Min­ers take on Crunch twice this week­end

Northern News (Kirkland Lake) - - SPORTS -

Af­ter start­ing the sea­son with a split last week­end, the Kirk­land Lake Gold Min­ers are back on the ice tonight.

The Min­ers are up in Cochrane for the first of a home-and-home. Head Coach Ryan Wood stated it has been a good week of prac­tices. He said they are con­tin­u­ing to work on the de­fen­sive side of the game. He feels it is very im­por­tant to be de­fen­sively sound and tak­ing care of their end of the ice is the most im­por­tant pri­or­ity.

The two teams met in the Po­lar Bear Clas­sic pre-sea­son tour­na­ment. Wood says the Crunch is a good skat­ing team that likes to stretch the ice. He points out his play­ers will have to make sure that Cochrane doesn’t get be­hind them.

In terms of goal­tend­ing, Wood has not made a de­fin­i­tive choice but seems to be lean­ing to­wards start­ing Ryan Win­ter for tonight’s con­test. Last week­end Win­ter posted a 3-0 shut out against French River, stop­ping all 24 saves that he faced.

In terms of the in­jury front goalie Jesse Hodg­son skated this week but a date for his re­turn has not been de­ter­mined. Tonight’s game is slated for a 7:30 start at the Tim Hor­ton Events Cen­ter. Satur­day’s game at The Joe goes at 7 p.m.

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