TIMMINS, Ont. – Rolling out to a big first period lead, the Timmins Rock never looked back as they went on to shut out the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 7-0 Friday night in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League East Division affair at McIntyre Arena.
Picking up an early power play, Timmins got the eventual game-winner 96 seconds into things as Brady Harroun potted his NOJHL-leading 18th tally of the campaign as he whistled one by recently acquired Ethan Barron, who was making his league debut.
The Rock then went up by a pair at 3:16 compliments of a Nicholas Frederick from in close, as he capitalized off a Kirkland Lake turnover.
Moving to the back half of the session, the home side broke it open by striking three times in under a five-minute span to take control.
After Thomas Beard made it 3-0 at 13:46, with a top-shelf, one-timer, off a Liam Wells set-up, Timmins came right back off the draw with an Evan Grigor effort second later, as he buried a shot from between the hash marks.
Finishing off their early outburst, Frederick struck shorthanded at 18:22 as he lifted in a backhand off a rebound from a Hayden Rynard attempt just prior to that.
The Rock then put the game away in the latter portion of the middle stanza, beginning with Harroun’s second of the evening and NOJHL-best 19th overall as he wheeled through the slot and converted from the left of Barron.
Capping off the night’s scoring was Lucas Lowe as he provided a man advantage effort with a low-blocker side snap shot.
Tightening up defensively completely the rest of the way, led by Timmins netminder Jacob Brown, who was spotless to record his third shutout of the season, joining teammate Patrick Boivin in that department while posting the club’s league-high sixth blanking of the year.
Thomas Perry – The Daily Press/Postmedia Network