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Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro, NS) picked up his second win of the season and his 18th Series victory after winning the Nova Truck Centres Make-A-Wish 150 on June 23rd at Scotia Speedworld. Blenkhorn had to battle Jarrett Butcher (Porter’s Lake, NS) who finished second for the latter stages of the race. Jonathan Hicken (Brudenell, PE) had a strong run finishing third. Nicholas Naugle (Dartmouth, NS) and Shawn Turple (Enfield, NS) rounded out the top five.

Turple picked up the pole position for the Nova Truck Centres 150 after winning the first of three 10 lap Atlantic Tiltload qualifying heats which set the 21 car field. Craig Slaunwhite (Terence Bay, NS) and Jarrett Butcher also won their respective heat races.

Craig Ward (Riverview, NB) picked up the Exide Batteries Rookie of the Race with a 12th place finish. Blenkhorn takes home the Kenny U-Pull Hard Charger award. Most Laps Led went to Jarrett Butcher who paced the field for 86 laps.

The Passione Flooring and Interiors East Coast Mini Stock Tour took to the track prior to the Nova Truck Centres Make-A-Wish 150. Andrew Warren (White’s Lake, NS) picked up the checkered flag in the A-Pak Drywall & Acoustical 50. Dave Matthews (Kennetcook, NS) and Jesse Deveau (Greenwood, NS) finished second and third.

Next week the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour heads to scenic Prince Edward Island for the first of two events this season at Oyster Bed Speedway. Be sure to join us next Saturday for the Canada Day 150!

DeMan, Smith, Bailey and Wert Win at Ohsweken on June 22nd

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A busy night on June 22nd at Ohsweken Speedway saw a total of 230 cars roll through the pit gate on McDonald’s of Paris and Brantford Emergency Services night. The night was the second live broadcast of All North Racing powered by Pinty’s on MavTV Canada. The night also honoured first responders for their service with free admission and recognition.

When the final checkered flag waved at the end of the night, it was Mack DeMan who claimed victory with the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprints Cars and Lucas Smith scoring a win with the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars. For the stock cars, Dave Bailey won his second Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stock Feature of the season and Kyle Wert raced to his second consecutive win with the HRW Automotive Mini Stocks.

Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars
Ryan Turner and Jake Brown started on the front row for the 20-lap Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Car A-Feature. With the four wide salute completed, the field lined up behind the pace vehicle when contact between Mike Thorne and Shone Evans caused Thorne to flip in turn three bringing out the red flag and effectively ending Thorne’s night. Thorne was uninjured.

The race restarted for the official green flag with Ryan Turner jumping to a quick lead followed closely by Scott Kreutter, Cory Turner, Jake Brown and Holly Porter. A caution at lap three for Dylan Westbrook saw a single-file restart with Ryan Turner leading the way on the outside and Kreutter giving chase on the bottom to take over the lead. Kreutter entered lapped traffic on lap seven when a lapped car came up the track on the back straightaway coming into contact with Kreutter and causing him to flip in corner three bringing out the red flag. Kreutter was uninjured but the car sustained considerable damage and was towed to the pit area.

The restart once again saw Ryan Turner take the lead on the top side with Mack DeMan giving chase on the bottom lane. DeMan took the lead over at lap 12 and despite two more brief cautions, he was able to hold off Mitch Brown, Ryan Turner, Jake Brown and Dylan Westbrook to take the checkered flag at the finish line. Jake Brown, Scott Kreutter and Shone Evans won their qualifying heat races to start the night.

Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars
Adrian Stahle and Brian Nanticoke paced the field to the green flag for the Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars 20-lap feature. Nanticoke took the early lead with Lucas Smith, Johnny Miller and Nick Sheridan in hot pursuit. The only caution of the evening on lap three saw Millar come to rest at the bottom of turn three. The restart had Nanticoke pace the field to the green with Smith, Sheridan, Jesse Costa and Rob Neely close behind. Nanticoke took the bottom groove as Smith went to the high side to gain the lead at lap eight. Costa and Sheridan were battling for the second position with Sheridan taking the spot by lap 15. Smith weaved through lapped traffic and ran the outside lane with Sheridan, Costa, Nanticoke and Steven Beckett giving chase. Sheridan tried to go high but Smith was able to hold him off to capture the victory with Costa, Beckett and Hunsinger rounding out a strong top five finish.

Nick Sheridan, Lucas Smith, Liam Martin, and Brian Nanticoke won their qualifying heats to begin the nights while Jesse McDonald and Allan Downey won the B-Mains.

Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks
Nick Liverance and Steven Vanderzanden brought the 29-car field of Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks to the line for the green flag. Brian Teeple quickly took the lead with Vanderzanden, Jim Lampman, Zack Bleich and Billy Bleich in pursuit. An early caution at lap two for Kyle Andress slowed the field and led to a restart with Teeple and Jim Lampman bringing them to the green flag. They were four-wide going for the lead into turn four with Zach Bleich and Billy Bleich running side by side at the front and Dave Bailey closing the gap behind them. A caution was thrown at lap seven for a melee that saw multiple cars sustain damage in turns three and four. The restart put Bleich and Bailey in the front row with Ken Sargent, Trevor DeBoer, Blake Bomberry and Ryan Beagle hot on their tails. Bailey moved into first at lap nine with DeBoer running him down and racing him side by side for the top spot. Despite two cautions for debris on the track, Bailey continued to hold the lead over DeBoer, Beagle, Bleich, and Sargent. Vanderzanden brought out a late caution at lap 16 when he spun in the bottom of turn 4 and collected a few more cars. The single file restart saw Bailey, DeBoer, Beagle, Billy Bleich and Sargent battling hard for the lead. An exciting last few laps saw Bailey hold on for the win with DeBoer, Beagle, Sargent, and B.Bleich in the top five.

HRW Automotive Mini Stocks
Sam Iftody and Kyle Wert were on the front row for the HRW Automotive Mini Stock 15-lap Feature. Wert quickly took the lead as the green flag was shown. Wert stretched out his lead by several car lengths until a caution was waved at lap five for Chris Ryckman’s nose cone on the corner of turn two. Wert, Iftody, Olivier Larocque, Wayde Thorne, Tristan DaSilva, and Dusty DeBoer brought the double file restart to green with Wert once again taking the lead. Contact between Iftody and Tony Kelly brought out the second caution of the evening on lap eight. Wert and DeBoer raced each other hard side by side off the restart as they came into turn one at lap-11 but Wert held the lead over DeBoer with Thorne, DaSilva, Mike Sarantakos and Sean Iftody staying close behind. Wert and DeBoer made contact coming out of turn three on lap-14 as the rattled over the bumps but were able to maintain control with Wert hanging onto the lead to claim victory at the checkers over DeBoer with Thorne, DaSilva, and Sarantokos finishing up in the top five. Kevin Thorne and Dusty DeBoer raced to victory in their 15-lap qualifying heat races.

Up Next at Ohsweken Speedway
Ohsweken Speedway returns to action on Friday, June 28th as Club 54 Racing presents Friday Night Excitement. All four of Ohsweken’s weekly divisions will be in action, including the Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars, Strickland’s GMC Crate Sprint Cars, Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks and HRW Automotive Mini Stocks. Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m and spectator gates open at 6:00 p.m. Adult admission is $14. For additional event information, visit

Ohsweken Speedway Race Report (June 21, 2019)
Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada
McDonald’s of Paris and Brantford
Total Entries – 130

Kool Kidz-Corr/Pak 360 Sprint Cars (25 Entries)
A-Feature (20 laps – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 17X-Mack DeMan, [10]; 2. 10-Mitch Brown, [8]; 3. 91-Ryan Turner, [1]; 4. 1-10-Jake Brown, [2]; 5. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [6]; 6. 88H-Josh Hansen, [12]; 7. 0-Jim Huppunen, [16]; 8. 5D-Shane Ross, [24]; 9. 9-Steve Lyons, [14]; 10. 13-Cory Turner, [7]; 11. 68-Aaron Turkey, [11]; 12. 11-Jamie Turner, [17]; 13. 67-Pete Richardson, [15]; 14. 21-John Burbridge Jr, [23]; 15. 45-Curtis Gartly, [22]; 16. 9B-Scott Burk, [25]; 17. 1-Holly Porter, [9]; 18. 15-Dan Nanticoke, [18]; 19. 0C-Cole MacDonald, [13]; 20. 87X-Shone Evans, [4]; 21. 46-Kevin Pauls, [21]; 22. 43-Scott Sherk, [19]; 23. 49-Scott Kreuter, [5]; 24. 81-Derek Jonathan, [20]; 25. 55-Mike Thorne, [3]
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Ryan Turner 1-3, 8-12; Scott Kreutter 4-7; Mack DeMan 13-20
Hard Charger – Shane Ross +16 (24th to 8th)

