NOJHL Copeland McNamara Cup Going the Distance After Thunderbird Win Over Lumberjacks


With the west division Soo Thunderbirds down 3 – 2 in the 2019 Copeland McNamara Cup Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League championship series, the Thunderbirds hit the road for a Monday, April 22nd matchup in Hearst, Ontario at the Claude Larose Arena against the east division Hearst Lumberjacks. The Soo is coming off a 4 – 2 game five win in Sault Ste Marie on Saturday, April 20th over the Lumberjacks.

With 3.4 seconds remaining in the second period, Thunderbird forward Nolan Ford slides the opening goal under Hearst netminder Nicholas Tallarico to give the Soo a 1 – 0 lead. Kobe Seguin and Spencer Van Tiem drew the assists on Ford’s third of the postseason. With one second left in game six and Tallarico on the bench for an extra Lumberjack attacker, Lucas Theriault sinks his eleventh of 2019 playoffs into a Hearst empty net for the insurance goal for the win in a penalty-free game six. Thunderbird goaltender William earned his first shutout of the 2019 playoffs with stopping 36 of 36 shots in the Soo’s 2 – 0 while Lumberjack netminder Nicholas Tallarico turned away 22 of 23 shots in the game six loss in Hearst.

“It was a great feeling coming back from being behind 3-1 in the series but it’s not over yet. The boys need to rest up and make sure we are ready for Wednesday,” said Thunderbird Lucas Theriault.

Thunderbird Nolan Ford told that ‘The Refs definitely lets us play, it was a fast game and discipline is huge in games like this. It was such a tight game that we needed to throw everything on the net and for that one to go in right at the end of the period was huge. We knew we had to take it game by game and being able to have the chance to finish it at home is what we battled all year for.”

The Thunderbirds will now host the Hearst Lumberjacks in Sault Ste Marie on April 24th at the John Rhodes Centre for a 7:00 p.m game seven puck drop. The winner of game seven will join the 2019 Dudley Hewitt Cup hosts, the Cochrane Crunch as the NOJHL representative in Cochrane from April 30th to May 4th.

Only 15 Left on the Road to Brooks for the 2019 RBC Cup

from Junior Hockey Network

In September 2018, 133 Canadian Junior Hockey League franchises stepped on the ice for their quest to Brooks, Alberta in May 2019 for the chance to hoist the Royal Bank Cup national championship trophy.

On April 15th, 20 teams were remaining in the hunt for their league championships for the chance to represent their respective league in the nation’s regional championships this spring across Canada to join the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. As of April 22nd, there are only 15 junior ‘A’ franchises that remain in their quest of the national championship.

Dudley Hewitt Cup (Central)
Oakville Blades (OJHL
Thunder Bay North Stars (SIJHL)
Cochrance Crunch (NOJHL-Host)
NOJHL Champion

Monday, April 22nd (7:30 p.m)
Soo Thunderbirds @ Hearst Lumberjacks
Hearst Lumberjacks lead series 3-2

Fred Page Cup (East)
Ottawa Jr. Senators (CCHL)
Yarmounth Mariners (MHL)
Amherst Ramblers (MHL-Host)

Tuesday, April 23rd (7:30 p.m)
Titan de Princeville vs Cobras de Terrebonne

Doyle Cup (Pacific)
Prince George Spruce Kings vs Brooks Bandits

ANAVET Cup (West)
Battlefords North Stars vs MJHL Champion

Monday, April 22nd (7:30 p.m)
Swan Valley Stampeders @ Portage Terriers
Series tied 3-3

LHJAAAQ Titans Open 2019 NAPA Cup Series with Win Against Les Cobras de Terrebonne

from Junior Hockey Network

In Terrebonne, Quebec on April 16th, the Les Cobras de Terrebonne hosted the Princeville Titans in game one of the 2019 Ligue de Hockey Junior du Québec La Coupe NAPA.

Scoring Summary
Princeville Titans (4) vs (2) Les Cobras de Terrebonne
Period 1
(no scoring)

Period 2
3:39 Princeville Titans – Matthew Newbury (Joakim Paradis, Alex Plamondon)
5:13 Les Cobras de Terrebonne – Charles Olivier Ouimet (Charles Farmer, Jeremy Leveille)

Period 3
06:28 Les Cobras de Terrebonne – David Perrault (Charles Farmer, Guillaume Beck)
6:50 Princeville Titans – William Bergeron (Marc-éric Bourque, Joakim Paradis)
1:33 Princeville Titans – Guillaume St-Pierre (Raphael Win)
18:52 Princeville Titans – Joakim Paradis (William Bergeron)

Princeville Titans – Mathieu Bellemare (31/33)
Les Cobras de Terrebonne – Samuel Gagnon (29/32)

Game two will now take place on Thursday, April 18 with a 7:30 pm puck drop with the Les Cobras de Terrebonne facing the Princeville Titans at the Paul-de-la-Sablonnière Sports Center in Princeville, Quebec.

