By Thomas Perry, The Daily Press (Timmins)
BLIND RIVER – The Timmins Rock got goals from five different players en route to a 5-1 win over the Beavers Sunday afternoon.
The win allowed the Rock to complete their three-game road trip with a record of 2-1-0-0.
Heading into the Christmas break, the Rock (20-13-0-1) find themselves in fourth place in the NOJHL’s East Division standings — six points behind the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, who have a game in hand.
After spotting the Beavers a 1-0 lead on Ted Davis’ 10thgoal of the season one minute into the first period the game was all Rock the rest of the way.
Devin Panzeca potted his 16th goal of the season less than two minutes after Davis had given the home side its one-goal advantage to tie things up at 1-1.
Bain Cunningham then scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal five minutes later to put the Rock up 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
The Rock added a pair of second-period goals to take command of the contest.
Wayne Mathieu beat Beavers goalie Matt Blattenberger for his seventh goal of the season 3:32 into the frame.
Then Jordan Rendle scored his 20th goal of the season, a power-play marker, five minutes later.
Defenceman Jared Hester’s third goal of the season, also a power-play marker, capped the scoring and made the final 5-1.
Rock goalie Logan Ferrington made 30 saves to earn the win, while Blattenberger turned aside 34 of the 39 shots he faced and was tagged with the loss.
NOJHL NOTES — The Rock went 2-6 on the power play, while the Beavers were 0-5 with the man advantage … The Rock were without forward Andrew Green (injury), forward Tristan Salesse (serving the second game of a seven-game suspension), forward Aaron Kerr (fulfilling an education requirement) and goalie Matthew Nixon (lower-body injury) … Sunday’s only other contest saw the Rayside-Balfour Canadians edge the Express 3-2 in Espanola … The Rock are off until Saturday, Jan. 2, when they will travel to Rayside-Balfour to take on the Canadians. The next home game will be on Thursday, Jan. 7, when they will host the Beavers at the McIntyre Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.