Schwartzenburg Gets it Done at Flamboro

Source: Rev It Up Racing

The official halfway point of the 2019 season for the APC Series saw the tour return to Flamboro Speedway for the annual running of the LRR 100. 25 cars made the trip to the tight bullring, all with the common goal of reaching the top tier of the podium.

Group qualifying saw Ryan Kimball earn the quick time with a 15.057 bettering Jordan Sims and Jake Sheridan.

The full field of Pro Late Models roared to life with the sweet sound of engines and smell of VP Race Fuel filling the air as Junior Farrelly showed the way. Farrelly would lead the opening portion of the race with Danny Benedict following behind. Benedict would slip back to the eight position on lap 13 after finding himself on the high side and getting freight trained.

A long green flag run opened the race as Farrelly continued to show the way. Shae Gemmell moved into the top three on lap 34 and began to close the gap to second immediately. The first caution flag of the race came on lap 39 when Josh Stade went around in turn four. The caution offered teams their first opportunity to collect themselves and several drivers made their way to the pits for adjustments.

Treyten Lapcevich took the lead on the ensuing restart before the caution flag was shown again, this time for Patrick Freel coming to a stop with a flat rear tire. The restart saw more trouble as Gord Shepherd and Jo Lawrence tangled on the back straightaway and eventually crashed in turn three.

Once the race returned to green flag conditions, Treyten Lapcevich would continue to work the field and show the way at an impressive pace. 48 laps into the LRR 100 the caution would be displayed for the fourth time as Jo Lawrence went around off of turn two after having a severe tire rub for several laps prior.

At the halfway point in the race, there was big trouble as Jordan Sims locked up the brakes and slid into turn three, tagging Junior Farrelly. Several cars came to rest, however, most avoided any heavy damage and were able to continue.

After another long green flag run, the caution flag came out on lap 85 after Branden Verhoeven spun off of turn four. The restart saw Matt Pritiko slide back after contact, allowing Lapcevich to slip away once again. Shae Gemmell moved into second with Billy Shwartzenburg moving into third. Just a few laps later, on lap 87, Jordan Sims went around to bring out the seventh caution. Lap 93 proved to be troublesome as the caution came out for several cars tangling. On the lap 93 restart, Shae Gemmell went hard into the turn three wall, destroying his race car while running in the runner-up position.

The final caution came on lap 97 when Branden Verhoeven found himself against the turn four wall. The restart saw Billy Schwartzenburg stick his #86 to the high side and cleanly pass Treyten Lapcevich. Lapcevich attempted the bump and run in the final corner and got under Schwartzenburg, setting up a drag race to the checkered flag. Billy Schwartzenburg would beat Lapcevich by a nose to score his first ever APC Series win. Ryan Kimball would round out the podium with a third-place result.

The APC Series will head back to Jukasa Motor Speedway on Thursday, July 25th for round six on the 2019 tour. Racing icon Kenny Wallace will race with the APC Series in what is a must-see event on the calendar. More information can be found on

Photo: Dave Franks Photography

Hockey Canada Selects Team East & West Coaches for 2019 World Jr A Challenge

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Nine coaches have been selected to lead Team Canada East and Team Canada West at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge, scheduled for December 7th – 15th at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Martin Dagenais (Embrun, Ont./Ottawa, CCHL) makes his return to Team Canada East as head coach, having previously served as an assistant coach at the 2016 and 2017 World Junior A Challenges, winning a silver medal in 2017. Dagenais will be joined by assistant coaches Corey Beer (Oshawa, Ont./Timmins, NOJHL), who assisted Team Canada East at the 2018 World Junior A Challenge, Greg Leland (Quispamsis, N.B./Campbellton, MHL), who has served as an assistant coach for Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge four times (1998, 2002, 2008, 2011), and Dan Sauvé (Ottawa/Rockland, CCHL), who will make his international coaching debut.

