Wednesday night in Copper Cliff, the visiting Kirkland Lake Gold Miners scored three times with the man advantage, downing Sudbury 5-3 and moving to within a single point of the Barons. Kirkland Lake currently resides in fourth place in the seven-team loop with 15 points, with the Barons holding on to third by the slimmest of margins.
After beating Sudbury 4-2 when the teams last met two weeks ago in Kirkland Lake, the Miners wasted little time setting the tone in search of a two-game sweep.
Royce King, Jonathan Dionne and Matt Schwehr all tallied in the opening frame for the visitors, with David Lazarus responding with one for the homeside.
That two-goal margin remained in tact following both the second and third period as Lazarus completed his hat trick, trading goals with Jeremy Picard-Fiset and Everett Thompson over the final 40 minutes.
Chris Komma stopped 23 of the 26 shots directed his way in picking up the win between the pipes for the Miners, while Barons' rookie Michael Muzyka turned aside 24 shots for Sudbury at the other end of the rink. Sudbury's record sits at 8-4.
The Nickel Barons are now off for a week, playing their third straight game within the recently unfriendly confines of the McLelland Arena on Oct. 24, with the Abitibi Eskimos in town.