Gold Miners Double Up Eagles

Rod Aubertin:

Early in the first period the Eagles had an excellent scoring opportunity approximately seven minutes into the game with a 3 on 1 breakaway but the Soo was denied by the Gold Miners net minder Victor-Olivier Corchesne.

Kirkland Lake would get on the scoreboard first at 15:08 of the first period as Logan Fredericks would speed past the Eagles defence and put the puck behind Jack Hickey.

A little over a minute and half later a mishandled pass by the Soo would give the Gold Miners a short handed goal by Joel Fortin to put Kirkland Lake up by two but before the close of the first period the Jake Saxton was all alone to cut the Gold Miners lead to one.

The Eagles would tie the game at the 4:33 mark of the second period by Chris Hazen on a feed from Trevor Jestadt and Kendall Huckins.

Kirkland Lake would take the lead again at 10:02 where Marc-Antoine Arsenau would put the puck in the top right corner of the Eagles net. On goals by Evan Bidenti and Arseneau later on in the second period would add to the Gold Miners score and at the end of the second period Kirkland Lake led by a score of 5 to 2.

Tensions ran high late in the second period as a total of 7 minor penalties, 1 major penalty, 1 10 Minute misconduct and a game misconduct were handed out.

Brayden Stortz got behind the Eagles defence to put the puck behind Jack Deines at the 6:48 mark of the third period. Dayton Honkanen would respond for the Eagles at 12:20 to cut Kirkland Lake’s lead to half.

With a tussle in front of the Eagles bench with 4:57 left to go in the game a couple of minor penalties and two 10 minute misconducts were handed out to each team.

Jack Hickey would stop 21 of 23 shots on net in the first two periods while Jack Deines would stop 7 of 8 shots in the third for the Eagles. Courchesene made 28 saves of the 31 shots on goal for Kirkland Lake.

Next action for the Eagles is on Wednesday when the Rayside Balfour Canadians pay a visit to Pullar Stadium with game time at 7:00 pm.