SUDBURY — The Timmins Rock kicked off their 2020-21 NOJHL common season on the Chelmsford Enviornment Sunday evening the identical manner they ended the 2020 abbreviated playoffs — with a victory.
“You’ve got to like the best way our guys performed within the third interval tonight,” stated Rock coach Corey Beer.
“It was a little bit of the mentality of we’ve waited eight months to play hockey right here, so let’s play it the precise manner. Let’s block pictures, let’s kill penalties the precise manner. Let’s maintain the sport in entrance of us.
“It was third interval in opposition to a very good staff we have been taking part in in opposition to.”
Certainly, the Canadians (40-11-3-2) have been the highest staff within the NOJHL’s West Division in 2019-20, though the Rock (42-11-2-1) — who completed second within the East Division — have been truly a degree higher than their hosts within the general standings.
Captain Derek Seguin scored as soon as and added a helper to steer the Rock to a 4-1 win over the Rayside-Balfour Canadians.
Seguin’s power-play marker with 2:32 remaining within the opening interval gave the Rock a 1-0 lead.
“We obtained that first purpose and it got here off alternative,” Beer stated.
“Within the first, we have been buying and selling probabilities a bit of bit an excessive amount of, however then within the second interval we settled that down a bit.
Seguin added an help on blue-liner Eric Moreau’s even-strength purpose halfway by way of the body to extend the customer’s benefit to 2-0.
“We obtained an important activation purpose there, with Ricky (Moreau) leaping into the play,” Beer stated.
“It’s these little small issues that issue right into a win.
“You wish to play a track-meet type of sport? That Rayside-Balfour staff has manner an excessive amount of velocity and ability for us to compete with that shift-in and shift-out.
“It was only a matter of our guys understanding we would have liked to play a less complicated sport. Generally it isn’t essentially the most engaging, however hey it does the trick.
“I assumed our guys have been incredible when it comes to taking part in disciplined, sound hockey.
The Rock’s two-goal benefit didn’t final lengthy, nonetheless, because the Canadians lastly obtained on the scoreboard simply 29 seconds later when Nicholas DeGrazia struck for a shorthanded marker.
Timmins was capable of restore the two-goal lead lower than two minutes later when Tyler Schwindt notched the guests’ second power-play marker of the competition.
Stable penalty killing allowed the Rock to resist a Rayside-Balfour two-man benefit for greater than a minute within the third interval, with each Seguin and Tyler Gilberds each within the sinbin.
“All of our defenders did a very good job, together with the forwards, conserving the whole lot to the skin, limiting their probabilities and collapsing the home,” Beer stated.
“That’s the sport now, with out contact, hole management and lively sticks. I assumed our guys did an important job. It needed to be an entertaining hockey sport, a bit of sloppy at instances, sport rust from each groups.
“That was enjoyable to be a part of on the bench and I’m positive for the folks watching it was nice to see two actually good groups going at it.”
Then, Brendan Boyce pounced on a juicy rebound earlier than ripping a slap shot previous Canadians goalie David Bowen to ice the victory.
The Rock was clearly happy along with his staff’s effort on each side of the particular staff’s equation, regardless that the one purpose they surrendered got here when the guests have been on the facility play.
“Early within the yr, penalty killers positively have a bonus,” Beer stated.
“Guys aren’t as in sync with their offensive probabilities and that’s one thing the place we will flip the strain up and I assumed we did that at instances.
“They’d a few good probabilities however your penalty kill at all times appears higher when you may have a top-notch goalie (Tyler Masternak) between the pipes to settle the whole lot down.
“Masty definitely did that at quite a few instances. Each goalies have been incredible but it surely simply goes to indicate how fortunate we’re to have Ty in web.
“He’s a terrific younger man and a terrific participant.”
The coach was fast to take all the blame for the shorthanded purpose the Rock surrendered Sunday evening.
“That shorthanded probability, that purpose in opposition to is totally my fault,” Beer stated.
“That was a botched adjustment from me when it comes to the setup. I put these guys in a reasonably robust scenario.
“They get a go on that one. That was on me, as a coach.
“I assumed the remainder of the facility performs, that’s one thing we’ve been engaged on the final couple of days attempting to verify guys are conscious of what we’re doing and stuff, get that urgency stage up.
“Once you win the particular groups battle, it goes loads manner towards being profitable on a nightly foundation.”
The coach was as soon as once more impressed by the play of his staff’s veterans, particularly Seguin and linemate Josh Dickson.
“They have been merely excellent,” Beer stated.
“The composure on the bench from these guys, gearing guys up for large shifts and figuring out when to push on their teammates after which the execution on the ice, there are not any higher lead-by-example guys than these two.
“You possibly can go proper down the listing. I assumed Riley Robitaille had an important sport and within the third interval I actually appreciated the best way our defence performed.
“Eric Moreau, for me, might need been the primary star of the sport. He’s a bodily, hard-nosed defenceman who isn’t allowed to play that manner, but he was excellent in opposition to the frenzy all evening lengthy.”
Half of the Rock’s 4 targets Sunday evening got here off the sticks of blue-liners, a indisputable fact that didn’t escape the coach’s eager eye.
“It’s no secret, we’re a reasonably lively group again there, with our defencemen leaping into the play and stuff,” Beer stated.
“It’s good and reassuring for them, too, to get that repay. You need them to have the ability to leap into the play and create however if you by no means get that reward generally you surprise what it’s for and for us to get that form of manufacturing from them is large.
“Our ahead know we’ve defencemen who could make performs and rating targets.”
Beer was additionally happy to see forwards Brendan Bauer, Henry Brock and Nicolas Pigeon, in addition to blue-liner Bode Dunford get their first style of NOJHL motion and are available away with a victory.
“One of many largest components, too, is figuring out they have been in a tricky, emotional sport,” Beer stated.
“Rayside-Balfour with their pushback and us attempting to settle issues down was big for younger gamers to be part of and also you have a look at it from the ahead facet of issues, we had the one line of Pigeon, Bauer and (Harry) Clark collectively and for a interval or a period-and-a-half they have been making younger man errors.
“Rapidly, within the third interval, it was puck administration 101. It was down low cycle, maintain our bodies in entrance of you on the impartial zone forecheck.
“These are the small issues if younger gamers study early within the yr will going to get them extra minutes.
“It’s a nice start line for our squad. Definitely the video periods off this are going to be excellent.”
The coach felt Brock didn’t look misplaced patrolling the left facet on a line with Seguin and Dickson.
“He had an outstanding sport,” Beer stated.
“He has high-end ability and I feel he enhances these two fairly effectively.
“We had the posh of getting a man like (Keegan) McMullen (now with the OHL’s Peterborough Petes) a few years in the past to play on that first line and now we’ve one other child in Hank whose hockey IQ is off the charts. So is his velocity and his ability.”
Masternak turned apart 30 of the 31 pictures he confronted within the contest to select up the victory for Timmins, whereas Bowen was tagged with the loss after blocking 27 of the 31 pictures the Rock fired his manner.
NOJHL NOTES — The three stars of the sport have been Boyce, Masternak and Bowen … The Rock went 2-5 on the facility play, whereas the Canadians have been 0-7 with the person benefit … The Rock didn’t costume ahead Tyler Patterson, or blue-liners Lucas Department and Felix Cadieux-Fredette … Sunday’s solely different contest noticed the Lumberjacks thump the Cochrane Crunch 8-3 in Hearst … The Rock will return to motion on Thursday when they’ll as soon as once more journey to Rayside-Balfour to tackle the Canadians. The Rock will play their house opener on Saturday after they host the Canadians in a contest on the McIntyre Enviornment, scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.