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – All Transfer – 2:00.936)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 1-10-Jake Brown, [2]; 2. 55-Mike Thorne, [1]; 3. 1-Holly Porter, [4]; 4. 17X-Mack DeMan, [6]; 5. 68-Aaron Turkey, [8]; 6. 15-Dan Nanticoke, [5]; 7. 0-Jim Huppunen, [9]; 8. 21-John Burbridge Jr, [3]; 9. 5D-Shane Ross, [7]

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – All Transfer – 1:53.116)
1. 49-Scott Kreuter, [4]; 2. 13-Cory Turner, [6]; 3. 0C-Cole MacDonald, [1]; 4. 88H-Josh Hansen, [5]; 5. 11-Jamie Turner, [2]; 6. 81-Derek Jonathan, [3]; 7. 43-Scott Sherk, [8]; 8. 45-Curtis Gartly, [7]

Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – All Transfer – 2:03.726)
1. 87X-Shone Evans, [2]; 2. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, [5]; 3. 10-Mitch Brown, [6]; 4. 91-Ryan Turner, [7]; 5. 67-Pete Richardson, [4]; 6. 9-Steve Lyons, [8]; 7. 46-Kevin Pauls, [3]; 8. 9B-Scott Burk, [1]

Strickland’s Brantford Chevrolet Crate Sprint Cars (38 Entries)
A-Feature (20 laps – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 49L-Lucas Smith, [4]; 2. 45-Nick Sheridan, [2]; 3. 52-Jesse Costa, [3]; 4. 08-Steven Beckett, [15]; 5. 9C-Brian Nanticoke, [5]; 6. 74-Rob Neely, [8]; 7. 4-Hannah Ferrell, [16]; 8. 12-Brad Herron, [6]; 9. 3B-Blaine Barrow, [25]; 10. 50LS-Adrian Stahle, [7]; 11. 28-Jordan Hill, [13]; 12. 88-Jesse McDonald, [21]; 13. 56-Dereck Lemyre, [12]; 14. 70-Baily Heard, [23]; 15. 39-Shane Stickel, [18]; 16. 51-Trevor Young, [11]; 17. 19-Brandon Murrell, [9]; 18. 49H-Jerry Hill, [24]; 19. 43-Darren Dryden, [17]; 20. 10-Lofton Schuts, [10]; 21. 14T-Noelle Teal, [14]; 22. 20-Johnny Miller, [1]; 23. MK8-Matthew Hill, [19]; 24. 19D-Allan Downey, [22]; 25. 69-Joshua Hill, [20]
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Brian Nanticoke 1-6; Lucas Smith 7-20
Hard Charger – Blaine Barrow +16 (25th to 9th)

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 5 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 45-Nick Sheridan, [5]; 2. 10-Lofton Schuts, [2]; 3. 50LS-Adrian Stahle, [6]; 4. 4-Hannah Ferrell, [4]; 5. 69-Joshua Hill, [3]; 6. 49H-Jerry Hill, [1]; 7. 70-Baily Heard, [9]; 8. 83-Spencer Davis, [10]; 9. 5D-Jacob Dykstra, [7]; 10. R52-Ryan Hunsinger, [8]

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 5 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 49L-Lucas Smith, [2]; 2. 51-Trevor Young, [1]; 3. 56-Dereck Lemyre, [3]; 4. 12-Brad Herron, [9]; 5. MK8-Matthew Hill, [4]; 6. 88-Jesse McDonald, [6]; 7. 2-Travis Hofstetter, [8]; 8. 3B-Blaine Barrow, [7]; 9. 1EH-Paul Klager, [5]; 10. 69K-Jason Dixon, [10]

Heat Race No.3 (8 laps – Top 5 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 1. 20-Johnny Miller, [6]; 2. 52-Jesse Costa, [5]; 3. 28-Jordan Hill, [3]; 4. 74-Rob Neely, [8]; 5. 08-Steven Beckett, [7]; 6. 26X-Terry Baker, [4]; 7. 22JR-Allan Gilleta, [2]; 8. 5-D.J. Christie, [9]; (DQ) 29-Liam Martin, [1]

Heat Race No.4 (8 laps – Top 5 Transfer – 2:06.390)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 9C-Brian Nanticoke, [2]; 2. 19-Brandon Murrell, [3]; 3. 14T-Noelle Teal, [1]; 4. 43-Darren Dryden, [4]; 5. 39-Shane Stickel, [6]; 6. 70MM-Dave McKnight Jr, [5]; 7. 19D-Allan Downey, [9]; 8. 29W-Tyler Ward, [7]; 9. 38-Derek Miller, [8]

