McDonald's shoot-out winner gives Miners a big victory

Kirkland Lake Gold Miners’ Ian McDonald scores the shoot-out winner over Cochrane in KL’s 4-3 win. BRAD SHERRATT / KL

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Ian McDonald notched the lone marker in an eight-round shootout to help the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners rally for a 4-3 victory over the Cochrane Crunch in NOJHL

Christian Shields picks up his first goal as a KL Gold Miner, with this penalty shot tally in his team’s 4-3 victory over Cochrane. BRAD SHERRATT / KL

Kirkland Lake Gold Miners’ Captain Lucas Renzoni picks up the puck behind his net during action in Saturday’s 4-3 shoot-out win against Cochrane. BRAD SHERRATT / KL

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The Miners got on the board first just past the midway mark of the first period when Ian McDonald collected his third goal of the season with assists going to Christian Shields and Andronique Stepanian.

The Crunch came back to tie it at 14:21 thanks to an unassisted effort by Liam Boswell who scored for the sixth time and seven outings.

Building on that, Cochrane took the lead before the intermission compliments of Nolan Bull notching his initial NOJHL tally, which came at 18:47.

Action in the second stanza saw Cochrane extend their cushion 12 minutes in as Mark Hill scored to make it 3-1 with an assist going to Alexander Thompson.

Early in the third, the Gold Miners’ Christian Shields was awarded a penalty shot and the first-year forward made no mistake as he beat Crunch starter Ben DiGiallonardo for his first NOJHL goal.

KL then tied the contest halfway through the period as Alex McDonald notched the equalizer.

After the five-minute overtime failed to provide a winner, the teams went to extra shots to decide things.

In the shoot-out, 16 attempts in total were taken, but Ian McDonald was the only one to convert as his tally gave Kirkland Lake the extra point on the night.

Kirkland Lake’s Glen Crandall picked up the win while DiGiallonardo helped the Crunch earn one point in the setback.