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GALLERY: Schwindt ignites Rock attack

Timmins Rock forward Harry Clark puts on the brakes to cut in front of Cochrane Crunch goalie Michael Nickolau during the second period of Friday night’s NOJHL contest at the Tim Horton Event Centre. While Clark was able to get off a shot, Nickolau was able to get a pad in front of it to deflect the puck past the post. Clark did score a third-period goal, however, as the Rock went on to roll over the Crunch 9-1. THOMAS PERRY/THE DAILY PRESS

Tyler Schwindt scored a pair of goals and assisted on three more to help lead the Timmins Rock to a 9-1 victory over the Crunch at the Tim Horton Event Centre Friday night.

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It was the second-straight one-sided decision for the Rock against the Crunch and the fourth victory in the first five games of a 10-game set against their NOJHL East Division rivals.

Nicolas Pigeon’s third goal of the season less than four minutes into the opening frame got the puck rolling for the Rock Friday night.

Two-and-a-half minutes later, Tyler Gilberds intercepted a pass while cruising down the slot and beat Crunch goalie Michael Nickolau for his fourth goal of the season.

And then blue-liner Cole Williamson drilled home a wrist shot just over three minutes later to put the Rock up 3-0 heading into the first intermission.

Things went from bad to worse for the Crunch in the middle frame, as the Rock struck early and often en route to pushing their advantage to 7-0.

Schwindt netted his 10th goal of the season at the 1:14 mark and blue-liner Bode Dunford followed with his first goal in a Rock uniform 29 seconds later.

Schwindt added his second goal of the night and 11th of the season at the 7:30 mark and blue-liner Eric Moreau chipped in with his third goal of the campaign just under three minutes later.

Liam McCarthy came on in relief of Nickolau to start the third period, but it didn’t make much difference to the Rock.

Tyler Patterson beat the new goalie with a power-play marker, his second goal of the season, just 58 seconds into the third period.

Harry Clark then added his fifth goal of the season six-and-a-half minutes later to put the Rock in front by nine goals.

At that point, the only thing left to be decided was whether or not Rock goalie Gavin McCarthy would record his second shutout of the season.

He came within 37 seconds of being able to accomplish that feat, but Matteo Peca struck for his first NOJHL goal to salvage a little something for the Crunch.

Gavin McCarthy stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced in the Rock net to earn his fourth win of the season.

Nickolau, who turned aside 32 of the 39 shots the Rock directed his way in the game’s first two periods, was tagged with the loss.

Liam McCarthy blocked 17 of the 19 shots he faced in the contest’s final 20 minutes.

NOJHL NOTES — The three stars were Schwindt, Patterson and Dunford … The Rock went 1-7 on the power play, while the Crunch were 0-4 with the man advantage … The Rock and the Crunch will play the sixth game of their 10-game set at the Tim Horton Event Centre on Sunday, at 3 p.m.