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Gold Miners’ Rust named NOJHL playoff MVP

04/22/2014, 10:30pm EDT
By NOJHL Communications

NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

NOJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gold Miners’ Rust named NOJHL playoff MVP

KIRKLAND LAKE – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday evening that Kirkland Lake Gold Miners’ forward Austin Rust has been named the NOJHL’s most valuable player in the playoffs.

The announcement was made following game 6 of the NOJHL’s Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy final, which Kirkland Lake won 2-1 over the Soo Thunderbirds thus taking the best-of-seven final four games to two in a well-played, hard-fought series.

In 14 postseason contests Rust, who hails from Algonac, Mich., averaged a point-per-game with 14 in as many outings on seven goals and seven assists.

Four of his markers were game-winners, including two in the finals, led all skaters in the league.

Rust also finished tied for second overall in total playoff tallies.

He and his Gold Miners’ teammates will now advance to represent the NOJHL at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

Joining Kirkland Lake in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup will be the host Wellington Dukes (OJHL) along with Ontario Junior Hockey League champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

The Superior International Junior Hockey League team at the Dudley-Hewitt will be decided Wednesday as the Fort Frances Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers in game 7 of the Bill Salonen Cup final, which is knotted at three games apiece.

 

Kirkland Lake Gold Miners crowned NOJHL champions

04/22/2014, 10:00pm EDT
By NOJHL Communications

NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

NOJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kirkland Lake Gold Miners crowned NOJHL champions

KIRKLAND LAKE – An Everett Thompson power play tally late in the second period proved to be the difference as the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners edged the Soo Thunderbirds 2-1 Tuesday evening to capture the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Copeland Cup McNamara trophy as NOJHL champions in six hard-fought games.

The Gold Miners now advance to represent the league at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A championship, April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

In Tuesday’s contest Kirkland Lake opened the scoring two and a half minutes in as Steven Babin beat a Thunderbirds defender to the puck on a dump in that was left behind the net by goaltender Joel Horodziejczyk and fed a wide-open Damon MacEachern in front who slipped the night’s first tally into a yawning cage.

Sault Ste. Marie, playing without the captain and the NOJHL’s leading scorer Gavin Burbach due to injury, notched the equalizer midway through the contest as Tyler Jones made a crisp cross-ice pass from the right point to the stick of the Nicolas Tassone, who wristed a shot past Gold Miners’ starter Jeremy Pominville from the left face-off dot.

The home side retook the lead late in the second stanza during a man advantage as Babin neatly chipped a puck past Jones just into Sault territory where McEachern sent it over to Thompson, who beat Horodziejczyk from in close at 18:18.

Kirkland Lake had another good opportunity in the final seconds of the frame only to see Samuel Wilbur’s backhand stopped by Horodziejczyk.

Neither side would score in the final 20 minutes with Pominville and Horodziejczyk making a number of key saves in thwarting opposing shooters.

The Thunderbirds pulled their netminder in the late going in an effort to notch the equalizer, but could not dent the Gold Miners’ defence.

Final shots on goal were 26-25 in favour of the victors.

Joining the Gold Miners in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup will be the host Wellington Dukes along with Ontario Junior Hockey League champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

The Superior International Junior Hockey League rep at the Dudley-Hewitt will be determined Wednesday as the Fort Frances Lakers host the Minnesota Iron Rangers in game 7 of the Bill Salonen Cup final, which is knotted at three wins apiece.

NOJHL final for the Copeland Cup-McNamara Trophy
Soo Thunderbirds vs. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Gold Miners win best-of-seven series 4-2

Game 1: Soo 2 Kirkland Lake 1 (2 OT)
Game 2: Kirkland Lake 5 Soo 3
Game 3: Kirkland Lake 4 Soo 3 (OT)
Game 4: Kirkland Lake 4 Soo 1
Game 5: Soo 5 Kirkland Lake 1
Game 6: Kirkland Lake 2 Soo 1

 

4 points for Haines as Thunderbirds force game 6

04/20/2014, 10:00pm EDT
By NOJHL Communications

NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

NOJHL COMMUNICATIONS
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014

4 points for Haines as Thunderbirds force game 6

SAULT STE. MARIE – Facing a must-win scenario the Soo Thunderbirds got a goal and three assists from Darcy Haines Sunday and they skated to a convincing 5-1 victory over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners in game 5 of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Copeland Cup – McNamara trophy final at Essar Centre.

With the decision the Thunderbirds have forced a sixth game in the best-of-seven series, which they now trail 3-2.

That contest is slated for Tuesday evening at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex in Kirkland Lake at 7:30 p.m.

Should a seventh and deciding game be needed, it will go at 7:30 p.m. Thursday back at Essar Centre.

In Sunday’s match-up an Anthony Miller shorthanded tally 17 minutes into the second period turned out to be the game-winner as Sault Ste. Marie staved off elimination with the solid triumph.

Neither side would find the back of the net in the opening 20 minutes, but Gavin Burbach finished off the work of Haines and David Radke 5:21 into the middle session to put the T-Birds on the board.

Miller then struck for the eventual difference maker in the latter stages of the stanza to put the home side up a pair entering the third.

Dan Morin pulled the Gold Miners to within one 8:45 into the final frame, but Haines answered right back for the Thunderbirds less than two minutes later.

The Sault then put the game away in the late going as they notched consecutive power play markers from Joey Miller and Medric Mercier, set-up by Haines, to round out the night’s scoring.

Joel Horodziejczyk made 16 saves to record the victory in net while Jeremy Pominville faced 32 shots and suffered the loss for Kirkland Lake.

The NOJHL winner will advance to represent the league at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canada Jr. A championship April 29 through May 3 in Wellington, Ont.

They will join the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, title holders from the Ontario Junior Hockey League, and the winner of Superior International Junior Hockey League along with the host Wellington Dukes (OJHL) at the five-day event.

In the OJHL final Toronto Lakeshore defeated the Aurora Tigers 3-1 Sunday to claim the Buckland Cup OJHL championship winning that best-of-seven set 4-2.

As for the SIJHL league championship, the Fort Frances Lakers face another must-win Monday as they visit the Minnesota Iron Rangers trailing the Bill Salonen Cup final 3-2.

NOJHL final for the Copeland Cup-McNamara Trophy
Soo Thunderbirds vs. Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

Gold Miners lead best-of-seven series 3-2

Game 1: Soo 2 Kirkland Lake 1 (2 OT)
Game 2: Kirkland Lake 5 Soo 3
Game 3: Kirkland Lake 4 Soo 3 (OT)
Game 4: Kirkland Lake 4 Soo 1
Game 5: Soo 5 Kirkland Lake 1
Game 6:
Tuesday, April 22 @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac C.C.)
Game 7*: Thursday, April 24 @ Soo 7:30 p.m. (Essar Centre)
* - if necessary