For Team Canada West, Joe Martin (Kingston, Ont./Alberni Valley, BCHL) makes his return to the World Junior A Challenge for the third-consecutive year, taking over as head coach after serving as an assistant for the past two years, winning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2018. Martin will be joined by assistant coaches Mike Vandekamp (Fort St. John, B.C./Cowichan Valley, BCHL) and Scott Barney (Oshawa, Ont./Humboldt, SJHL), who will make their international coaching debuts. Clayton Jardine (Lacombe, Alta./Camrose, AJHL), who suited up for Team Pacific at the 2008 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, will support the team as video coach, while Allen York (Wetaskiwin, Alta./Camrose, AJHL), who won a gold medal with Team Canada West at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge and represented Canada at the 2013 Spengler Cup, will serve as goaltending coach.

“The coaches selected to lead Team Canada East and Team Canada West bring a combination of Junior A and international experience as players and coaches, and represent the level of talent in the coaching ranks in junior hockey in Canada,” said Brent Ladds, Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) president. “It’s exciting to see our coaches moving into new roles with the two Canadian teams at the World Junior A Challenge and to welcome coaches who are new to international competition. We believe this year’s coaching staffs for both teams will benefit the players selected to participate, and bring their international experience back to their club teams.”

The CJHL also announced that Mark Grady (Halifax, N.S.) has been named director of operations for Team Canada East. Grady, who won bronze in 2007 as an assistant coach and silver as head coach in 2008, will make his fourth appearance with Team Canada East. Jamie McCaig (Edmonton, Alta./Alberni Valley, BCHL) will move into the role of director of operations for Team Canada West after serving as a goaltending coach for the past two years, winning gold in 2017 and bronze in 2018.

Dawson Creek will host the World Junior A Challenge for the first time, and the local host committee will look to continue its historic success with Hockey Canada events. The city most recently hosted Canada’s National Women’s Team Fall Festival in September 2018, as well as the 2015 and 2017 World Under-17 Hockey Challenges, and 2012 National Women’s Under-18 Championship.

The 2019 World Junior A Challenge represents a partnership between Hockey Canada, the CJHL, B.C. Hockey, NHL Central Scouting, and the local host committee. The international showcase features two Canadian teams – Team Canada East and Team Canada West – along with the Czech Republic, Russia, and the United States.

Source: Hockey Canada

Sabercats Calm the Hurricanes in OFC Junior Football Action on the Road


In junior OFC football action on Sunday, July 7th, the second place Sault Sabercats hit the road to meet the sixth place Hamilton Hurricanes at the Tim Horton Field in Hamilton, Ontario.  The Junior Sabercats are coming off a bye OFC week.

In a 36 – 17 win over the Hurricanes, Michael Nicoletta led the offence with two touchdowns with a two yard and three yard touchdown carries while Konnor Ritchie carried the ball into Hamilton’s endzone with a three yard carry for a Sault touchdown.   Sabercat quarterback Ryan Barnes finds Gabe Barkley with a 30 yard pass touchdown for the Sault along with Kaiden Fisher running for a 75 yard touchdown to round the majors for the Sabercats.  Tayvin Russon recorded a safety in the Sault’s 36 – 17 win in the afternoon matinee in Hamilton.

Sabercat junior coach Jim Monico told Saultsports that “today’s win wasn’t our best performance. We were inconsistent throughout. We are happy with the result and will continue to work to improve heading into our final regular season game next week at home against the Sturgeons.”

The Sabercats will host the Sarnia Sturgeon on July 13th at Superior Heights in a junior OFC football 1:00 p.m afternoon matinee.

Soo City United Girls Host Out of Town West Region Soccer League Opponents


Three Soo City United girl’s teams took to the field over the July 6th and 7th weekend in West Region Soccer League action in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. The third-place Soo City United U14 hosted the fifth place Woodstock Strikers at Tom Tipton while the fifth place Soo City United U15 took to the field at Strathclair Field on Saturday and Sunday to meet the eighth-place Sarnia Spirit. In U21 West Region Soccer League action, the seventh place Soo City United U18 faced the first place London Bryon Royals at Tom Tipton on July 6th and 7th.

Check out Saultsports photographer Bob Davies Soo City United U18 action photo galleries.