Sault Ste Marie’s Porco, Stevenson, MacKay Among Players Listed on 2019 Central Scouting Final NHL Rankings


On April 15th, the Ontario Hockey League announced that 48 of their players were listed on the NHL Central Scouting final rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia the will take place on June 21st and 22nd. Along those listed were Sault Ste Marie natives Keegan Stevenson of the Guelph Storm, Nicholas Porco of the Saginaw Spirit and Cole MacKay of the Soo Greyhounds.

Along with the three Sault Ste Marie natives, Soo Greyhounds Jacob Leguerrier and Joseph Carroll were also among the other 43 OHL players of 217 NHL Central Scouting in North America that included 26 goaltenders, 29 forwards and 12 defensemen.

Keegan Stevenson told that “it’s an honour to have my name in the NHL draft rankings and I feel very excited for when the draft happens. It definitely gives me motivation and confidence going into game seven on April 16th against the London Knights.”

“I am super excited to play in the playoffs and playing with all the guys. It would mean a lot if I heard my name get called, I have been dreaming about being drafted to the NHL since I was a little kid and it would be a dream come true,” said Stevenson.

Saultsports asked Keegan’s father about being drafted by the Winnipeg Jets, Jeremy Stevenson told us that “I remember being in Montreal for the NHL draft and selected 60th overall in the third round in 1992. My stomach dropped and I started shaking. My dream came true!”

“That’s how I felt and hope my son can get the opportunity to feel the same feeling.  Myself, my wife, Selena, and sister Kayla are very excited for him during this exciting time and hope his dream comes true and he gets drafted. We are proud of him for putting himself in a great position from all his hard work and dedication.”

Keegan Stevenson
Birthdate: (31-12-2000)
Height: 6’1” Weight: 172 lbs
Position: LW
Team: Guelph Storm
NHL Final Ranking: 95th
Drafted: 2016 (6th round, #102 overall)
2018 – 2019 Regular Season (55gp, 19g, 15a, 12 PIMS)
2019 Post Season (9gp, 1a) (*)
2017 – 2018 Regular Season (61gp, 5g, 5a, 2 PIMS)
2017 – 2018 Post Season (6gp, 1g, 2a, 2 PIMS)

Cole MacKay
Birthdate: (13-06-2001)
Height: 5’11” Weight: 185 lbs
Position: RW
Team: Soo Greyhounds
NHL Final Ranking: 99th
Drafted: 2017 (5th round, #98 overall)
2018 – 2019 Regular Season (65gp, 27g, 34a, 38 PIMS)
2019 Post Season (11gp, 1g, 3a, 14 PIMS)
2017 – 2018 Regular Season (42gp, 5g, 9a, 10 PIMS)
2018 Post Season (17gp, 1g, 4 PIMS)

Nicholas Porco
Birthdate: (12-03-2001)
Height: 6’0” Weight: 175 lbs
Position: LW
Team: Saginaw Spirit
NHL Final Ranking: 103rd
Drafted: 2017 (1st Round, 4th overall)
2018 – 2019 Regular Season (67gp, 20g, 16a, 20 PIMS)
2019 Post Season (9gp, 3g, 3a, 4 PIMS) (*)
2017 – 2018 Regular Season (57gp, 5g, 9a, 23 PIMS)
2018 Post Season (4gp, 1g, 1a, 2 PIMS)

Jacob Leguerrier
Birthdate: (11-22-2000)
Height: 6’3” Weight: 197 lbs
Position: D
Team: Soo Greyhounds
NHL Final Ranking: 92nd
Drafted: 2016 (8th Round, 150th overall)
2018 – 2019 Regular Season (68gp, 6g, 10a, 52 PIMS)
2019 Post Season (11gp, 2a, 8 PIMS)
2017 – 2018 Regular Season (62gp, 11a, 43 PIMS)
2018 Post Season (20gp, 2g, 1a, 8 PIMS)
2016 – 2017 Regular Season (35gp, 6a, 16 PIMS)
2017 Post Season (3gp, 7 PIMS)

