The Kirkland Lake GoldMiners opened 2016 with a come from behind 3-2 win, over a game Iroquois Falls Eskis squad, at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex Friday night. Both clubs were slow out of the gate, with the Eskis Blake Holowaty beating Miners keeper Victor-Olivier Courchesne at 6:19, David Osborne drew the assist on Holawaty’s 2nd goal of the season. Eskis led 1-0 after 20 minutes. Miners dman, Dylan Holt, with his 2nd of the year tied it at 9:18 of the 2nd, off a pass from Alexander Hester. David Osborne would put the Eskis back on top 2-1, with his 23rd, sprung on a breakaway off a great pass from Stuart Harley, with Blake Holowaty also drawing an assist. The Osborne goa lcame with 2:40 left in the second. The Miners special teams stepped up in the third, as former Eskis forward, Brett Ouderkirk, with his 17th, shorthanded, from Jesse Houlton, at 10:52 knotted things at 2. Then, Brayden Stortz, weaing the “C” for the 1st time, banged home his 27th, on the powerplay, from Blake Anderson & Dylan Holt with 2:29 to play. Holowaty then put the Eskis down a man with 50 seconds left, ending the Eskis hopes of a last-minute rally. The Miners win 3-2. The 3 Stars were, #3, Eskis netminder Joe Sheppard, #2, Miners keeper Victor-Olivier Courchesne, and the 1st Star & Goldland Pizza Player of the Game, Brayden Stortz.
The Miners get right back at it, Saturday night as the 2nd ranked club in the country, the Soo Thunderbirds come to town for a 7:30 start.