GALLERY: Rock earn split vs. Crunch in Iroquois Falls



Release Date: Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Rock earn split vs. Crunch in Iroquois Falls

IROQUOIS FALLS, Ont. – A Linden Spencer power play goal 7:17 into the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Timmins Rock edged the Cochrane Crunch 4-3 Sunday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League preseason play at Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls.

Timmins opened the scoring in the neutral site affair 13:55 into the first period off a nice move from Spencer coming off the near boards and beating Crunch starter Kyle Henderson.

The Rock notched another before the frame was complete compliments of a Wayne Mathieu effort at 19:28.

Cochrane’s Kyle Podwika struck twice quickly less than a minute apart near the seven-minute mark of the middle session to knot the affair at 2-2.

Timmins regained their late in the period as Grant McClellan picked up his first of the preseason to put the Rock back on top during a man advantage opportunity.

Up a skater in the final stanza, Spencer collected his second goal of the contest converting on the power play to put Timmins up 4-2 with 12:43 to go.

The Crunch pulled back to within one as Pokwicka finished off a hat trick with 63 seconds left in regulation, but that’s as close as they would get as the Rock held on for the victory.

Alex Brisson dished out a pair of assists in the loss for Cochrane.

Eric Jackson made 34 stops to register the win for Timmins while Henderson faced 23 attempts in defeat for the Crunch.

Next up on the NOJHL exhibition slate has the French River Rapids hosting the Espanola Express Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Noelville Arena.