Hail to the champs from the mile of gold in historic Kirkland Lake.
In front of more than 1,000 frenzied fans at Joe Mavrinac Community Complex, Kirkland Lake Gold Miners edged Soo Thunderbirds 2-1 on Tuesday to win the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship.
Second-seeded Kirkland Lake upended the top-ranked Soo in six games in a hotly-contested best-of-seven series.
Kirkland Lake will represent the NOJHL at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada Championships that begin on April 29 in Wellington, Ont.
In winning three rounds of the playoffs, ousting the North Bay Trappers, Espanola Rivermen and the Soo, Kirkland Lake posted a record of 12-2.