TIMMINS, Ont. – Getting two goals apiece from Ryan Armitage and Liam Wells, the Timmins Rock went on to trounce the Iroquois Falls Storm 8-1 Friday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at McIntyre Arena in front of 1,068 fans.
Going to the power play moments into the match-up, Timmins capitalized quickly after moving the play around then seeing Brant Romaniuk, parked in front, redirect a Feliz Cadieux-Fredette shot from the point by Iroquois Falls starter Alexis Mongrain, just 31 seconds in.
The Rock kept coming and added another half-way through the period and saw Armitage notch his initial NOJHL marker and he slid in a rebound off the pad of Mongrain off a low Pavlo Kobikov attempt.
Taking a 3-0 lead to the intermission, Wells powered his way out from the end boards and ripped one top shelf from the right of Mongrain.
Timmins kept it going in the middle stanza, putting four past Connor Dunham-Fox who took over the net for the Storm to begin the frame.
Lucas Lowe got the fourth marker by finishing off a goal-mouth scramble as backhanded in his first of the season, with bodies piled up in front.
Building on that, Kaeden McArthur made it 5-0 a couple of shifts later as he stuffed in a wraparound at 6:21.
After forcing a turnover, Armitage benefitted from it by bagging his second of the evening, before Wells also added another as he lifted in a rebound off a Nolan Ring attempt.
The final frame saw the onslaught continue when a falling Kobikov picked up his initial NOJHL marker by whipping a shot into the left corner at 3:20.
Iroquois Falls would dash the bid of a first NOJHL shutout for rookie netminder Dryden Riley with under four minutes to play when Joey Blouin collected his opening league tally as he redirected in a pass in front by teammate Charlie Crump.
That would complete the evening’s scoring as the Rock got back into the win column, improving to 4-6-1-0 overall, while in defeat, the Storm fell to 4-7-0-0.
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