U18 Girls (U21 Division)
Saturday, July 6th
London Byron Royals (3) @ (0) Soo City United
Goaltender – Emma Rushon

Sunday, July 7th
London Byron Royals (2) @ (1) Soo City United
Goaltender – Aysia Solomon
Goals: Amber Dunbar

Next Up
July 13th Soo City United @ Eastside Kickers (Windsor, ON) 4:00 p.m
July 14th Soo City United @ Eastside Kickers (Windsor, ON) 1:00 p.m

U15 Girls
Saturday, July 6th
Sarnia Spirit (1) @ @ (1) Soo City United
Goaltender – Amanda Guzzo
Goals – Remy Delorenzi

Sunday, July 7th
Sarnia Spirit (0) @ (2) Soo City United
Goaltender – Amanda Guzzo (Shutout)
Goals – Ava Provenzano, Madalyn Clement

Next Up
July 27th Soo City United @ Puslinch Predators (Puslinch, ON) 6:00 p.m
July 28th Soo City United @ Puslinch Predators (Puslinch, ON) 10:00 a.m

U14 Girls
Saturday, July 6th
Woodstock Strikers (1) @ (0) Soo City United
Goaltender – Mikayla Tremblay

Sunday, July 7th
Woodstock Strikers (1) @ (5) Soo City United
Goaltender – Mikayla Tremblay
Goals – Gabriella Lepore, Isabella Fata [2], Ashlyn Noble, Aleya Dumanski

Next Up
July 13th London United Gryphons @ Soo City United (Strathclair Field) 4:00 p.m
July 14th London United Gryphons @ Soo City United (Strathclair Field) 10:00 a.m

Imperials Hand Steelers Fourth Loss of the Season in NFC Action in Sault Ste Marie


On Saturday, July 6th in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, the (3-3) sixth place Sault Steelers hosted the fifth place (3-2) Sarnia Imperials in Northern Football Conference action at Rocky DiPietro Field. The Steelers were coming off a 38 – 0 win over the Oakville Longhorns on June 29th in Sault Ste Marie.

At 9:49 of the opening quarter, Alonzo Clarke scores the Sabercats first touchdown of the game with Brady Smith adding a convert to give the Sault a 7 – 0 lead. Sarnia quarterback Julian Shadd-Gentry throws a pass to Curtis Godfrey at 11:42 of the second quarter to pull the Imperials within one. Josh Graham finds the uprights for the convert to tie the game 7 – 7 for the visitors. With a 26-yard field goal, Brady Smith kicks a field goal to give the Steelers their second lead of the contest at 9:09 of the second quarter. After catching a ten – yard pass from Shadd-Gentry, Micah Moore gives the Imperials a 13 – 7 lead at seven minutes even of the second quarter. Graham kicks his second convert of the game to add to Sarnia’s lead.

With 23.5 seconds remaining in the half, Steeler quarterback Darrell Wood finds Dalton Toppan in the Imperial endzone with a 24-yard pass. With a convert, Brady Smith sends the Sault into halftime up 17 – 14. At 13:14 of the final quarter, Micah Moore catches his second touchdown pass of Saturday evening’s game to give Sarnia a 20 – 17 lead with an unsuccessful Imperial convert. Josh Wright increases the visitors lead to 27 – 17 at 11:21 with a Convert by Josh Graham. Julian Shadd-Gentry throws a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jason Kelly at 6:03 to give the Imperials a 34 – 17 win over the Steelers after a Graham convert.

On offense, Dalton Toppan led the Steelers with 70 yards on three catches along with Alonzo Clarke carrying the ball for a total of 90 yards in the Sault’s fourth loss of the 2019 season. On the defensive side, Ray Duplin had seven tackles and a fumble recovery with Andrew Batman completing five tackles for the Steelers.

Check out Saultsports photographer Bob Davies photo gallery of the Sault Steelers versus Sarnia Imperials in NFC action.

With a bye on July 13th, the (3-4) Steelers will round out their 2019 regular NFC season with a July 20th matchup in North Bay when they face the Bulldogs.

