TIMMINS, Ont. – The Timmins Rock rode the strength of three power play goals to help them top the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 5-3 Friday night in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League get together at McIntyre Arena.
A man advantage helped Timmins strike first, seven and half minutes into things, as Thomas Beard went to the backhand and lifted in a loose puck in front of Kirkland Lake netminder Trent Boryszczuk.
Up a skater once more, aided in putting the Rock up 2-0 at 12:29 with Lucas Lowe chipping one over a sprawled Boryszczuk, off a point shot from Sam Gallagher.
Getting one back less than a minute later, the Gold Miners’ Benjamin Armatage forced a turnover in the neutral zone, then went hard to the net after a pass across from Noah Woodard and slammed in a rebound into the open side on goalkeeper Patrick Boivin.
Moving to the middle frame, Timmins tacked on a pair, 20 seconds apart, to go up by three.
The Rock’s third of the evening came when Gallagher joined a pile of bodies in close and lifted in another for his club by getting it over a sprawled Boryszczuk during a goal-mouth scramble.
They then saw Kaeden McArthur connect right after that as he banged in a bouncing puck fired by Gallagher that came off the end boards and back out.
Kirkland Lake countered with a power play tally from Jacob Lamoureux moments later as he pumped one top shelf from the left circle on Boivin.
Trading late man advantage efforts to round out the scoring, with Liam Wells jamming in a loose puck for Timmins while Armatage collected his second of the night for Kirkland Lake, by burying a Joseph Bastien-Picard cross-ice feed at 17:14 to round out the scoring.
The win sees the Rock move to 16-8-2-0 overall while with the loss, the Gold Miners fell to 6-15-3-1.