Gold Miners roll over Rock

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KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. – The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners used the strength of a five-goal second period to help them roll over the Timmins Rock 9-4 Thursday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.

Timmins got off the board first in this one via the power play as Jared Hester found the back of the net at 6:36.

Kirkland Lake countered that by tying it midway through the stanza on Dalton Anderson’s fourth of the season and then took the lead before the frame was complete thanks to a Joel Fortin shorthanded marker at 12:49.

Brayden Stortz made in 3-1 just 40 seconds into the middle session as he picked up a man advantage marker.

The Rock’s Cole Gilligan brought the visitors back to within one at 2:09, but the Gold Miners then erupted for four tallies less than six minutes apart to take control of the game.

A.J. Rupert, Logan Fredericks, Evan Bidenti and Konnor Madsen accounted for the Gold Miners goals in that span.

The Eskis’ Zachary Kercz connected on the power play at 12:52 to make it a 7-3 count after two periods of play.

The tallies kept coming in the third starting with another by Stortz at 10:01 while the home side was up a man.

Fortin added another power play marker for the Gold Miners on the next shift while Gilligan notched one more for Timmins at 12:33 to conclude the night’s scoring.

Bidenti finished with three assists as well for the winning side to give him a four-point night on an evening where 13 other Kirkland Lake skaters also got on the score sheet.

Tyler Mazzocato made 16 stops to record the win for the Gold Miners with Matthew Nixon facing 40 shots in defeat for the Rock.

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