Timmins outlasts Iroquois Falls in NOJHL Showcase



Release Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016

Photo credit: Miranda Zilkowsky

Timmins outlasts Iroquois Falls in NOJHL Showcase

SUDBURY, Ont. – The Timmins Rock got a pair of goals and an assist from Jordan Rendle along with a tally and two helpers to help them outlast the Iroquois Falls Eskis 7-5 Wednesday in Game 8 of the NOJHL Showcase at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

Timmins carried the majority of play in the opening 10 minutes of the first and was rewarded with the day’s opening tally as Alexandre Brisson chipped the puck over a sprawled Trevor Hawkes in the Eskis net from the top of the crease at 10:48.

Iroquois Falls was quick to respond however as they came and notched the equalizer as Dillan Bruce finished some nice work along with teammate Shadow Reuben 66 seconds later to make it 1-1 after one.

The Rock went back on top early in the second stanza when Jordan Rendle fired a crisp cross-crease pass to an open Wayne Mathieu, who tapped in the go-ahead tally.

Battling back Iroquois Falls battled back with markers from Jack Speer, via the power play, at 7:27 and Kyle Sutherland two and a half minutes later as the Eskis took a 3-2 lead.

The back and forth affairs swayed back in Timmins favour later in the period with Rendle and Jacob Shankar striking nine seconds apart to go in front 4-3 heading into the third.

Early in the third the Rock went up by a pair on another nice play as Marcus Blackned laid a perfect pass over to Tyler Romain who calmly slipped the puck into a yawning Eskis cage.

David Osborne had one on the power play got one back for Iroquois Falls on the power play at 5:13 but Rendle came back on the next shift and added one for Timmins.

Osborne notched another extra man effort at 18:11 however the Rock iced it with an empty netter from Cunningham late to round out the scoring.

Caleb Barris made 23 saves to pick up the win for Timmins. Matt Nixon also made six stops in 10 minutes of relief.

Trevor Hawkes started for the Eskis and suffered the loss stopping 27 of 33 with Artem Bortovskiy handled one chance in a brief spell in goal.