TIMMINS, Ont. – A workmanlike efforts at both ends of the ice propelled the Timmins Rock to a 3-0 victory over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Tuesday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League play at McIntyre Arena.
Timmins got on the board first when Kyle Trottier cruised in from the left point and snapped a shot from the circle through a partial screen and put it past Kirkland Lake goalkeeper John Lloyd for his initial tally with the Rock, 13 minutes in.
Moving to the middle frame, the home side forced an early turnover in the neutral zone and countered in transition off an odd-man rush that saw Liam Wells finish off a give-and-go with Ethan Pool by converting from between the hash marks.
Adding another at 5:52, Nolan Ring completed a nice three-way passing play with Kenyon Nyman and Justin Charette for his fifth goal of the season.
Timmins was solid defensively the rest of the way, with a sustained forecheck thrown in, while keeping the Gold Miners at bay to secure the win.
Patrick Boivin collected fifth career NOJHL shutout with the result while earning his second of the season for the Rock.
The outcome saw Timmins move into a tie for top spot in the league’s East Division, joining the Hearst Lumberjacks with 16 points apiece.
Lloyd did keep his side in it, despite suffering the loss.