Blind River Beavers Cochrane Crunch Elliot Lake Red Wings Espanola Paper Kings French River Rapids Greater Sudbury Cubs Hearst Lumberjacks Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Powassan Voodoos Soo Eagles Soo Thunderbirds Timmins Rock | Hockey Canada Canadian Junior Hockey League Northern Ontario Hockey Association

VIDEO / GALLERY: Beavers hand Rock 1st defeat

Photos: Helene Rancourt

BLIND RIVER, Ont. – Ethan Pegg’s splendid rush up ice and eventual tally, coming early in the second period, proved to be the game-winner as the Blind River Beavers defeated the Timmins Rock 4-1 Saturday in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League inter-divisional match-up at the Blind River Community Centre.

Beginning the scoring four and a half minutes into the contest, the Rock converted when Nicholas Frederick sent a feed over to Liam Wells, and saw him stuff it past Beavers’ starter Gavin Disano.

Countering a couple of shifts later the hosts supplied the equalizer off a quick breakout and featured Jesse Dupuis putting a cross-ice pass over to Trevor Zimmer, who lifted a rising shot over the shoulder of Timmins’ goaltender Patrick Boivin.

Knotted at 1-1 heading into the second stanza, Blind River went on top early as defenceman Pegg made a impressive dash up ice from his own zone, before darting into Timmins territory and making a couple of crafty moves prior to depositing the puck into the bottom left corner.

The man advantage helped the Beavers extend their lead at 12:09 when Michael Gallagher scored in his NOJHL debut as he finished off a redirection from the right side off an Evan Fraccaro point attempt.

Heading to play late in regulation, the Rock pulled Boivin for an extra attacker, however Fraccaro found a streaking Dupuis flying up ice where he calmly slid a low back hand into the empty net in the final minute to secure the victory.

With the result Blind River improved to 3-1-0-0 early in the season while Timmins suffered their first loss, as they fell to 4-1-0-0.

Highlight of the Night – NOJHL YouTube Channel