Joseph Carroll
Birthdate: (02-01-2001)
Height: 6’3” Weight: 195 lbs
Position: C
Team: Soo Greyhounds
NHL Final Ranking: 101st
Drafted: 2017 (4th Round, 78th overall)
2018 – 2019 Regular Season (65gp, 9g, 22a, 71 PIMS)
2019 Post Season (8gp, 2g, 1a, 10 PIMS)
2017 – 2018 Regular Season (53gp, 9g, 9a, 26 PIMS)
2018 Post Season (24gp, 1g, 3a, 16 PIMS)

(*) stats as of April 15th

Theriault, Boman, Tallarico Named NOJHL Week Six Playoff Stars

from Junior Hockey Network

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday, April 15th that Soo Thunderbirds forwards Lucas Theriault and Noah Boman, along with goaltender Nicholas Tallarico of the Hearst Lumberjacks have been named its Three Stars of the Week for the period ending April 14th.

LUCAS THERIAULT, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – Theriault continued his scoring prowess for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie side last week. He began by dishing out a pair of assists, including one on the game-winner, as the Thunderbirds claimed the NOJHL’s West Division playoff crown over Rayside-Balfour.

Heading into Game 1 of the finals, the 19-year-old notched the deciding marker and helped set-up another tally in a 3-2 triumph. Theriault also scored once more in a Game 2 setback against Hearst. Presently riding a five-game point streak, he sits tied for the league postseason scoring lead with 20 points, including nine goals.

NOAH BOMAN, (F) SOO THUNDERBIRDS – Boman too has points in five straight outings and is just one shy of a share for the overall scoring lead with 19 in total.Among the efforts of the 18-year-old, who is also from Sault Ste. Marie, was picking up helpers in all three contests the Soo skated in during the time frame as well as scoring once.

His 13 helpers pace all NOJHL players to date in the playoffs.

NICHOLAS TALLARICO, (G) HEARST LUMBERJACKS – Continuing to keep the Lumberjacks in every game, Tallarico has helped his squad earn a road split to commence the league championship series heading home to Claude Larose Arena for Games 3 & 4 Wednesday and Thursday.

Having faced the most shots against so far in the 2019 playoffs at 406, the now 21-year-old stopper from Vancouver, British Columbia has nine victories to his credit, which ties him for the NOJHL lead with Colin Ahern of the Thunderbirds. Tallarico also picked up an assist in Sunday’s Game 2 triumph in the Soo.

NOJHL Three Stars Playoffs
Week 1
Tyler Masternak, (G) Timmins Rock
Garret Boyonoski, (G) Blind River Beavers
Caleb Serre, (F) Blind River Beavers

Week 2
David Bowen, (G) Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Joe Vrbetic, (G) Powassan Voodoos
Shane Brancato, (G) Soo Eagles

Week 3
Ryan Peck, (F) Blind River Beavers
Nicholas Tallarico, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
Evan Krassey, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 4
Bradley Golant, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks
LucasTheriault, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Blaise Arkle, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks

Week 5
Max Johnson, (F) Hearst Lumberjacks
Nicholas Tallarico, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks
Kyle Liinamaa, (F) Rayside-Balfour Canadians

Week 6
LucasTheriault, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Noah Boman, (F) Soo Thunderbirds
Nicholas Tallarico, (G) Hearst Lumberjacks

Down to 20 on the Road to Brooks

from Junior Hockey Network

In September 2018, 133 Canadian Junior Hockey League franchises stepped on the ice for their quest to Brooks, Alberta in May 2019 for the chance to hoist the Royal Bank Cup national championship trophy.

On April 8th, 34 teams were remaining in the hunt for their league championships for the chance to represent their respective league in the nation’s regional championships this spring across Canada to join the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits. As of April 15th, there are only 20 junior ‘A’ franchises that remain in their quest of the national championship.

