Timmins Rock is atop the overall standings of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League with 48 points in 30 games and an .800 winning percentage from a record of 23-5-2. And as the Rock can light it up offensively, its goals against average of 2.36 is the best in the 12-team NOJHL.
Veteran goalie Gavin McCarthy and his rookie sidekick backup Konrad Simard have combined to give Timmins a solid as a Rock net duo.
The 18-year old McCarthy has a 17-5-2 record with a 2.49 goals against average, .907 save percentage and one shutout.
Simard, meanwhile, has come through when called upon by Timmins coach-general manager Brandon Perry. The 18-year old rookie has a 6-0-0 record with a 1.50 goals against average, .912 save percentage and two shutouts.
Of note, Simard is from the small First Nation Cree community of Ouje-Bougoumou, Quebec, which has a population of 900 residents. Ouje-Bougoumou is about 400 miles north of Timmins.