Gold Min­ers roll over Rock

Kirk­land Lake cap­tain Sch­nei­d­miller records three points to lead home side to sweep

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KIRK­LAND LAKE — The Gold Min­ers dumped the Tim­mins Rock 5-1 at the Joe Mavrinac Com­mu­nity Com­plex Thurs­day night to com­plete a sweep of a home-and-home se­ries with their NOJHL East Di­vi­sion ri­vals.

A 5-2 win at the Mcin­tyre Arena Sun­day night had handed the Gold Min­ers the first game of the se­ries.

Rock coach Corey Beer was less than thrilled with the ef­fort put forth by most of his play­ers Thurs­day night.

“It cer­tainly wasn’t the ef­fort we ex­pected, or wanted,” he said.

“That team (the Gold Min­ers) came out real good and for what­ever rea­son we have too many guys on our ros­ter who don’t put in a con­sis­tent ef­fort night-in and night-out. “That’s about to change.” The Rock suf­fered a loss that might dwarf the two points they failed to pick up as for­ward Ste­wart Par­nell was knocked heav­ily into the boards by a Gold Min­ers player dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod and he had to be taken to the hos­pi­tal with an up­per-body in­jury. “I feel so bad for him,” Beer said. “He prob­a­bly had his best off sea­son in terms of train­ing to get him­self ready for the sea­son.

“Our fin­gers are crossed that it is not a se­ri­ous in­jury. Hope­fully, we will know more Fri­day.”

Thurs­day night, Chris­tian Sny­der’s marker just 1:02 into the con­test — his first goal of the sea­son — staked the home side to a 1-0 lead.

Then, be­fore the puck could be dropped to re­sume play, it took more than 20 min­utes for em­ploy­ees of the arena and on-ice of­fi­cials to get one of the doors at the Rock bench to open.

It should be noted that this is the third time in three years that the same door has mal­func­tioned dur­ing a visit by the Rock to the Joe Mavrinac Com­mu­nity Com­plex and that one of the Gold Min­ers as­sis­tant coaches in­di­cated it had been do­ing the same thing all week dur­ing prac­tice.

When play fi­nally re­sumed, the two sides ex­changed a num­ber of scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties but the score re­mained 1-0 in favour of the Gold Min­ers as the two sides headed to their dress­ing rooms for the first in­ter­mis­sion.

Max New­nam’s power-play marker, his third goal of the sea­son, in­creased the Gold Min­ers’ lead to 2-0 at the 6:26 mark of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Less than three min­utes later Jaren De­bolt made it a 3-0 hockey game when he scored his first goal of the sea­son.

Cap­tain Quinn Sch­nei­d­miller’s first goal of the sea­son, mid­way through the frame, put the home side in front by four goals.

Beer opted to call a time­out fol­low­ing the fourth Gold Min­ers goal and lifted start­ing goalie Tyler Master­nak, with Ni­cholas Dicks com­ing on to fin­ish up the game.

The Rock fi­nally got on the score­board with just 16 sec­onds re­main­ing in the pe­riod when he con­verted a cross-crease pass from Ian Elkins for his sec­ond goal of the sea­son.

Trail­ing 4-1 head­ing into the third, the Rock con­tin­ued to press but they were un­able to get any closer.

With the clock tick­ing off the fi­nal few min­utes of the third pe­riod, Dicks dove across his crease and lunged out with his goal stick to rob a Gold Min­ers’ sniper who ap­peared to have an empty net.

The save drew a round of ap­plause from all of the fans in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing those cheer­ing on the Gold Min­ers.

A few sec­onds later, how­ever, Gold Min­ers for­ward Alex Elie de­posited the puck into a wideopen Rock cage on a sim­i­lar play for a power-play marker, his sec­ond goal of the sea­son, to close out the scor­ing.

Beer agreed once the Rock fell be­hind by a pair of goals there was too much in­di­vid­ual play and not enough struc­ture.

“We maybe had five or six guys tonight who played good hockey within our sys­tem,” he said.

“We had too many guys try­ing to do things them­selves, ei­ther self­ishly or be­cause they didn’t have the skill level to pull it off.

“I think we set a record for of­fen­sive zone turnovers with toe drags tonight. That is some­thing that will be cor­rected through video and through rep­e­ti­tion.”

Given that the Rock are off un­til Satur­day, Sept. 22, when they will host the Ray­side-bal­four Cana­di­ans at the Mcin­tyre Arena, there should be plenty of time to cor­rect the is­sues that plagued the team dur­ing the two losses to the Gold Min­ers.

“It will give us a chance to re­ally delve back into things,” Beer said.

“We will look at our­selves from a de­fen­sive stand­point and how we want to at­tack things of­fen­sively.

“At cer­tain points tonight there were glimpses of good of­fence, but over­all our play away from the puck is not where it needs to be out there.”

De­spite the loss, there were a few Rock play­ers Beer sin­gled out for a lit­tle praise fol­low­ing the con­test.

“Derek Seguin and Ri­ley Ro­bitaille were ab­so­lute horses for us out there tonight,” he said.

“Them, Linden Spencer, Josh An­der­son and Ri­ley Brousseau were good.