Total Teams – 133
*Teams Remaining – 20

Blind River Beavers
Cochrane Crunch
Elliot Lake Wildcats
Espanola Express (missed playoffs)
French River Rapids (missed playoffs)
*Hearst Lumberjacks
Kirkland Lake Gold Miners
Powassan Voodoos
Rayside-Balfour Canadians
Soo Eagles
*Soo Thunderbirds
Timmins Rock

Aurora Tigers
Brampton Admirals
Brantford 99ers (missed playoffs)
Buffalo Jr. Sabres
Burlington Cougars
Cobourg Cougars
Georgetown Raiders
Kingston Voyageurs (missed playoffs)
Lindsay Muskies (missed playoffs)
Markham Royals
Mississauga Chargers (missed playoffs)
Newmarket Hurricanes
North York Rangers
*Oakville Blades
Pickering Panthers (missed playoffs)
St. Michael’s Buzzers
Stouffville Spirit (missed playoffs)
Toronto Jr. Canadiens
Toronto Patriots
Trenton Golden Hawks
*Wellington Dukes
Whitby Fury

Dryden Ice Dogs
Fort Frances Lakers
Minnesota Iron Rangers
*Red Lake Miners
Thief River Falls Norskies
*Thunder Bay North Stars

Brockville Braves
*Carleton Place Canadians
Cornwall Colts
Hawkesbury Hawks
Kanata Lasers
Kemptville 73’s
Navan Grads
Nepean Raiders
*Ottawa Jr. Senators
Pembroke Lumber Kings
Rockland Nationals
Smiths Falls Bears

Forts de Chambly
L’Everest de la Côte-du-Sud (missed playoffs)
Flames de Gatineau (missed playoffs)
Inouk de Granby
Revolution du Lac St-Louis (missed playoffs)
Collège Français de Longueuil
Rangers de Montréal-Est (missed playoffs)
Arctic de Montréal-Nord (missed playoffs)
*Titan de Princeville
Prédateurs de Saint-Gabriel-de-Brandon
Panthères de Saint-Jérôme
*Cobras de Terrebonne
Braves de Valleyfield

Amherst Ramblers
*Campbellton Tigers
Edmundston Blizzard
Grand Falls Rapids
Miramichi Timberwolves
Pictou County Crushers
St. Stephen Aces
South Shore Lumberjacks
Summerside Western Capitals
Truro Bearcats
Valley Wildcats
*Yarmouth Mariners

Bonnyville Pontiacs
*Brooks Bandits
Calgary Canucks
Calgary Mustangs
Camrose Kodiaks
Canmore Eagles
Drayton Valley Thunder
Drumheller Dragons
Fort McMurray Oil Barons
Grande Prairie Storm
Lloydminster Bobcats (missed playoffs)
Okotoks Oilers
Olds Grizzlys (missed playoffs)
Sherwood Park Crusaders
*Spruce Grove Saints
Whitecourt Wolverines

Alberni Valley Bulldogs
Chilliwack Chiefs
Coquitlam Express
Cowichan Valley Capitals
Langley Rivermen
Merritt Centennials
Nanaimo Clippers
Penticton Vees
Powell River Kings
*Prince George Spruce Kings
Salmon Arm Silverbacks
Surrey Eagles (missed playoffs)
Trail Smoke Eaters
*Vernon Vipers
Victoria Grizzlies
Wenatchee Wild
West Kelowna Warriors

Dauphin Kings
Neepawa Natives (missed playoffs)
OCN Blizzard (missed playoffs)
*Portage Terriers
Selkirk Steelers
*Steinbach Pistons
Swan Valley Stampeders
Virden Oil Capitals
Waywayseecappo Wolverines
Winkler Flyers (missed playoffs)
Winnipeg Blues

*Battlefords North Stars
Estevan Bruins
Flin Flon Bombers
Humboldt Broncos
Kindersley Klippers
La Ronge Ice Wolves (missed playoffs)
*Melfort Mustangs
Melville Millionaires (missed playoffs)
Nipawin Hawks
Notre Dame Hounds
Weyburn Red Wings
Yorkton Terriers

Sault College Cougars Name Ryan Vendramin & Mercedes Ryan 2018/19 Athletes of the Year

from Saultsports

On Thursday, April 11th, the Sault College Cougars celebrated another year in the sport at the 52nd Annual Athletic Awards night held at Grand Gardens North. A crowd of 175 student-athletes, coaches, staff and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate another banner season for the Cougars. The event recognized Sault College student-athlete achievements both in and out of the classroom.

The 2018-19 season saw the Cougars field nine teams in the sports of Golf, Cross Country, Curling, (M/W) Basketball, (M/W) Hockey and (M/W) Indoor Soccer. This included 150 student-athletes and 33 coaches who donned the Cougar colours in competitions across Canada and the United States. Amongst the hardware given out were the most valuable players in each sport.

