Cochrane Crunch goalie Jake Dubinsky dives across his crease too late to prevent Timmins Rock forward Brady Harroun from depositing his fifth goal of the season into the net behind him during Friday night’s NOJHL contest at the Tim Horton Event Centre. Harroun added four assists as the Rock went on to defeat the Crunch 7-1, improving to 4-0-0-0 on the season. THOMAS PERRY/THE DAILY PRESS
NOJHL scoring leader Brady Harroun potted one goal and set up four others to help lead the Timmins Rock to a 7-1 win over the Crunch at the Tim Horton Event Centre Friday night.
It was the fourth-straight win to open the 2022-23 NOJHL campaign for the Rock, while the Crunch fell to 1-3-0-0 on the season.
Liam Wells’ first goal of the season, a power-play marker, staked the Rock to a 1-0 lead 3:58 into the opening frame.
Harroun then added his fifth goal of the season seven-and-a-half minutes later to double the advantage.
Blue-liner Kenyon Nyman’s second goal of the season, also a power-play marker, just over a minute later then extended the Rock lead to 3-0 before the first intermission.
Daniel Beaupre scored his third tally of the season 3:57 into the middle frame to put the Rock in front by four goals.
Blue-liner Felix Cadieux-Fredette then added his first goal of the season, another power-play marker, to put the Rock in front 5-0 after two periods of play.
Nyman’s second goal of the game and third of the season made it a 6-0 hockey game 3:41 into the final frame.
The Crunch finally got on the scoredboard at the 11:37 mark of the period, as Cameron Frost scored his third goal of the season to end Rock goalie Jacob Brown’s streak of 111:37 of shutout hockey to start his Junior ‘A’ career.
The Rock then closed out the scoring, as Nicholas Frederick tallied his fourth marker of the season with 3:05 remaining in the contest.
Brown went the distance in goal to earn his second victory in a Rock uniform, while Crunch goalie Jake Dubinsky was tagged with the loss.
NOJHL NOTES — The three stars of the game were Harroun, Rock forward Nicolas Pigeon (four assists) and Frost … The Rock went 3-5 on the power-play, while the Crunch were 0-1 with the man advantage … Official attendance at the Tim Horton Event Centre was 289 … Friday’s other action saw the Lumberjacks dump the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 7-1 in Hearst, the Voodoos outlast the Greater Sudbury Cubs 5-3 in Powassan, the Thunderbirds dump the French River Rapids 3-1 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., the Eagles blank the Elliot Lake Red Wings 6-0 in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and the Paper Kings triple the Blind River Beavers 6-2 in Espanolas … The Rock will return to action Saturday night when they take on the Beavers in Blind River. The next home game will see the Rock host the Beavers at the McIntyre Arena on Friday, at 7:30 p.m.