GALLERY: Timmins slams suddenly slumping Thunderbirds



Release Date: Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Timmins slams suddenly slumping Thunderbirds

TIMMINS, Ont. – The Timmins Rock broke open a one-goal game with six unanswered markers in the third period as they slammed the Soo Thunderbirds 8-1 Sunday afternoon in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League matinee at McIntyre Arena.

An early man advantage opportunity allowed the Rock to get on the board first as Jordan Rendle notched his fourth of the season two and a half minutes into the contest.

Sault Ste. Marie replied with the equalizer a couple shifts later compliments of Keenan Eddy’s sixth goal as a member of the Thunderbirds.

The power play allowed Timmins to regain the lead at 16:30 of the first when Marcus Blackned notched the eventual game-winner as the home side went in front for good.

After a scoreless middle stanza, the Rock busted it open in the third with that six-tally barrage to earn the one-sided decision.

Blackned started the final frame outburst with his second of the day at 1:19 before Cole Gilligan got one 56 seconds later.

Timmins kept coming and added man advantage efforts at 10:41 from Rendle and Tyler Romain at 11:34 while Stewart Parnell scored one at even strength less than a minute later after that.

Nicholas Hautanen they finished things off with his third of the year in the latter stages to wrap up the scoring on the afternoon.

In all 12 different skaters picked up at least one point for the Rock in the contest.

First-year Rock netminder Caleb Harris made 34 stops to raise his record to 5-0-0-0 while his club moved to 7-2-0-0 in the league standings.

As for the Thunderbirds, they dropped their third straight game and fourth overall on the road as they fell to 8-5-0-0 on the campaign.

Brandon Gordon faced 30 attempts in a losing cause for the Soo.