The night also saw the presentation of long-standing awards to student-athletes who in their day-to-day lives represent their respective teams and Sault College as a whole at an exemplary level:

G.R. Hodgson Award
Megan Turcotte (Sault Ste. Marie/Police Foundations) – Women’s Hockey
Ryan Vendramin (Sault Ste. Marie/Police Foundations) – Men’s Hockey

Gerry McGuire Award
Matt Trainor – Director of Student Services

Coach of the Year
Mike Hall – Men’s Hockey

Team of the Year
Men’s Hockey

Rookie of the Year
Emma Filion (Sault Ste. Marie/BScN) – Women’s Basketball
Max Khull (Echo Bay/Police Foundations) – Men’s Hockey

The festivities concluded with the naming of our Athletes of the Year presented by Matt Trainor, Director of Student Services. The Female Athlete of the Year was a graduating women’s basketball player Mercedes Ryan (Sault Ste. Marie/CYW) who took home the prestigious award capping a brilliant career at the college. Mercedes, the captain of the basketball team, was named as the OCAA Athlete of the Week in February. Over her time at the college, she has been a leading scorer and dominates force for the Cougars.

The Ross Bachert Male Athlete of the Year was awarded to Ryan Vendramin (Sault Ste. Marie/Police Foundations) of the Men’s Hockey team. Vendramin, the team’s captain, was chosen this year to represent the American Collegiate Hockey Association as a member of the ACHA Division 3 Selects in Russia for the Student Hockey Challenge. He went on to become the overall leading scorer in the ACHA Division 3 and was selected as the league MVP in Dallas where he led the Cougars to their first National Championship in school history.

The Cougars Athletic department would like to wish all of its graduating student-athletes good luck and thank all of our coaches and staff who made the year’s successes possible through their hard work and dedication. The Cougars are looking forward to the next season as they welcome in a new year of recruits and the pursuit of both provincial and national glory.

Source: Sault College Athletics

Thunderbirds Take Game One Over Lumberjacks in NOJHL Copeland McNamara Cup Final


On April 13th in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, the west division champions, the Soo Thunderbirds hosted the east division champions, the Hearst Lumberjacks in the 2019 Copeland McNamara Cup game one best of seven Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League final.

5:43 into the opening period and shorthanded, Garrett Giertuga fires an unassisted goal with a wrist shot past Thunderbird goaltender Colin Ahern’s left pad after a Lumberjack breakaway to give Hearst a 1 – 0 lead. At 12:29 of the period, Lucas Theriault fires a cross-ice to Noah Boman to pull the Soo even 1 – 1 to find the back of Lumberjack netminder Nicholas Tallarico. With a Soo on a power play with 2:03 remaining in the period, veteran forward Nick Smith sends the Thunderbirds into the second intermission 2 – 1 with a slapshot from the right faceoff circle. Noah Boman and Steven Bellini had the helpers on Smith’s go-ahead goal.

At 15:17 of the middle stanza, Lucas Thierault breaks in alone on a Thunderbird breakaway to increase the lead to 3 – 1 with Noah Boman drawing the contributor on Theriault’s eighth of the postseason. With time ticking down, Lumberjack Bradley Golant finds the back of Ahern’s net for the final goal of the contest from the right of the Soo’s net with 45 seconds left in game one. Max Griffioen and Troy Daniels notched the assists on Golant’s fifth of the 2019 playoffs. Nicholas Tallarico stopped 32 of 35 shots in the Lumberjacks game one loss while Colin Ahern turned away 32 of 34 shots in Thunderbirds 3 – 2 win.

Spencer Van Tiem told Saultsports that “it’s always huge to get the first win so we can grab that momentum early on and it was great to do that tonight. We played a great team game. From top to bottom everyone contributed in their own way. With the quick turn around going into game two it’s important we get our rest and come out tomorrow playing with the same compete level. We know they are going to be coming hard again.”

Saultsports photographer Bob Davies of game one between the Thunderbirds vs Lumberjacks in NOJHL action (coming soon).

The Soo take a 1 – 0 lead into April 14th game two against the Lumberjacks in a 5:00 p.m puck drop.

Thunderbirds Open Copeland McNamara Cup Against Lumberjacks in 2019 NOJHL Final 04/12/19

from Junior Hockey Network

John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario will be the site Saturday at 7:00 p.m as the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League championship series between the Soo Thunderbirds and Hearst Lumberjacks begins as the two sides commence their quest for the Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy.