B-Feature 1 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 88-Jesse McDonald, [2]; 2. 70-Baily Heard, [1]; 3. 2-Travis Hofstetter, [3]; 4. 29-Liam Martin, [9]; 5. 1EH-Paul Klager, [8]; 6. 3B-Blaine Barrow, [6]; 7. 5-D.J. Christie, [5]; 8. 83-Spencer Davis, [4]; 9. 38-Derek Miller, [7]

B-Feature 2 (10 laps – Top 2 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 19D-Allan Downey, [1]; 2. 49H-Jerry Hill, [4]; 3. 70MM-Dave McKnight Jr, [2]; 4. 5D-Jacob Dykstra, [7]; 5. 26X-Terry Baker, [3]; 6. 29W-Tyler Ward, [6]; 7. 22JR-Allan Gilleta, [5]; 8. R52-Ryan Hunsinger, [8]; 9. 69K-Jason Dixon, [9]

Middleport Mechanical Thunder Stocks (29 entries)
A-Feature (20 laps – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 49-Dave Bailey, [15]; 2. 23-Trevor DeBoer, [11]; 3. 84RK-Ryan Beagle, [13]; 4. 25-Ken Sargent, [14]; 5. 108-Bill Bleich, [9]; 6. 53-Logan Shwedyk, [25]; 7. 28D-Donny Lampman, [8]; 8. 28-Jim Lampman, [6]; 9. 21X-Mark Bazuin, [18]; 10. 11R-Bryce Richardson, [26]; 11. 24-Blake Bomberry Jr., [5]; 12. 32-Mark Fawcett, [10]; 13. 38-Frank Turkey, [20]; 14. 41-Adam Plazek, [22]; 15. 13-Kacey Huffman, [21]; 16. 79-Greg Hale, [28]; 17. 93-Melissa Miller, [23]; 18. 5G-Darcy Grant, [24]; 19. 74-Steven Vanderzanden, [2]; 20. 6R-Jeff Roelofs, [17]; 21. 40-Derek Liverance, [1]; 22. 8-Ryan Dinning, [16]; 23. 11-Gofast Teeple, [4]; 24. 108Z-Zack Bleich, [3]; 25. 37-Robert Hoskins, [12]; 26. 1-Chris Dickie, [7]; 27. 43-Kyle Andress, [27]; 28. 2-Matt Nuell, [19]; 29. 4-Aaron Rewutzsky, [29]
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Go Fast Teeple 1-2; Zach Bleich 3-5; Billy Bleich 6-7; Bailey 8-20
Hard Charger – Logan Shwedyk +19 (25th to 6th)

Heat Race No.1 (12 laps – All Transfer – 4:15.988)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 1. 25-Ken Sargent, [2]; 2. 8-Ryan Dinning, [1]; 3. 32-Mark Fawcett, [4]; 4. 28-Jim Lampman, [6]; 5. 28D-Donny Lampman, [5]; 6. 37-Robert Hoskins, [3]; 7. 108Z-Zack Bleich, [8]; 8. 11-Gofast Teeple, [7]; 9. 6R-Jeff Roelofs, [11]; 10. 2-Matt Nuell, [13]; 11. 13-Kacey Huffman, [12]; 12. 93-Melissa Miller, [9]; 13. 53-Logan Shwedyk, [15]; 14. 43-Kyle Andress, [14]; 15. 4-Aaron Rewutzsky, [10]

Heat Race No.2 (12 laps – All Transfer – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 84RK-Ryan Beagle, [2]; 2. 49-Dave Bailey, [1]; 3. 23-Trevor DeBoer, [3]; 4. 108-Bill Bleich, [4]; 5. 1-Chris Dickie, [5]; 6. 24-Blake Bomberry Jr., [6]; 7. 74-Steven Vanderzanden, [8]; 8. 40-Derek Liverance, [12]; 9. 21X-Mark Bazuin, [7]; 10. 38-Frank Turkey, [11]; 11. 41-Adam Plazek, [10]; 12. 5G-Darcy Grant, [14]; 13. 11R-Bryce Richardson, [9]; 14. 79-Greg Hale, [13]

