Third period rally propels Nickel Barons past Gold Miners



Release Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012

Third period rally propels Nickel Barons past Gold Miners

SUDBURY – The Sudbury Nickel Barons scored four unanswered third period goals en route to a 7-4 victory over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Wednesday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at McClelland Arena.

Leading the way for Sudbury in the win was the trio of Sebastien Leroux, Martin Jolicoeur and Darcy Haines who combined for 15 points in the triumph.

Kirkland Lake took a 2-1 lead after one period of play courtesy of two power play markers by Steven Babin sandwiched around a Leroux effort, which was part of a two-tally, four-assist effort by the Sudbury forward.

Each side would find the back of the net twice in the middle frame with Jolicoeur and David Lazarus striking for the Nickel Barons while Connor McNally and Francis Desforges countering for the Gold Miners.

With the visitors holding on to a 4-3 lead near the midway point of the final stanza the home side struck for tallies 15 seconds apart by Haines and Leroux to tie it and then take the lead for good.

Jolicoeur added some insurance at 11:57 to finish off a five-point evening before Scott Sirkka iced it with a late empty-net effort to round out the night’s scoring.

Alex Laino made 31 saves between the pipes for Sudbury to pick up the win helping his side improve to 12-9 on the campaign.

Kirkland Lake starter Chris Komma faced 31 attempts in a losing cause with Marc Audet stopping the only shot he faced in a brief five-minute second period relief appearance for the Gold Miners who dropped to 12-8-0-1.

NOJHL play resumes Friday on three fronts as Sudbury travels to North Bay, Kirkland Lake hosts Blind River and Sault Ste. Marie visits Elliot Lake.