Another GoldMiner heads to the NCAA!
The Kirkland Lake Gold Miners of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Thursday April 7th that defenceman Blake Anderson has committed to play NCAA hockey next season at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
The 20-year-old Anderson, who hails from Madison, Wisconsin topped all blueliners on the Gold Miners in offensive production during the course of the regular season amassing over a point-per-game with 44 in 41 outings on 11 tallies and 33 helpers with his point total being the fourth highest among all NOJHL rearguards.
In his first nine postseason contests he leads all Kirkland Lake defensemen in points with five on a goal and four assists.
The Gold Miners’ blueliner will be joining a River Falls Falcons side that finished first atop the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings in 2015-16 before falling in double overtime in the WIAC final to eventual NCAA D-III champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
The Pointers also featured a pair of Kirkland Lake and NOJHL alumni in defenceman Ethan Strong and Ryan Scherer on their roster.
Anderson says “I’m super excited to further my education and hockey career at UW River Falls and want to thank the Gold Miners coaching staff and organization for all they have done. I’m looking forward to bringing my work ethic and my offensive presences to the blue line and help the team win in any way possible!”
Anderson and the rest of his Gold Miners teammates will be back in action tonight as Kirkland Lake hosts the Cochrane Crunch in Game 4 of the East Division final at 7:30 p.m. at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex.
The 2016 Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Gold Miners currently lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.