This marks the first-ever playoff meeting between the Thunderbirds and Lumberjacks, who both finished atop their respective divisions in the league.

HOW THEY ARRIVED: For the Soo, who claimed the NOJHL’s regular season title with a league-best 44-11-0-1 overall record, they punched their ticket to the final after taking the West Division playoff crown.

They won their first two playoff match-ups with identical 4-2 series triumphs over both the Blind River Beavers and the Rayside-Balfour Canadians.

As for Hearst, they finished with the second-best mark in the league during the campaign as they went 33-16-6-1 overall to claim their initial East Division title with 73 points.

The Lumberjacks enter the final on an impressive run, having won seven consecutive contests.

After falling behind three games to one to the Timmins Rock, Hearst reeled off three straight triumphs to win that best-of-seven, that went the distance.

They then went on to sweep the Powassan Voodoos to claim their initial East postseason title.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: The two teams met just twice during the course of the campaign, with each club coming away with a victory apiece on home ice.

The Soo won 4-3 at John Rhodes back on October 27th with four different skaters scoring for the Thunderbirds, including Nolan Ford’s game-winner nine minutes into the third period.

All three Hearst markers were provided via the power play in that one.

Picking up the win goal for the Thunderbirds was William Anderson as he made 20 stops in the triumph while Tomi Gagnon faced 21 attempts in defeat.

Countering, it was the Lumberjacks who prevailed in their second meeting just five nights later as NOJHL MVP Nicholas Tallarico was stellar in a 43-save shutout decision over the Soo at Claude Larose Arena.

That contest was scoreless until 3:25 of the third when Bradley Golant notched the eventual difference maker during a man advantage opportunity. He also rounded out the scoring with a late empty netter.

Anderson was also between the pipes for the Thunderbirds in that match-up, allowing two on 21 shots.

The trio of Nick Smith, Noah Boman and Matthew Bazarin paced the Soo offensively vs. Hearst with a goal and an assist each.

As for Hearst, it was Golant, Jake Desando and Cameron Clark that led their side vs. Sault Ste. Marie as they each picked up three points.

SCORING: Lucas Theriault continues his solid season as he leads all playoff performers in scoring with 17 points on seven goals and 10 assists.

Right behind him is Max Johnson of Hearst with 16 points, including a league-best 10 tallies.

Noah Boman of the Soo sits tied for fourth with 15 points while the Lumberjacks Golant is close by with 16, as his 10 helpers knots him for the NOJHL postseason lead in that department.

Spencer Van Tiem of the Thunderbirds is also in the Top 10 in playoff scoring as he shares seventh overall with 13 points to his credit, entering the finals.

Theriault and Boman tied for the league-lead in points during the regular season with 76 apiece. Theriault was tops in tallies with 40 and game-winning goals with nine while Boman led in assists with 52.

Of note, of the nine goals Spencer Van Tiem had on the year, five of them were game-winners, which tied him for fourth in the NOJHL in that category.

During the regular season Jake Desando (30g-45a-75pts) and Max Griffioen (29g-43-a-72pts) finished third and fourth respectively in NOJHL scoring.

Alec Johnson was fourth in league D-man scoring with 43 points as he scored 12 times and helped set-up 31 more.

GOALTENDERS: Both Colin Ahern of Sault Ste. Marie and Nicholas Tallarico share the league lead in playoff wins with eight apiece.

Ahern sports a 2.47 goals-against average in the playoffs while Tallarico is not far off at 2.51.

They are also close in save percentage with Tallarico sporting a .912 mark and Ahern is at .910.

The Soo duo of Ahern and Anderson won the NOJHL’s Team Goaltending Award for allowing the fewest goals-against during the regular season at 145 and combined to register 44 wins overall.

Tallarico saw the bulk of the work during the regular season for the Lumberjacks as he produced a 24-10-5-1 record along with three shutouts.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Hearst went three for 11 vs. the Soo on the power play in their two get togethers while the Thunderbirds went two for 11 against the Lumberjacks.

So far in the playoffs Sault Ste. Marie boasts a 21.2% success rate on the man advantage while Hearst sits at 17.9%.