Fast Qualifier: Ryan Dinning 19.176 seconds

HRW Automotive Mini Stocks (38 Entries)
A-Feature (15 laps – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 19-Kyle Wert, [2]; 2. 23-Dusty DeBoer, [13]; 3. 46-Wayde Thorne, [7]; 4. 01-Tristan DaSilva, [3]; 5. 6X-Mike Sarantakos, [11]; 6. 15-Sean Iftody, [12]; 7. 91-Oliver Larocque, [4]; 8. 60-Martin Schroder, [9]; 9. 16-Fabio Olivieri, [21]; 10. 7C-Cole Hardy, [23]; 11. X-Sam Iftody, [1]; 12. 93-Chris Ryckman, [8]; 13. 21H-Ryan Hillar, [19]; 14. 21-Jonathan Ayrton, [15]; 15. 9-Tim DeBoer, [31]; 16. 360-Kevin Thorne, [14]; 17. 92-Jeremy Cooper, [16]; 18. 69-Rob Twitchett, [27]; 19. 188-Paul Longboat, [22]; 20. 6-Ken Hamilton, [18]; 21. 10-Zach Buchwald, [28]; 22. 12-Tony Kelly, [5]; 23. 19T-Trevor Want, [24]; 24. 1-Jason Tolton, [6]; 25. 265-Mike Evers, [10]; 26. 20A-Aiden Maynard, [29]; 27. 96-Brian Crosgrove, [25]; 28. 38C-John Cote, [20]; 29. 17-Mike Taylor, [17]; 30. 13M-Daniel McKay, [26]; 31. 16J-Jeremy May, [32]; 32. 54-Christopher French, [30]
A-Feature Lap Leaders – Kyle Wert 1-15
Hard Charger – Cole Hardy +13 (23rd to 10th)

Heat Race No.1 (8 laps – Top 5 Transfer – No Time)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 360-Kevin Thorne, [1]; 2. 6X-Mike Sarantakos, [3]; 3. 60-Martin Schroder, [4]; 4. 15-Sean Iftody, [2]; 5. 1-Jason Tolton, [6]; 6. X-Sam Iftody, [15]; 7. 01-Tristan DaSilva, [13]; 8. 21-Jonathan Ayrton, [11]; 9. 92-Jeremy Cooper, [9]; 10. 6-Ken Hamilton, [10]; 11. 38C-John Cote, [7]; 12. 7C-Cole Hardy, [20]; 13. 96-Brian Crosgrove, [5]; 14. 69-Rob Twitchett, [8]; 15. 20A-Aiden Maynard, [19]; 16. 05-Dave Goodacre, [17]; 17. 88-Aidan Nigh, [16]; 18. 16J-Jeremy May, [14]; 19. 72-Leroy Buscomb, [18]; 20. 26-Tim Nuell, [12]

Heat Race No.2 (8 laps – Top 5 Transfer – 2:11.875)
Finish. #-Name, [Starting Position]
1. 23-Dusty DeBoer, [1]; 2. 93-Chris Ryckman, [4]; 3. 46-Wayde Thorne, [5]; 4. 16-Fabio Olivieri, [8]; 5. 12-Tony Kelly, [6]; 6. 19-Kyle Wert, [12]; 7. 91-Oliver Larocque, [14]; 8. 265-Mike Evers, [3]; 9. 17-Mike Taylor, [7]; 10. 21H-Ryan Hillar, [13]; 11. 188-Paul Longboat, [15]; 12. 19T-Trevor Want, [19]; 13. 13M-Daniel McKay, [9]; 14. 10-Zach Buchwald, [11]; 15. 54-Christopher French, [10]; 16. 11-Mike Giberson, [16]; 17. 517-Cody Sommerville, [17]; 18. 9-Tim DeBoer, [2]

Fast Qualifier: Kevin Thorne 20.857 secs

Watson Makes a Statement in Series Return at Jukasa Motor Speedway

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The third event on the 2019 season for the APC United Late Model Series presented by Grisdale Racing Products saw 35 teams in attendance at Hagersville, Ontario’s Jukasa Motor Speedway on June 22nd. The track dubbed ‘Canada’s Crown Jewel’ played host to an incredible event that saw the race winner a guaranteed starting spot in the Canadian Short Track Nationals scheduled for later in the summer.

Group qualifying saw Jo Lawrence take the top spot for the second time this season with a time of 18.723, bettering Brandon Watson, Ray Morneau, JR Fitzpatrick, and Jake Sheridan who rounded out the top five.

