derek Seguin and Eric Moreau, as he scored for a third straight outing.
On the man advantage, the Rock connected again a couple of shifts later as former Voodoos’ forward Gabinien Kioki clicked on the power play.
Up a skater themselves, Powassan cut into the deficit at 13:23 as Joe Whittet supplied his career single-season-best 18th to make it a 2-1 game after one period of play.
It remained tightly contested through a scoreless second stanza as the hosts carried their slim cushion into the final frame.
In the third though, Powassan drew level nearly five minutes in with Eric Mondoux netting the equalizer at 4:55.
The visitors then capped off their comeback with 12:31 remaining in regulation thanks to Jacob Peterson-Galema as his sixth of 2019-20 proved to be his initial game-winning goal.
Voodoos starter Owen Say came up big when called upon, making 33 saves to register his NOJHL-leading 25th win of the season against just two defeats.
Timmis goaltender Tyler Masternak faced 26 attempts in defeat.
The two teams will still meet twice more before the regular season concludes as they’ll tangle Valentine’s Day in Powassan and back at The Mac, one week later, on Feb. 21.
Game Photos courtesy of Thomas Perry, The Daily Press (Timmins)