Heinzle posts 1st shutout as Canadians blank Gold Miners at NOJHL Showcase

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Rayside-Balfour Canadians rookie goaltender Nicholas Heinzle turned aside all 28 attempts he faced to register his first Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League shutout in blanking the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 3-0 at the NOJHL Showcase Wednesday at Big Bear Arena.

Rayside-Balfour came hard at Kirkland Lake in the opening 20 minutes, outshooting them by a 14-5 margin, but neither side would connect in a scoreless frame.

It was the Canadians who opened the afternoon’s scoring just 12 seconds into the middle stanza thanks to Dylan Bertrand.

Matthew Belanger then added another at 6:40 as his ninth overall put Rayside-Balfour up by a pair.

Moving to the final frame, Zachary Hauseman wrapped up the scoring with a late empty netter to secure the win for RBC.

Gold Miners goaltender Kyle McNair had 38 saves in defeat for Kirkland Lake.