The 100 lap Prelude to the Nationals kicked-off with Jake Sheridan on the pole after the invert with Junior Farrelly on his high side. Sheridan would lead until lap seven when JR Fitzpatrick made his way to the top position. In his return to the APC Series, Brandon Watson made his way into the top three after just 15 laps, coming from the 10th starting position.

Lap 30 saw a close call as Ray Morneau, who was making his series debut, tagged the wall while running inside the top 10. The caution flag came out on lap 30 for Shawn McGlynn going around on the front straightaway. All others missed the spun number one car as it rolled to the inside apron facing oncoming traffic.

On the ensuing restart, there was trouble as Shae Gemmell slid in fluid on the track and into Jake Sheridan. Behind there was more trouble as several cars went around and Jordan Howse ended up in the fence. Shae Gemmell took the lead on the restart but it was short lived as Fitzpatrick fought back on the high side. 47 laps into the Prelude to the Nationals Marc Jacobs took a hard hit as he had a mechanical failure in the centre of turns one and two.

A long green flag run saw Gemmell and Brandon Watson swap the runner-up position a few times as Fitzpatrick continued to pace the field. During the run, the top three cars broke away from the rest of the field by nearly a straightaway. On lap 78, Fitzpatrick surrendered the top spot to Brandon Watson after a high side to low side crossover.

With eleven laps remaining the caution flag flew for the final time as JR Fitzpatrick blew a tire and rode the outside wall into turn one while running in second place. The final restart saw Brandon Watson slip away from the field as he went on to score his series leading 13th victory over Shae Gemmell and Jake Sheridan, who held off Dale Shaw after a race-long battle.

The next event for the APC Series is in just one week at Delaware Speedway for the annual Canada Day weekend celebration. The Spectra Premium 100 Presented by Pennzoil is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m start.

Sault Ste Marie’s Keegan Stevenson Invited to NHL Canuck Development Camp


Within an hour of the 2019 National Hockey League draft wrapping up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sault Ste Marie’s Keegan Stevenson received a call from the west coast from the Vancouver Canucks to attend their 2019 development camp. The 2019 Development Camp, which will be held at UBC Father Bauer Arena from June 25th – 27th. The camp begins on Tuesday, June 25th and features on-ice skill practices and off-ice workouts each day.

The 2000 year born Guelph Storm forward who will not turn 18 until December 31st will board a plane on Sunday, June 23rd to participate in the Canucks development camp. The 6’1” and 175 lbs forward had 19 goals and 15 assists and tallied 12 penalty minutes in 55 regular season games with two powerplay and two shorthanded goals included in his 2018 – 2019 OHL season. In 23 postseason games and helping his Storm to a Memorial Cup in Halifax in May 2019, Stevenson scored three goals and assists in the 2019 playoffs. The 17-year-old Sault Ste Marie native played in all four games at the 2019 Memorial Cup with Guelph.

“I obviously wish I was drafted in the draft and I was a little disappointed but getting that call after the draft to come to their camp made things a lot better. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to be able to go to a camp and I can’t wait! I’m happy for everyone who got drafted and I wish them all good luck at the camps,” said Stevenson.

Junior Sault Sabercats Improve to 5-0-1 with Win Over Predators in Waterloo


On June 22nd in Waterloo, Ontario, the first place (4-0-1) west division Sault Sabercats hit the turf at Laurier University Stadium in a 2:00 p.m kickoff against the Waterloo Predators in a junior OFC football matchup. The Sabercats were coming off a 43 – 7 win in Sault Ste Marie over the visiting Forest City Thunderbirds.

Michael Nicoletta led the Sabercats in the 56 – 20 win with four touchdowns, nine carries for a total of 157 yards. Nicoletta’s touchdowns came on a two-yard, ten yard and 97 yard carries along with a 28-yard catch from Sault quarterback Ryan Barnes. Ryan Barnes finished Saturday afternoon’s matchup with 14 carries for 121 yards, one touchdown and 11 completions on 17 attempts with 242 yards passing in the Sabercats fifth win of the 2019 season. Three of the Sault’s touchdowns came on Barnes passing in the 56 – 20 win. Carmen Caputo added touchdowns with 30 yard and 35 yard carries as well as four catches for a total of 108 yards rushing. Connor Ritchie had a three-yard touchdown in the win as Gabe Barkley rounded out the Sault offense with five catches for 86 yards.

Nathan Keranen led the Sabercat defense with four solo tackles and one assisted tackle while Jude Rasiah had two sacks along with Nicoletta catching an interception and a fumble recovery for the Sault. Nick Carter also had one sack for the Sabercats in Waterloo.

