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Rock meet Crunch starting March 10

The Timmins Rock have added a pair of Timmins Majors, including forward Pierre Racicot, shown here watching a shot elude New Liskeard Cubs goalie Zach Prusky for a goal during a GNML contest at the McIntyre Arena on Feb. 1, 2020, for the stretch run of the 2020-21 NOJHL regular season. Racicot had a breakout campaign with the Majors in 2019-20, exceeding his goal total for the previous three seasons, while matching his point total for those three campaigns. FILE PHOTO/THE DAILY PRESS

The Timmins Rock will return to action on Wednesday, March 10, when they travel to Cochrane for the first of 10-straight games against the Crunch, at the Tim Horton Event Centre.


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It is scheduled to be a 6:30 p.m. start, with the second and third games of the series also at the Tim Horton Event Centre, on Friday, March 12, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 14, at 3 p.m.

Prior to the Christmas break — which was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic — the Rock accumulated an NOJHL-best 9-3-0 record, playing six-game series against the Rayside-Balfour Canadians and the Hearst Lumberjacks.

Meanwhile, the Crunch put together a record of 3-6-2 while playing six games against the Lumberjacks and five against the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

The series will return to the McIntyre Arena for Game 4 on Tuesday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m.

Then it will be back to the Tim Horton Event Centre for Game 5 on Friday, March 19, at 8 p.m.; Game 6 on Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m.; and Game 7 on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Game 8 will be played at the McIntyre Arena on Thursday, March 25, at 8:30 p.m.

The two teams will return to the Tim Horton Event Centre on Sunday, March 28, for Game 9, at 3 p.m.

They will then wrap up the 10-game series at the McIntyre Arena on Tuesday, March 30, at 8:30 p.m.

While the Rock didn’t make any additional trades prior to Thursday’s Canadian Junior Hockey League deadline in preparation for the resumption of play, but they did add a pair of Timmins Majors to their 25-man roster.

Up front, the Rock have picked up 17-year-old Timmins native Pierre Racicot, who had a break-out year with the Great North Midget League’s Majors (38, 15-13-28, 26) during the 2019-20 campaign.

It was the second season in the GNML for the left-hand shooting forward who showed significant offensive improvement from his rookie campaign (32, 3-5-8, 31).

In fact, Racicot’s goal total in 2019-20 eclipsed the 13 he had accumulated in his first year of U18 and both of his seasons of U15 hockey (two and eight) and his 28 points matched his combined total for those three campaigns.

Officially listed at 5-7 and 130 pounds on the Elite Prospects website, Racicot relies on speed and skill to get the job done.


The Timmins Rock have added Oshawa native Chase Longhurst, who spent the 2019-20 campaign with the GNML’s Timmins Majors, to their roster for the remainder of the 2020-21 NOJHL regular season. The right-hand shooting blue-liner got in one game with the Rock as an affiliate player during that campaign, FILE PHOTO/THE DAILY PRESS

He will be joined on the expanded Rock roster by Majors teammate Chase Longhurst, an 18-year-old blue-liner who hails from Oshawa.

The 5-10, 170-pound right-hand shooting D-man spent the 2019-20 campaign with the Majors (36, 1-3-4, 36) and also saw limited action with the Rock (1, 0-0-0, 0) as affiliate player.

The duo will join 20-year-old forward Graeme McCrory, acquired from the OJHL’s Georgetown Raiders, and blue-liner Cole Williamson, from the OJHL’s Brantford 99ers.