POWASSAN — The Timmins Rock’s hopes of finishing in top spot in the NOJHL’s overall standings were dealt a severe blow Friday night at the Sportsplex.
A 3-1 loss to the Voodoos (40-8-1-0) allowed their hosts to move ahead of the Rock (39-10-1-1) by a single point and Powassan still has two games in hand on Timmins.
It was the third-straight loss for the Rock at the hands of the Voodoos in less than a month.
The Voodoos jumped out to a 2-1 first-period lead Friday night, even though they were outshot 16-9 by the Rock.
Ryan Mills got the home side on the scoreboard first when he netted his 15th goal of the season at the 7:18 mark.
Rock captain Derek Seguin got the visitors back on even terms just under seven minutes later when he scored his 23rd goal of the season.
The Voodoos regained the lead before the end of the period, however, as blue-liner Eric Mondoux netted his sixth goal of the season with just 53 seconds remaining on the clock.
Rock starting goalie Tyler Masternak was lifted after the opening period, with Vance Meyer coming on to finish up the game.
Tomas Yachmenev’s 26th goal of the season midway through the second period provided the Voodoos with a little insurance.
Neither side was able to find the back of the net in the third period, with the Rock outshooting the Voodoos 12-5 in the frame.
Voodoos goalie Owen Say went the distance in net, stopping 37 of the 38 shots the Rock directed his way, to pick up his 28th win of the season.
Masternak, who turned aside seven of the nine shots he faced in his one period of work, was tagged with the loss. Meyer blocked 17 of the 18 shots directed his way in his 40 minutes of work.
NOJHL NOTES — The three stars of the game were Say, Voodoos forward Parker Bowman (three assists) and Yachmenev … The Rock did not dress forwards Riley Robitaille (serving the fourth game of a six-game suspension), forward David Laroche (upper-body injury) and blue-liner Quinn Schneidmiller (upper-body injury) … The Rock went 0-6 on the power play, while the Voodoos were 0-4 with the man advantage … Official attendance at the Powassan Sportsplex was 346 … Friday night’s other action saw the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners defeat the Wildcats 5-3 in Elliot Lake and the Express edge the Soo Eagles 6-5 in Espanola … The Rock will conclude their two-game weekend road trip with a game against the Rapids in French River Saturday night.