Michael Nicoletta told Saultsports that “it was a good win for us, Waterloo pulled within eight by halftime and it was the first real adversity we’ve faced this season, but we handled it well and responded with 28 unanswered. The offensive line put me in a position to put some scores up for us and the defense really tightened up in the second half. Overall it was a good team win and gives us some confidence, and a lot to work on going into our bye-week.”

“We came out flat and didn’t play well in the first half we rallied and did a good job in the second half,” said junior coach Jim Monico.

The junior Sabercats now have a bye week before hitting the road on July 7th when they take on the Hurricanes in a 2:00 p.m kickoff at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.

Grizzlie Newhook Named 2019 CJHL John Grisdale Top Prospect Award Winner

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Alex Newhook of the Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) has been named the second annual recipient of the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s John Grisdale Top Prospect Award after being the first CJHL player taken in the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver when he was selected in the first round, 16th overall, Friday, June 21st by the Colorado Avalanche.

The John Grisdale Top Prospects Award is presented annually to the highest selected CJHL player chosen in each year’s NHL Draft and is in named after the former BCHL commissioner and CJHL Life Member.

The inaugural recipient of this honour was Jacob Bernard-Docker who was selected in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas when he was chosen 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators.

Bernard-Docker starred on defense in the CJHL with the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) and recently completed his freshman season at the University of North Dakota.

As for Newhook, he was earlier named the CJHL’s Most Valuable Player and Top Forward for the 2018-19 campaign in voting completed by each of its 10 member leagues across the country and pockets of the northern U.S.

The 18-year-old from St. John’s, N.L., had a tremendous year with Victoria, leading the BCHL in scoring by notching 38 goals and doling out a league-best 64 assists as his 102 total points placed him 18 higher than his closest rival. Newhook also boasted two separate point streaks of 10 games or more in 2018-19, including amassing 28 points overall in the final 10 contests of the campaign on 13 tallies and 15 assists.

He also won bronze as an assistant captain with Canada West at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge and participated in the 2019 CJHL Prospects Game in Okotoks, Alberta, in January where he had an assist in aiding Team West’s 5-2 triumph over Team East.

Newhook is currently committed to attend Boston College on NCAA Division I scholarship in the fall.

JOHN GRISDALE AWARD RECIPIENTS (Highest CJHL player selected in NHL Draft)
2019: Alex Newhook, (F) Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) – 1st round, 16th overall (Colorado Avalanche)
2018: Jacob Bernard-Docker, (D) Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) – 1st round, 26th overall, (Ottawa Senators)

Steelers Looking for Redemption in Sudbury on June 22nd When They Meet the Spartans


On Saturday, June 22nd, the sixth place (2-2) Sault Steelers head to Sudbury, Ontario looking for redemption after an 8 – 6 loss to the Sudbury Spartans at Rocky DiPietro Field in Sault Ste Marie on June 8th. The Steelers will hit the field to face the second place (3-1) Spartans in a 7:15 p.m kickoff at James Jerome Sports Complex.

The Steelers take their 2-2 record into the Sudbury to face the northern Ontario rivals with 63 points scored for and 50 points against their first four games of the 2019 NFC season. The second place Spartans take to James Jerome Sports Complex with scoring 108 points and allowing 72 points in the first four matchups of the season for Sudbury.

Before handing the quarterback duties to rookie Ryan Yost, Steeler veteran quarterback Darrell Wood enters June 22nd with 217 yards passing with 20 completions on 39 attempts. In his first appearance as a Steeler in the quarterback position, Yost finished June 15th game with a total of 89 yards in passing with five completions on ten attempts with the longest pass of 37 yards in the Sault’s 41 – 6 win over the North Bay Bulldogs. Steeler veteran Steve Hiiemma is ranked third in scoring in the NFC with three touchdowns for 18 points in the first four games of the season along with Hiiemma carrying the ball 41 times for a total of 191 yards heading into June 22nd contest in Sudbury.

On defense, Justin Cond leads the NFC with the most tackles entering June 22nd with a total of 21 while Chris Solomon is ranked second overall in the NFC with two fumble recoveries. Andrew Batman has one interception on the Steeler defensive line along with Rayvon Hammerstedt sitting in seventh with three batted balls for the Sault.

