KL Gold Miners pick up two straight victories
KIRKLAND LAKE - The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners headed into this week’s NOJHL Showcase event on a high note with two straight wins.
This past Saturday The Miners picked up two goals from Linden Namagoose, including the gamewinner, to help them skate to a 3-1 victory over the Timmins Rock at the Joe .
After picking up three points Friday in a home win over Blind River, Marshal Nikitin scored for a third straight outing to help the Gold Miners strike first.
Namagoose then tacked on his first two NOJHL markers three minutes apart to put Kirkland Lake up by three.
Timmins cut into the deficit midway through the match-up as Austin Petrie scored for a second straight outing to make it 3-1 with half a game to play.
Gold Miners’ netminder Ryan Winter shut the door the rest of the however and was the winning goaltender on the night making 21 saves overall as Kirkland Lake ran a modest unbeaten streak to three with the triumph.
Brendan Bishop suffered the loss seeing 25 shots against for the Rock.
Zach Bannister dished out two assists to aid the home side’s cause while Gabriel Rheault also picked up a helper to extend a consecutive game point streak to seven.
On Friday, The Miners picked up a pair of goals, including the gamewinner, from Marshal Nikitin to help them slip past the Blind River Beavers 3-2 in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League matchup Friday at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.
Converting on a advantage opportunity in the first period allowed the Gold Miners to strike midway through the opening frame as Tyler Fyfe fired in his fourth of the season. Assisting on the marker were Nikitin and Gabriel Rheault with the latter running a point streak to six with the helper.
It stayed that way until 14:16 of the middle stanza when Blind River struck shorthanded for the equalizer thanks to Max MacNaull’s first NOJHL goal.
A flurry of activity in the final minute of the second period saw each team pick-up markers as the Beavers’ Caleb Serre supplied his eighth of the season at 19:28 only to see the Gold Miners’ Nikitin connect just 10 seconds later to knot the affair at 2-2 after two.
Nikitin then added his third point of the night 45 seconds into the third as he finished off the work of Fyfe and Rheault during an early power play to provide the deciding tally on the night.
Fyfe and Rheault both chipped in with two assists with the Kirkland Lake trio combining for eight points in the victory.
Cade McEwen picked up the decision for the Gold Miners making 31 stops overall while Blind River’s Garret Boyonoski made 28 saves in a losing cause for the Beavers.