Rock's Schwindt tricks Rapids

Captain Tyler Schwindt’s hat-trick helped propel the Timmins Rock to a 5-2 win over the Rapids at the Noelville Community Centre Friday night.

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FRENCH RIVER — Captain Tyler Schwindt’s hat-trick helped propel the Timmins Rock to a 5-2 win over the Rapids at the Noelville Community Centre Friday night.

With the victory, the Rock (10-0-1-0) now have a three-point cushion atop the NOJHL’s East Division and overall standings over the Powassan Voodoos (8-2-1-1) who will visit the McIntyre Arena Sunday afternoon.

Schwindt’s power-play marker, his 10th goal of the season, gave the Rock a 1-0 lead at the 12:48 mark of the opening period.

The Rapids got back on even terms less than three minutes later, however, as Spencer Borg netted his third goal of the campaign.

Schwindt’s second goal of the night and 11th of the season restored the Rock’s one-goal advantage prior to the end of the frame.

Then, just shy of the midway point in the second period, Tyler Gilberds struck for what would prove to be the game-winning goal, his fourth tally of the season to make it a 3-1 hockey game.

Just over a minute later, Christopher Engelbert scored his fifth goal of the season, an unassisted effort, to put the Rock up 4-1.

The Rock took that three-goal advantage into the third period, but Levi Siau gave Rapids fans a little hope when he picked up a power-play marker, his third goal of the campaign, at the 13:41 mark.

Schwindt dashed those hopes, however, when he completed his hat-trick by scoring his 12th goal of the season, with just 1:01 remaining on the clock to make the final score 5-2 in favour of the Rock.

Rock goalie Gavin McCarthy turned aside 29 of the 31 shots he faced to earn his eighth-straight win to start the season.

Rapids netminder Cole Sheffield, who stopped 34 of the 39 shots the Rock directed his way, was tagged with the loss.

NOJHL NOTES — The three stars of the game were Schwindt, Sheffield and Engelbert … Both the Rock and the Rapids went 1-3 on the power play … Official attendance at the Noelville Community Centre was 165 … Friday’s other action saw the Voodoos edge the Crunch 3-2 in Cochrane, the Express get past the Greater Sudbury Cubs 4-3 in Espanola and the Red Wings dump the Blind River Beavers 5-2 in Elliot Lake … The Rock will return to action on Sunday when they host the Voodoos at the McIntyre Arena, at 3 p.m.

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