Miners, fans, come together for celebration

Kirkland Lake Gold Miner Tanner Lafrance shares some time with young fan Seth Guertin during Sunday's victory party at The Joe.


KIRKLAND LAKE - KL Gold Miner fans got one last opportunity to spend some time with the team before heading to Wellington for the start of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup. Sunday afternoon a victory party was held at the Joe and it, in a sense, allowed the party from this past Tuesday’s NOJHL championship win to continue for a little while longer.

The celebration even came with a couple of cakes for the fans and players to enjoy. For players it was time to take a slight look back in the rear view mirror yet at the same time their attention has to now be on the Dudley-Hewitt and more specifically Tuesday’s opening game against Wellington.

Veteran defenceman Ryan Scherer is in his last year with the squad says its really something to look at what has happened with the team since he signed with the club, but as a vet., its his job to help keep the players focused on the task at hand.

“We (the veterans) just bring the guys together and tell them we can do it again. The greatest part about winning our league is that we can go on and take another big step and then win another one after that. We are just looking at the first game right now. We have been working at that all week. Every team (in the tournament) has earned their spot so we have to take each team like they are the best in Canada.”

One of the biggest keys to the Miners success this season has been the play of goalie Jeremy Pominville.

He says he is still pretty pumped up from winning the league title but its now time for business.

“We’ve got to move on and think of the tournament now. Practices this week were great, I think the guys are all ready for the challenge that is coming up. Those teams are good but we there for a reason. We’ve played well all (playoffs) and we just have to keep playing like we have.”

Dudley-Hewitt Cup


April 29

Fort Frances vs. Toronto Lakehsore 2:30 p.m.

Kirkland Lake vs. Wellington 7:30 p.m.

April 30

Kirkland Lake vs. Toronto Lakehsore 2:30 p.m.

Wellington vs. Fort Frances 7:30 p.m.

May 1

Fort Frances vs. Kirkland Lake 2:30 p.m.

Toronto Lakehsore vs. Wellington 7:30 p.m.

May 2

Semifinal: 2nd round robin vs. 3rd round robin 7:30 p.m.

May 3

Final: 1st round robin vs. Semifinal winner 7:30 p.m.

Winner advances to RBC Cup Canadian Jr. A championship May 10-18 at Vernon, B.C.