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After a heartbreaking loss in game one of their NOJHL semi final series with North Bay, the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners got what they wanted Sunday night and that was a win.

The Gold Miners edged the North Bay Jr A Trappers 2 1 in game two of their best of seven series at the Memorial Gardens in NOJHL semi final playoff action.

According to Gold Miner’s Head Coach it was another tough game between two teams that play a similar style.”It was a close fought game. I told them (the players) after the first game they would be all really close games. At the end of the day there will be two or three plays in each game that will make a difference, its a game a chess”

The details are what allow one team to beat another and in game two, every single little detail was done correctly by Kirkland Lake said Trappers head coach Tom McCarthy.

out worked us all game, said McCarthy. out hit us, they out checked us, they won more face offs than us, they beat us in foot races. The team that does the little things better than the other wins. It’s that simple. game winner came from Jeremy Picard Fiset on a shot from the left boards that Trappers keeper Greg Dodds didn’t see as the puck ended up in the net inside the far post along the ice.

The goal came with 4:33 left to play in the game and gave the visitors the 2 1 lead.

Game two was almost identical in every way to game one. It was another fast paced game, with a lot of checking and another goaltender’s game as both net minders made key saves throughout.

Tait Seguin on the opening shift threw a huge check deep in the Kirkland Lake end, signalling it was going to be another heavy hitting game right from the beginning, and it was as both teams were not shy about throwing their weight around along the boards, and making some impressive open ice hits much to the delight of the crowd of over 500.

But the hard checks didn’t deter the Gold Miners as they were able to control most of the puck movement early and were able to pick apart the Trappers game.

Dodds had to make a big save early in the game when he came out of the net to play the puck but lost control of it. He then had to make a leaping save in front of the net to prevent the Gold Miners from taking the early lead.

Kirkland Lake had another great scoring chance late in the period when the puck was flipped up into the air and hit Dodds and bounced backwards towards the net,
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a Trappers defenceman slid across the ice to keep the puck out, but the Kirkland Lake fans in attendance wanted the shot called as a goal. The referee disagreed and it was still even at 0 0 at the end of 20 minutes of play.

The Gold Miners were outshooting the Trappers 13 7 at the end of the period.

The best chance on net for North Bay during the opening frame came early in the period when Brandon Janke’s backhand shot was lying in the crease behind Chris Komma before being cleared by his defenceman.

In the second, the Trappers managed to get on the board first when Graham Pickard in the North Bay zone passed the puck to Seguin, who raced up the ice to the right boards. Seguin stopped and waited and then made a quick pass over to Connor Gilmartin who didn’t miss short side to give the home team the 1 0 lead 7:57 into the middle frame.

The score held as the second period finished up, despite North Bay being outshot 22 15 after 40 minutes.

got into our zone and we were chasing them around, said McCarthy of the way North Bay played the game.

The final period saw both teams sending players to and from the penalty box as frustrations and ill will towards each other began to grow as time went on. Trevor Hunt was ejected from the game when he checked Wes Chambers into the boards from behind. Chambers did get up and finished the game.

The Gold Miners continued to pressure Dodds and while shorthanded, were able to put the puck into the net for the 1 1 score with 5:54 left to play in the game.

goal shouldn’t have happened, said McCarthy. is no reason they should have won the face off in our zone with us on the power play. It’s hard to understand how we can lose a face off in our own zone. didn’t get better for the Trappers as 80 seconds later, the Gold Miners took the lead with a screened shot from the left boards to take the 2 1 lead.

North Bay tried to rally and get the equalizer as time ran down, and Dodds was pulled from the net with a minute to play in the game. Unfortunately for the Trappers, they weren’t able to get the tying goal and Kirkland Lake evened the series up.

Games three and four of the series will be played Friday night and Saturday night (both games will start at 7:30) at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex. With the split in North Bay, the Gold Miners have taken the “home ice advantage”. Coach Lafleur is hoping Kirkland Lake fans will come out to the game in big numbers and make as much noise as possible so the players can feel the positive energy.
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