Murray’s magnificence lifts Powassan over Kirkland Lake

POWASSAN, Ont. – The defending Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League champion Powassan Voodoos continued where they left off last season by getting a goal and three assists from defenceman Dayton Murray to propel them to a 7-2 triumph over the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners Friday night at the Powassan Sportsplex.

Each side would score once in in the opening stanza with Eric Mondoux’s first putting Powassan in front 91 seconds into the contest before William Mizuik drew the Gold Miners level at 8:04.

Action in the middle session saw the Voodoos strike for a pair in the back half of the frame when Cade Herd connected on a man advantage at 12:15 while Rhys Brown scored at even strength three minutes later.

Mizuik’s secondof the night, via a power play chance, did bring Kirkland Lake back to within one heading into the third.

In the third and moments after a two-man advantage had expired Powassan tacked on another while just one skater up as D-man Murray blasted one home to make it 4-2 at 1:22 of the final session.

The Voodoos continued to pour it on from there tacking on three more markers to win going away thanks to a shorthanded effort from Tyler Gilberds that accounted for his first NOJHL goal and a pair from Shane Beaulieu to wrap things up offensively.

Eric Nagy and Dylan D’Agostino chipped in with two assists each for Powassan while Stephen Stiliados had a pair of helpers for the Gold Miners.

Christian Cicigoi made 28 saves in net to record the win for the Voodoos in his league debut.

Ty Sparling faced 35 shots in defeat for Kirkland Lake.