Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League champion Kirkland Lake Gold Miners lost their opening game at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada playdowns that are being held in Wellington.
The host Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League upended Kirkland Lake 4-1 on Tuesday.
It was Wellington’s first game since being ousted from the first round of the OJHL playoffs back on March 7.
Damon MacEachern scored the only goal for Kirkland Lake, which won the NOJHL championship with a three-round playoff record of 12-2, sidelining the North Bay Trappers, Espanola Rivermen and Soo Thunderbirds along the way.
The Gold Miners return to DHC action this afternoon at 2:30 as they face the OJHL champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, who are coached by Sault Ste. Marie native Jason Fortier.
Toronto Lakeshore opened play at the four-team DHC on Tuesday with a 4-1 triumph over the Superior International Jr. Hockey League champion Fort Frances Lakers.
PHOTO: Coach Marc Lafleur and members of the NOJHL champion Kirkland Lake Gold Miners take in opening-day action at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup playdowns being held in Wellington, Ont. (Photo by Jason Parks.)