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Rock set to welcome Lumberjacks Tuesday

New Rock captain Nicolas Pigeon, shown here chasing a loose puck in front of the Hearst net during Game 7 of the NOJHL East Division final at the McIntyre Arena on April 29, is looking forward to welcoming the Lumberjacks to Timmins for their first visit of the new season on Tuesday, at 7 p.m. FILE PHOTO/THE DAILY PRESS

With a pair of wins under their belt, the Timmins Rock will welcome the Hearst Lumberjacks to the McIntyre Arena on Tuesday, at 7 p.m.

Thomas Perry
The Daily Press/Postmedia Network

It will be the first meeting of the two rivals since Game 7 of the NOJHL East Division final at the McIntyre Arena on April 29.

A 4-3 loss to the Lumberjacks in front of 1,868 fans in that contest derailed the Rocks hopes of winning an NOJHL title and securing a berth into the Centennial Cup tournament.

So the Rock, fresh off a pair of wins over the Gold Miners — 2-0 in Kirkland Lake Saturday night and 8-2 in Timmins Friday night — will have plenty of incentive to continue their current modest winning streak.

Meanwhile, the Lumberjacks split a pair of road games to start their season, rallying late to edge the Paper Kings 5-4 in Espanola on Saturday after dropping a 5-4 decision to the Cubs in Greater Sudbury on Friday.