“The ef­fort level they put in night-in and night-out is un­be­liev­able. Ev­ery shift is con­sis­tent. If we had a team full of those guys, we wouldn’t lose any bat­tles. The rest of our group has to look them­selves in the mir­ror.”

Gold Min­ers coach and gen­eral man­ager Ryan Wood was nat­u­rally a lot more pleased with the out­come of Thurs­day night’s con­test.

“We have to play Tim­mins 10 times this year, so be­ing able to get two quick wins against them early in the year re­ally helps us,” he said.

“They have a good hockey team, but for­tu­nately we played a re­ally good game tonight.

“Any time you can score early in a hockey game, like we did tonight, and have the mo­men­tum in your favour it al­lows you to play with a lit­tle bit more con­fi­dence.”

Even af­ter the Rock fi­nally got on the score­board, the Gold Min­ers re­mained pa­tient and didn’t try to force any­thing.

“That’s our struc­ture,” Wood said.

“We want to make sure our guys play a good de­fen­sive game within the con­fines of their own cre­ativ­ity. We do have some skilled guys, but they have got to make sure they are tak­ing ad­van­tage of be­ing good away from the puck.”

There were no short­age of Gold Min­ers who were at the top of their game Thurs­day night.

“I re­ally liked Hunter Fore­shew’s game tonight,” Wood said.

“He was on the puck all night and he worked hard. He didn’t turn pucks over and he won a lot of face­offs.

“I also thought Spencer Jones on our D corps was pretty good. He was steady and he made some sim­ple plays. He is not a flashy hockey player by any means.

“An­other guy I thought had a re­ally, re­ally good game was Alex Elie. He doesn’t do any­thing spe­cial and he is un­der­sized a lit­tle bit, but he is hard on pucks and it was nice to see him get the fifth goal.”

For the sec­ond-straight game, the Rock had trou­ble solv­ing Gold Min­ers goalie Gregory Bras­sard.

“We are pretty lucky,” Wood said.

“We have two pretty good goal­tenders. Greg has kind of taken the puck and run with it. I watched him play mul­ti­ple times this sum­mer and I knew he was some­body who was high on our pri­or­ity list.

“It is nice to have a goal­tender who makes the saves he is sup­posed to make and keeps us in hockey games.”

With the vic­tory, the Gold Min­ers now have a record of 2-1-0-0 against three Eastern Di­vi­sion foes.

“Even the game we lost (6-4 on home ice against the Powas­san Voodoos), we were right there,” Wood said.

“We have played three good hockey games and when you can take four out of a pos­si­ble six points, that’s pretty good. We can’t com­plain.”

The Rock, mean­while, are sport­ing a record of 1-2-0-0 fol­low­ing Thurs­day’s loss.

Bras­sard stopped 16 of the 17 shots the Rock fired his way to earn the vic­tory.

Master­nak, who turned aside 14 of the 18 shots he faced, was tagged with the loss. In his 28:35 of re­lief, Dicks blocked 11 of the 12 shots di­rected his way. No­jhlnotes—thethree­stars of the game were Sch­nei­d­miller, Sny­der and Seguin ... The Rock went 0-3 on the power play, while the Gold Min­ers were 2-5 with the man ad­van­tage ... The Rock did not dress de­fence­men Will Cas­ton, Con­nor Mullins and Owen Shier, as well as for­wards Darcy Haupt and Mahin­gan De­con­tie ... Of­fi­cial at­ten­dance at the Joe Mavrinac Com­mu­nity Com­plex was 303 ... Thurs­day night’s other ac­tion saw the Cana­di­ans de­feat the Soo Ea­gles 4-1 in Ray­side-bal­four and the Wild­cats edge the Blind River Beavers 4-3 in El­liot Lake.

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Tim­mins Rock for­ward Derek Seguin at­tempts to gain con­trol of a re­bound in front of Kirk­land Lake Gold Min­ers goalie Gregory Bras­sard dur­ing the first pe­riod of Thurs­day night’s NOJHL game at the Joe Mavrinac Com­mu­nity Com­plex. Seguin was even­tu­ally able to gain con­trol of the puck, but he was un­able to get it past Bras­sard on the play. Seguin would score the Rock’s lone goal in the sec­ond pe­riod, but the Gold Min­ers went on to post a 5-1 vic­tory and sweep the home-and-home se­ries.

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Tim­mins Rock for­ward Josh Dick­son bat­tles Kirk­land Lake Gold Min­ers for­ward Hunter Fore­shew for a loose puck as team­mate Maxime Pi­quette looks on dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of Thurs­day night’s NOJHL game at the Joe Mavrinac Com­mu­nity Com­plex. The Gold Min­ers skated to a 5-1 win over the Rock to com­plete a sweep of their home-and-home se­ries that saw Kirk­land Lake score a 5-2 win at the Mcin­tyre Arena on Sun­day night.

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Kirk­land Lake Gold Min­ers for­ward Hunter Fore­shew lifts his left leg as team­mate Jaren De­bolt’s point shot eludes Rock goalie Tyler Master­nak as Tim­mins de­fend­ers Ian Elkins, left, and Luka Bolduc look on dur­ing the sec­ond pe­riod of Thurs­day night’s NOJHL game at the Joe Mavrinac Com­mu­nity Com­plex. De­bolt’s goal would prove to be the game win­ner in a con­test the Gold Min­ers won 5-1.

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