On the penalty kill, the Soo boasts an 82.7% success rate in the postseason while the Lumberjacks sit at 75.6%

TEAM PLAYOFF NOTES: Hearst leads the league in overall playoff attendance to date at 5,822, averaging 970 fans per game at Claude Larose Arena. … Lucas Theriault leads the NOJHL in power play assists in the playoffs with seven. … He is also tied with Noah Boman for top spot in postseason points, via the man advantage, with eight. … Brendan Miller of the Soo leads all skaters in game-winning goals with three. … Nicholas Tallarico has played the most minutes in net at 718 while Colin Ahern is next at 704. … Troy Daniels sits second in scoring among defencemen as the Hearst blueliner has eight points. … Steven Bellini of the Thunderbirds is knotted for fifth with a half dozen points. … The Soo is four and two at home, and on the road, so far in the playoffs. … As for Hearst, they are 5-1 at home and 3-2 as the visitor. … The Lumberjacks are 2-2 in overtime while the Thunderbirds are 0-1. … The Soo is 7-2 when scoring first in the postseason and Hearst is 4-2. … The Thunderbirds are 5-1 when leading after one period of play and a perfect 7-0 when up after 40 minutes. … As for the Lumberjacks, they boast a 4-2 mark when up through one and are unbeaten at 6-0 when leading heading to the second intermission. … Nolan Ford of the Soo has a modest three-game assist streak in tact while Max Griffioen has points in four in a row. … With seven consecutive victories to their credit, Hearst sports the longest in the NOJHL since the Powassan Voodoos reeled off 12 straight wins back in 2017 en route to a league championship. … The Thunderbirds also had seven straight triumphs in 2016 as they did in 2015. … Back in 2014 and 2013, the Soo racked up nine wins in succession in the playoffs.

WHAT’S NEXT: The NOJHL winner will advance to the Dudley-Hewitt Cup Central Canadian Jr. A Championship, April 30 – May 4, in Cochrane.

Joining the league title holder will be fellow NOJHL-side, the host Cochrane Crunch along with the champions of both the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Superior International Junior Hockey League.

The OJHL Buckland Cup final features the defending Dudley-Hewitt Cup-winning Wellington Dukes taking on the Oakville Blades.

As for the SIJHL, the Thunder Bay North Stars and Red Lake Miners will vie for the Bill Salonen Cup.

Awaiting the DHC champion will be a berth in the Canadian National Jr. A event, May 11-19, in Brooks, Alta.

All contests in the NOJHL final will be streamed live online at

Soo Thunderbirds vs. Hearst Lumberjacks
Best-of-seven series
Game 1: Saturday, April 13 @ Sault Ste. Marie 7 p.m. (John Rhodes Community Centre)
Game 2: Sunday, April 14 @ Sault Ste. Marie 5 p.m. (John Rhodes Community Centre)
Game 3: Wednesday, April 17 @ Hearst 7 p.m. (Claude Larose Arena)
Game 4: Thursday, April 18 @ Hearst 7 p.m. (Claude Larose Arena)
Game 5*: Saturday, April 20 @ Sault Ste. Marie 7 p.m. (John Rhodes Community Centre)
Game 6*: Monday, April 22 @ Hearst 7 p.m. (Claude Larose Arena)
Game 7*: Wednesday, April 24 @ Sault Ste. Marie 7 p.m. (John Rhodes Community Centre)
(* if necessary)

Source: NOJHL

Peewee AA Greyhounds Open 2019 OHF Championships with Win Against Jets 04 /12/19


In Streetsville, Ontario in Peewee AA 2019 Ontario Hockey Federation Championships on April 12th, the Soo Jr Greyhounds hit the ice on Friday morning to meet the Mississauga Jets in their first game of round robin action of the 2019 Peewee AA Championships.

Scoring Summary
Mississauga Jets (1) vs (5) Soo Greyhounds
Period 1
9:51 – Soo Jr. Greyhounds – Lucas Green (Kadin Johnston)

Period 2
4:36 – Soo Jr. Greyhounds – Gabriel Palumbo (Lucas Green, Gage Evans) (SH)
11:36 – Soo Jr. Greyhounds – Lucas Green (Gage Evans) (PP)
14:12 – Mississauga Jets – Keiran Konerira (Dylan Plut, Aidan Hurley)

Period 3
6:12 – Soo Jr. Greyhounds – Lucas Green (Darion Pucci, Kadin Johnston)
12:03 – Soo Jr. Greyhounds – Wyatt Leblanc (Rowan Wyslocky)

Goaltender – Grant Mathewson

The Greyhounds next opponent will be the Richmond Hill Stars on Friday afternoon in a 4:00 p.m matchup.