Varsity Sault Sabercats Improve to 5-1-1 with Road Win Over Bulldogs in Brampton


In a 6:00 p.m kickoff at Chinguacousy Park in Brampton, Ontario on July 6th, the (4-1-1) varsity Sault Sabercats took to the field to face the seventh place (0-6) Brampton Bulldogs on OFC football regular season action. The Sabercats are coming off their first loss of the 2019 season with a 27 – 10 loss in Sault Ste Marie on June 30th to the visiting Waterloo Predators.

With their fifth win of the 2019 season, Sabercat quarterback Jordan Robinson-Wright threw four touchdown passes in the 53 – 14 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday evening in Brampton. Rob Wright led the Sabercats with two receiving touchdowns while Tyler Brechin, Travis Johnson, Nick Pagnotta, Carter Harrison and Colton Smithers each contributed one major each in the win. Julian Gioia led the defense with six sacks for the Sabercats against the Bulldogs.

“I am happy with the outcome today and had a lot of guys contribute which was nice to see. Still, need to make some improvements on special teams but we will keep getting better in practice as we build towards the playoffs,” said varsity coach Matt Premo.

The Sabercats will close out their 2019 regular season when they hit the road on July 14th to meet the sixth place Hamilton Hurricanes at Tim Hortons Field in a 2:00 p.m kickoff.

NOJHL Releases 2019-2020 Regular Season Schedule


The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Thursday, July 4th it’s regular season schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign.

Each of the league’s 12 member clubs will compete in 56 contests with 27 apiece played at both home and on the road.

The other two games for the teams will be made up during the annual NOJHL Showcase October 15th – 16th, which for the first time will be held at Big Bear Arena in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

This two-day event will feature six match-ups per day with the results in each contest counting towards the regular season standings.

“Having the opportunity to hold our annual Showcase in Michigan should only help increase the number of NCAA scouts that will be in attendance and assist us in further showcasing our players who are looking to continue their careers by playing collegiately in the U.S.,” offered NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

“Also of note, being just across the bridge from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario it allows Ontario Hockey League clubs and Canadian university programs close access to check out the Showcase as well,” added Mazzuca.

Start times, the respective opponents and additional information for the NOJHL Showcase will be announced in the coming days.

Game action for the regular season will commence on Thursday, Sept. 5 and will conclude on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

The league’s playoff format will be released at a later date.

Also of note, the NOJHL has accepted an invitation from both the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to take part in their annual MJHL/SJHL Showcase, which will be held Jan. 21-22 in Regina, Sask.

The NOJHL will be sending two teams to compete in that event.

One squad will consist of players from within the league who are 16, 17 and 18 years of age while the second team will be made up of individuals who are either 19 or 20.

A director of operations and coaching staffs, as well as the rosters that will comprise the two NOJHL sides there will be named at a later date.

“The NOJHL is very excited for this tremendous opportunity to work with the SJHL & MJHL in this event as it gives our players the chance to further showcase themselves in an elite environment in front of scouts and coaches from all levels as well as compete against the top prospects from the MJHL and SJHL,” stated NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca.

“I want to personally thank both SJHL president Bill Chow and MJHL commissioner Kim Davis for the invitation to compete in this heavily-scouted event,” added Mazzuca.

The following is the opening week of NOJHL’s 2019-20 regular season schedule, with dates and times subject to change:

