KL Gold Min­ers pick up two straight vic­to­ries

Northern News (Kirkland Lake) - - SPORTS - BRAD SHER­RATT

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.

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