At the beginning of the NOJHL season, the schedule had the Timmins Rock playing three games to start 2018 this past weekend.

However, due to three different reasons, all three of those games will happen at a later date.

A game in Cochrane last Thursday was re-scheduled due to arena availability and will instead be played Friday, January 26th.

This was done well in advance, but a couple other snags postponed two other games.

Saturday night, the Rock were scheduled to play in Kirkland Lake but elevated CO2 levels at the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex forced the local fire department to evacuate the building.

The same issue caused the suspension of Friday night’s Gold Miners game against the Soo Thunderbirds. That game was called with 5:47 left in the second period and a score of 1-1.

“After discussions with both clubs and with the Thunderbirds not scheduled to make another regular season appearance in Kirkland Lake or the area, it was deemed to be in the best interests of all involved to have the game be listed as final and finish as a 1-1 tie,” stated NOJHL Commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

Anyway, back to the Rock, they were scheduled to host the Hearst Lumberjacks Sunday night.

But with Highway 11 shut down for most of the day Sunday, officials decided to postpone the contest.

Make-up dates for both Saturday and Sunday’s Rock games are yet to be determined.

The Rock sit fifth in the NOJHL East Division, but are just a point back of the Lumberjacks for fourth and are five points up on the last place French River Rapids.

However, Hearst has four games in hand while the Rock have two games in hand on French River.

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