Thursday, Sept. 5 French River Rapids @ Cochrane Crunch 7 p.m. (Tim Horton Event Centre)
Thursday, Sept. 5 Powassan Voodoos @ Rayside-Balfour Canadians 7 p.m. (Chelmsford)
Friday, Sept. 6 French River Rapids @ Timmins Rock 7 p.m. (McIntyre Arena)
Friday, Sept. 6 Rayside-Balfour Canadians @ Powassan Voodoos 7 p.m. (Powassan Sportsplex)
Friday, Sept. 6 Blind River Beavers @ Espanola Express 7 p.m. (Regional Recreation Complex)
Saturday, Sept. 7 French River Rapids @ Cochrane Crunch 7 p.m. (Tim Horton Event Centre)
Saturday, Sept. 7 Soo Eagles @ Soo Thunderbirds 7 p.m. (JRC)
Saturday, Sept. 7 Elliot Lake Wildcats @ Blind River Beavers 7 p.m. (BR Community Centre)
Sunday, Sept. 8 Powassan Voodoos @ Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 4 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Sunday, Sept. 8 Soo Eagles @ Rayside-Balfour Canadians 6:30 p.m. (Chelmsford)
Sunday, Sept. 8 Espanola Express @ Soo Thunderbirds 7 p.m. (JRC)
Thursday, Sept. 12 French River Rapids @ Rayside-Balfour Canadians 7 p.m. (Chelmsford)

2019-2020 NOJHL Schedule

Source: NOJHL

Junior Hockey Network NOJHL Signing Tracker: Powassan Voodoos

Source: Junior Hockey Network

Welcome to Junior Hockey Network Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) signing announcements and stay tuned throughout the summer of 2019 as we breakdown each team big signings. Keep an eye on our NOJHL signing tracker throughout the summer, as we break down the team signings with the 2019 – 2020 NOJHL opening in just over two months.

The Powassan Voodoos finished the 2018 – 2019 NOJHL season in fourth place overall with a third-place finish in the east division with 70 points heading into the spring of 2019 for the postseason. With the fourth-place finish, the Voodood had 33 wins, 19 losses, three overtime losses and one shutout loss in 56 regular season match-ups. In their opening round of the 2019 playoffs, Powassan eliminated the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners in the best of seven series 4 – 2 before falling to the 2018 – 2019 NOJHL playoff champions, the Hearst Lumberjacks in four straight games.

from Powassan Voodoos Chris Dawson
The Voodoos added Sam Ellwood and Gregory Trudeau-Paquet in a pair of trades with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners heading into the summer of 2019 along signing Riley Pitt, Noah Brant, and Ty Nicholson.

Riley Pitt – 2003 (Defence)
The Powassan Voodoos have inked 6’5” defenceman Riley Pitt to add to their back end.

Pitt netted four goals and added seven assists for 11 points in 33 games with the North Central Minor Midget AAA Predators last season. Pitt also played a pair of affiliate games with the OJHL’s Newmarket Hurricanes last season.

The big defender was selected in the seventh round of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection by the Oshawa Generals.

Noah Brant – 2000 (Defence)
The Powassan Voodoos have acquired 19-year-old defenceman Noah Brant from the Picton Pirates of the Provincial Junior Hockey League.

Brant, who attended the Voodoos spring camp at Memorial Gardens in April, netted 17 goals along with 28 assists for 45 points in 42 games with the Pirates last season.

Ty Nicholson – 2001 (Forward)
The Powassan Voodoos have added forward Ty Nicholson from the Westport Rideaus of the CCHL2.

Nicholson, who attended the Voodoos spring camp at Memorial Gardens, is coming off a pair of 20-goal seasons in the CCHL2 based in the Ottawa region.

Ross, Propealia and Byrnes Capture Feature Wins in Laird Raceway 2019 Season Opener


On June 28th in Laird, Ontario, 24 cars took to the track in the 2019 Laird Raceway short track racing season opener.

The 2019 season opener included mostly veteran drivers with a few new faces sitting behind the wheel of their cars to take to Laird Raceway to turn left around the 1/3 mile D shaped oval on Friday evening in front of a few hundred racing fans.

Next race at Laird Raceway will be on July 5th with the Late Model Rumble hitting the track for the green flag at 7:00 p.m. Four divisions with the Late Models, Modifieds, Factory Stock and Four Cylinders competing for the checkered flag.
Grandstand seating pricing will be Adults: $15, Youth (11 – 17): $10, Children (10 and Under): FREE and Seniors (70 and up): FREE while pit game tickets will be $25.00.

