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There was no rust on the Powassan Voodoos’ skates as the hosts pounded a pumped-up Timmins Rock 6-2 to open their NOJHL East Division championship series at the Sportsplex, Friday.

Powassan scored three goals in the first frame and another trio in the second as Timmins, fresh from finishing off the Cochrane Crunch in the sixth game of their series on Tuesday, appeared to have victory hangover.

And the week-long layover after Powassan swept the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners left no moss on the Voodoos.

A slew of penalties hurt the Rock, beginning with Jacob Shankar taking the first minor for tripping 33 seconds into the game. And Powassan’s Ryan Bazzana made him pay for it with a bomb from the blue line beating a screened Albert Rogers 1:21 into the contest.

Gabriel Rhealt made it 2-0 at 4:35, out-battling Rogers to a loose puck that was deflected deep into Timmins territory by Rhys Brown. Captain Eric Nagy got the second helper after whistling in a long-stretch pass from his own end.

Powassan scored another power play with Shankar in the sin bin again at19:20 of the first period, tipping in a deft wrister shot by Tyson Gilmour. Cameron Moore got the second helper on the eventual game-winner.

Bo Peltier got into the act, cleaning up the garbage 1:35 into the second frame, after Tyler Gervais-Rolphe went to the net with a Mantz feed, taking out Rogers in the process. Peltier skated in from the blue line and popped in the loose puck for his second of the playoffs.

Nicholas Hautanen was serving time for Timmins after high-sticking Tyson Gilmour when Mantz scored his fourth of the playoffs at 14:12 of the second period. He tipped in Cade Herd’s wrist shot from the blue line over a helpless Rogers. Justin Schebel notched the second helper, his third assist of the post season.

Bowman’s second of the game and fifth of the playoffs was a short-handed back-breaker with 1:02 remaining before the second intermission, sniping a breakaway shot through Rogers’s five hole from 12 feet out. Gervais-Rolphe sent him in, registering his fourth assist of the playoffs.

Stewart Parnell ruined the shutout for Voodoos goalie Nate McDonald at7:23 of the third, with Shankar and Alexandre Brisson getting their fourth assists of the post-season. It was Parnell’s sixth of the playoffs after Timminseliminated both the Crunch and Iroquois Falls Eskis to get here.

And Cory Sprague gave Timmins something to day-dream about as they rest up for game two tonight at the Sportsplex, also at 7 p.m.

Sprague scored his first of the playoffs half way through the last frame, with Jordan Rendle getting his fourth assist, as well.

Rogers made 27 saves on 33 Voodoos shots before being relieved by Jeff Veitch who registered a seven-save shutout in the third period.

McDonald, the 2016-17 NOJHL league MVP, finished with 24 saves for the win.

Powassan was three-for-seven on the power play, Timmins pitched a zero on seven opportunities.

There were 506 fans in a packed Sportsplex for the action, so you might want to arrive early for the 7 p.m. tilt tonight.

NOJHL notes: The Blind River Beavers edged the Soo Eagles 2-1 in the opening game of their West Division championship series. Game two is Sunday.

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