Alex Hester the OT Hero as Miners Lead 3-1

Hester the hero in OT as Gold Miners go up 3-1 on Voodoos

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KIRKLAND LAKE, Ont. – Alexander Hester’s first goal of the playoffs, 6:02 into overtime, was the difference as the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners edged the Powassan Voodoos 2-1 in Game 4 of their Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League East Division semifinal Thursday at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.

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Kirkland Lake now leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 and will have a chance to close it out Saturday in Game 5 while the Voodoos will attempt to stave off elimination in a 7 p.m. start at the Powassan Sportsplex.

Thursday’s tilt was a tightly-contested match-up throughout with the two sides going scoreless through the opening two periods, thanks to the efforts supplied by Gold Miners netminder Joe Marcouiller and his Voodoos counterpart Garrett Forrest.

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Kirkland Lake did get on the board first, 97 seconds into the third period as Joel Fortin struck shorthanded while his side was down a man.

Powassan countered with the equalizer midway through the session as Jesse Anderson forced OT with his initial postseason marker.

Heading into extra time for a third game in the series, it was Hester who was the hero as he supplied the game-winner on assists provided by Marc-Antoine Arseneau and Brandon Wolfe.

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Shots on goal in the contest favoured the Voodoos by a 50-31 count with Marcouiller standing tall making 49 saves along the way in picking up the win and Forrest the loss.

NOJHL Playoff Series D
East Division semifinal
No. 2 Powassan Voodoos vs. No. 3 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Kirkland Lake leads best-of-seven series 3-1

Game 1: Kirkland Lake 2 Powassan 1 (3OT)
Game 2: Powassan 4 Kirkland Lake 3 (OT)
Game 3: Kirkland Lake 6 Powassan 1
Game 4: Kirkland Lake 2 Powassan 1 (OT)
Game 5: Saturday, March 26 @ Powassan 7 p.m. (Sportsplex)
Game 6*: Tuesday, March 29 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Game 7*: Wednesday, March 30 @ Powassan 7 p.m. (Sportsplex)
*-if necessary