TIMMINS, Ont. – Mason Svarich tallied twice to help the Timmins Rock edge the Soo Eagles 4-3 Sunday at McIntyre Arena in a tight Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League match-up.
The result also saw the Rock halt the Eagles’ eight-game NOJHL winning streak.
After a scoreless opening frame, Timmins came out strong to begin the middle stanza and saw Svarich continue his stellar play, early in his Rock tenure, as he took a sharp-angle shot from the left of Sault Ste. Marie starter Marino Ramirez, then kept going to the net where he jammed in the rebound for his fourth goal, moments into his fifth period with the club.
A power play for the home side helped them make it 2-0 midway through the proceedings as Liam Wells was left with a tap-in off a pass into the paint courtesy of Harry Clark.
Putting the Eagles on the board at 13:37, Zach Sweitzer benefited from a perfect bounce off the end boards off an Easton Pratt attempt from the right point that allowed him to lift his chance over the outstretched pad of Rock netminder Patrick Boivin.
Up a skater late in the frame, Svarich scored again with his fifth in two games after Clark did the majority of the work while weaving his was into the Soo zone before placing a perfect cross-ice feed the left plenty of room to connect from the left wing.
Answering once more, the Eagles made it 3-2 at 19:33, off the stick of Kenny Belanger Jr., as he wired one upstairs on Boivin.
Countering prior to the intermission though, Kaeden McArthur put the hosts back up by two, just 10 seconds later, after picking off a play at the Soo blueline then darting in alone where he snapped a shot over the blocker of Ramirez.
Into the third period, the visitors, despite playing a third road contest in as many days, battled to get back to within one, off a man advantage, when Gabriel Fisher snapped an attempt from the left point that sailed past bodies in front and a screened Timmins netminder with just over seven and a half minutes to play in regulation.
However, Boivin shut the door the rest of the way to secure the home ice triumph.
The victory has the Rock moving to 6-6-1-0 on the season while the Eagles dipped to 10-3-0-1 overall with the narrow setback.
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