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Voodoos drop OT heartbreaker to Gold Miners in Game

KIRKLAND LAKE, ON – Luc Soares scored over 12 minutes into overtime as he deflected a shot past Matt Young for the game winner as the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners avoided elimination with a 5-4 win over the Powassan Voodoos in game 5 of the best-of-seven series.  

The Voodoos made it tough on the defending NOJHL champions who came in down 3-1 in the series.   Ryan Aubertin and Soares gave the Miners an early 2-0 lead in the opening period.  However, Jake Staples, the Voodoos hero with a late game winner in game 4, scored a power play marker to make it 2-1 after 20 minutes.  

Aubertin, whose brother Jon played for 2 seasons with the North Bay Jr. Trappers, got his second of the game early in the second to regain the two-goal spread.  

Staples scored his second of the game to cut the lead to 3-2.  However, late in the second Ethan Strong ripped a wrist shot past Matt Young to take a 4-2 lead into the second intermission.  

Michael Silveri cut the lead back to one midway through the final frame.  

With less than 2 minutes left in regulation, Gold Miners defenceman Jamey Lauzon cut Kyle Moore with a high stick and was handed a double minor.  That set up for Beau Peltier’s power play marker with 13 seconds left in regulation to make it 4-4.  

The Voodoos actually started the overtime period with a 1:47 powerplay due to the double minor to Lauzon. However, they were unable to cash in.  

Game 6 will take place back in Powassan on Sunday night.  Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Sportsplex.