High-scoring forward Darcy Haines doubled his championship-round point total and Soo Thunderbirds have extended the best-of-seven Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff final with Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.
In front of more than 750 fans at the Essar Centre on Easter Sunday night, Haines scored once and assisted on three others as the Thunderbirds cuffed the visiting Gold Miners 5-1.
Haines now has eight points in the five games against Kirkland Lake, three of which are goals.
The win for the Soo forces Game 6 in Kirkland Lake on Tuesday night.
Leading the series three-games-to-two, Kirkland Lake can claim the NOJHL championship with a victory on Tuesday.
Should the Thunderbirds win, Game 7 will be in the Soo on Thursday night.
PHOTO: Darcy Haines sparked Soo Thunderbirds to a Game 5 victory over Kirkland Lake on Easter Sunday night. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)