GALLERY: Rock’s Masternak blanks Crunch to extend NOJHL shutout record

TIMMINS, Ont. – Having already established the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League single-season record for shutouts in a season, Tyler Masternak tacked on another to his totals Tuesday evening, with No. 8 on the campaign, as he blanked the Cochrane Crunch 5-0 at McIntyre Arena with 849 spectators on hand.

Timmins began the offensive proceedings when Evan Beaudry collected his fourth marker of the year with help from Tyler Gilberds, who ran a modest point steak to three in succession.

Picking up the initial power play of the evening, the Rock added to their lead near the nine-minute mark of the first as Gabinien Kioki notched his 10th of the season as the hosts carried a 2-0 cushion to the opening intermission.

A tight-checking middle stanza featured six attempts on net apiece in a frame that was scoreless with the Rock keeping their two-goal edge entering the third period of play.

There, Timmins added some insurance at 9:07 where Tyler Schwindt banged in his 14th as Gilberds picked up his second assist of the evening with Karter Renouf adding the other helper as he too now has points in three straight.

Josh Anderson then helped seal the outcome in the back half of the session as his 11th goal came during a man advantage while Cameron Kosurko also potted his 11th to round out the scoring in the late going.

In all, Masternak only need to make a dozen stops to add to his record-setting shutout on a night where he made his 100th NOJHL appearance.

Cochrane starter Zach Wickson meanwhile faced 33 attempts in defeat.

With the result, Timmins become the first team in the league to reach 80 points on the season, three more than idle Powassan, with the Voodoos however holding three games in hand.

Game Photos courtesy of  Thomas PerryThe Daily Press (Timmins)