Brandon Lewis told Saultsports that “it’s a huge rematch and we as a team understand the importance of going into Sudbury with a full roster and putting together our best performance of the season. We had a really good week of practice this week after our win over North Bay. Our offense is finding its rhythm and our big offensive linemen are eager to show how they can dominate the line of scrimmage and have continued success running the ball. We will be looking to our veterans Darrel Wood, Ron Kelly, Steve Hiiemma, Alonzo Clarke, Dan Leduc to lead the way Offensively along with rookie standouts Ryan Yost and Dalton Toppan. Defensively we are a strong unit with our front seven has been very successful getting after the quarterback due to the great coverage provided by our excellent young Defensive backfield of Andrew Dale, Nick Dipisquale, Andrew Batman, Connor Boudreau, Maverick Hill lead by active Steeler great linebacker Matt Gauthier. Justin Cond, Ray Duplan will be looked to shut down Sudbury’s excellent run game of Josh Cuomo of the Spartans.

“With Josh Cuomo running the ball and Taylor Halub at quarterback, Sudbury is a threat to score at any time.  We will need to play a very tough and consistent game to come away with the victory tomorrow. We are excited about this rematch and are very much up to the task at hand,” said Lewis.

Sabercats to Face the Predators in Junior Action on the Road in Waterloo


The junior first place (4-0-1) Sault Sabercats take to the road on Friday, June 21st to meet the fifth place (1-3) Predators on Saturday, June 22nd in Waterloo in junior OFC football action at the Laurier University Stadium in a 2:00 p.m kickoff.

The Sabercats head into Saturday’s matchup in Waterloo with sitting in second with most points scored with 167 while allowing the second least amount of points against with only having opponents scoring 34 points in their first five games of the 2019 season. Quarterback Ryan Barnes heads into June 22nd contest coming off a June 15th 43 – 7 win over the visiting Forest City Thunderbirds with two touchdown runs, three touchdown passes along with 12 completions on 19 attempts for a total of 240 yards passing. Daniel Bumbaco finished week four with 79 yards with five receptions that included two five-yard touchdown passes from quarterback Ryan Barnes. Michael Nicoletta scored one touchdown in the Sabercats fourth win of the season as well as rushing for 129 yards on 12 carries for the Sault. On defense, Jude Rasaiah had three solo tackles and four assisted tackles while Aaron Grandinetti finished June 15th game with four solos and two assisted tackles while Patrick Sarlo and Nathan Lajunen had one interception each for the Sabercats.

Daniel Bumbaco told Saultsports that “we need to continue to practice and improve and that is the key to getting better every game. As strong as we have been we can not take any team for granted or lightly. To be successful on the road this weekend, we have to keep doing what we have done so far this season. Our defense has to continue to make key stops to get us the ball and on offense, we need to play hard for four quarters and keep putting points on the board.”

“We need to be the better team plain and simple, we need to play our game and we need to execute. The defense has been playing lights out and our skill players have been making big plays all season, if we go down there playing our game I believe we will win especially when our offensive line plays to the best of their ability, it all starts with the line of scrimmage” said Ryan Barnes.

The varsity Sabercats have a bye week before returning to action on June 30th in Sault Ste Marie when they play host to the Waterloo Predators in a 2:00 p.m kickoff at Superior Heights.

Inside the Greater Metro Hockey League with the Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Junior Hockey Network Hockey Show host Jay Houslander talks with GMHL Niagara Whaler rookie General Manager Andrew Ferlatte about his transition from a player in 2018-2019 to a general manager in the summer of 2019 as well as GMHL president Bob Russell on as a guest to discuss the GMHL expanding to western Canada.

Soo Black Sox U15U Slides Into Win Over Visiting Soo Michigan U15


Soo Black Sox U15 easily did away with Soo Michigan U15 8-2 on Wednesday, June 19th at Sinclair Field in Sault Ste Marie.

Soo Black Sox U15 opened up scoring in the first inning, when Carter Gallivan tripled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.  Soo Black Sox U15 put up four runs in the second inning. Matthew Gagne, Owen Allen, and Gallivan each drove in runs during the inning.  Allen was the winning pitcher for Soo Black Sox U15. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over three innings, striking out five and walking one. Gagne and Colin Sirois entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.

Gallivan went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead Soo Black Sox 15U in hits. Soo Black Sox U15 stole seven bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Sirois led the way with two.

The Soo U15 Black Sox now prepare for the Wood Bat Invitational in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario on June 21st to 23rd.

Check out Saultsports photographer Bob Davies Soo Black Sox U15 ve Soo Michigan U15 photo gallery.