Thunderbirds and Gold Miners continue winning ways



Release Date: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Thunderbirds and Gold Miners continue winning ways

SUDBURY – Two of the hottest teams in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League in the Soo Thunderbirds and Kirkland Lake Gold Miners continued their winning ways Friday by posting home ice victories.

SOO THUNDERBIRDS 8 ELLIOT LAKE BOBCATS 0 – It was all Soo in this one as they rolled over the Bobcats at Essar Centre improving to 7-0-1 in their past eight.

Adam Ritchie has a big night for the T-Birds scoring once and dishing out three assists while Darcy Casola tallied twice and set-up another in the romp.

Derek Battagin and Brandon Warmington chipped in with a pair of markers apiece with Anthony Miller supplying a single for the Soo who held intermission leads of 2-0 and 5-0.

Steven Dombrowski stopped all 25 shots he faced to register his first NOJHL shutout as the league-leading Thunderbirds raised their record to 10-1-1-2.

Cory Simic was peppered with 40 shots in a losing cause for the Bobcats who slipped to 3-10 on the year.

KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS 4 BLIND RIVER BEAVERS 3 (2OT) – Jonathon Dionne’s goal 1:42 into the second overtime lifted Kirkland Lake to the hard-fought triumph over Blind River as the Gold Miners won for the fourth time in five outings.

Samuel Wilbur opened the scoring for the Beavers with a power play marker 8:36 into the contest only to see Royce King level the proceedings in the late stages of the first period.

An early Paul Muio goal put Blind River back on top in the middle frame only to see King strike again burying the equalizer with just two seconds remaining in the stanza.

Jordan Briand gave Kirkland Lake their first lead of the night at 3:18 of the third, but a persistent Beavers side forced extra time with Tyler Brown striking with just five seconds remaining in regulation.

Following a scoreless first five-minute OT session Dionne would end it with the two squads skating three players aside.

Chris Komma made 31 saves to register the victory for the Gold Miners who moved into third spot in the NOJHL standings with 8-5-0-1 record, one point ahead of fourth place Sudbury.

Aaron Cormier finished with 36 stops allowing Blind River to pick up a point as their overall record went to 3-7-1-2.