GALLERY: Big 2nd stanza leads Rock over Crunch

COCHRANE, Ont. – Breaking open a second period tie, the Timmins Rock erupted for six unanswered goals to power them past the Cochrane Crunch 7-1 in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League contest Friday at Tim Horton Events Centre.

Timmins got on the board at 13:20 of the opening frame when Nolan Ring knocked in a bouncing puck past Cochrane netminder Jake Dubinsky, during a goal-mouth scramble, to give him tallies in three straight contests.

Coming right back to tie it, the Crunch converted on a man advantage when Jonathan Hutorsky whipped one by Rock starter Jacob Brown from the right circle.

Even at 1-1 into the second period, Timmins blew it open with their six unanswered markers in the session, to help put the game away.

They began their outburst with early back-to-back power play efforts courtesy of Brandon Rossetti and Ring.

Rossetti got his by firing one through Dubinsky from the top of the left circle at 1:35 while Ring’s second of the night came from close range, after being set-up by Yan Bessette, a couple of shifts later.

Then near the midway point of the proceedings, Ring collected his third of the evening as he slid one in from the right of a sprawling Cochrane goalkeeper.

The Rock then made it 5-1 when Bessette was left with a tap-in right in front.

Not done there, Brady Harroun buried his team-lead 30th goal of the season, a minute and a half later, as he reached over and swiped it in for another close-range effort.

They then saw Nicolas Pigeon cap off the stanza at 18:40 as he took a feed from Harroun and neatly made a couple of quick moves and tuck it in.

The Crunch opted to make a goaltending change to begin the third, as Marcus Ouellet came in and provided 20 minutes of scoreless relief, as the Rock cruised to the road victory.

With the result, Timmins raised their record to 31-6-3-2 while Cochrane slipped to 6-32-1-1.