Super Late Model Division
A Feature
Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #46 Dan Byrnes (Goulais River)
2) #50 Rob Hiiemma (Heyden, ON)
3) #100R Ron Raynor Jr (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
4) #61 Dustin Jackson (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
5) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
6) #3 Shawn Ritchie (Sault Ste Marie, ON)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #61 Dustin Jackson (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
2) #100R Ron Raynor Jr (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
3) #46 Dan Byrnes (Goulais River)
4) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #46 Dan Byrnes (Goulais River)
2) #61 Dustin Jackson (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
3) #50 Rob Hiiemma (Heyden, ON)
4) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
5) #3 Shawn Ritchie (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
6) #100R Ron Raynor Jr (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
7) #94 Gerald Archer (Goulais River, ON)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown) Time
1) #46 Dan Byrnes (Goulais River) 14.623
2) #100R Ron Raynor Jr (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 14.776
3) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 14.872
4) #61 Dustin Jackson (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 14.914
5) #50 Rob Hiiemma (Heyden, ON) 15.120
6) #3 Shawn Ritchie (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 15.713
7) #94 Gerald Archer (Goulais River, ON) 15.846

Modified Division
Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #28 Mark Propealia (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
2) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
3) #4 Michael Carbone (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
4) #69 Josh Maitland (Sault Ste Marie, ON) (DNF)
5) #83 Sean Sykes (Sault Ste Marie, ON) (DNF)
6) #01 John Ross (Echo Bay, ON) (DQ)
7) #84 Mark Laakso (Echo Bay, ON) (DQ)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #01 John Ross (Echo Bay, ON)
2) #84 Mark Laakso (Echo Bay, ON)
3) #28 Mark Propealia (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
4) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #84 Mark Laakso (Echo Bay, ON)
2) #01 John Ross (Echo Bay, ON)
3) #28 Mark Propealia (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
4) #69 Josh Maitland (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
5) #4 Michael Carbone (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
6) #83 Sean Sykes (Sault Ste Marie, ON) (DNF)
7) #8 Jim Gort Jr (Sault Ste Marie, ON) (DNF)
8) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON) (DNF)
9) #71 Jay McCoy (Sault Ste Marie, ON) (DNF)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown) Time
1) #28 Mark Propealia (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 15.282
2) #69 Josh Maitland (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 15.511
3) #01 John Ross (Echo Bay, ON) 15.630
4) #84 Mark Laakso (Echo Bay, ON) 15.780
5) #21I Jake Irwin (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 15.829
6) #71 Jay McCoy (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 16.380
7) #83 Sean Sykes (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 16.482

Factory Stock
A Feature
Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #01 Jerry Ross (Echo Bay, ON)
2) #26B Buddy Palahnuk (Goulais River, ON)
3) #51 Jamie Fox (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
4) #52 John Diodati (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
5) #88 Rob Wagner (Prince Township, ON) (DNF)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #51 Jamie Fox (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
2) #01 Jerry Ross (Echo Bay, ON)
3) #52 John Diodati (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
4) #26B Buddy Palahnuk (Goulais River, ON)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #01 Jerry Ross (Echo Bay, ON)
2) #51 Jamie Fox (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
3) #26B Buddy Palahnuk (Goulais River, ON)
4) #52 John Diodati (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
5) #88 Rob Wagner (Prince Township, ON)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown) Time
1) #26B Buddy Palahnuk (Goulais River, ON) 16.186
2) #01 Jerry Ross (Echo Bay, ON) 16.472
3) #52 John Diodati (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 16.579
4) #51 Jamie Fox (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 16.971
5) #88 Rob Wagner (Prince Township, ON) 17.808

Four Cylinder Division
Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown)
1) #12 Jason Kern (Desbarat, ON)
2) #59 Andrew Premo (Sault Ste Marie, ON)
3) #88 Kayla Kurnell (Sault Ste Marie, ON)

Position, Car #, Driver (Hometown) Time
1) #88 Kayla Kurnell (Sault Ste Marie, ON) 18.840
2) #37 Ben Cushley (Echo Bay, ON) 19.395
3) #12 Jason Kern (Desbarat, ON) 20.049

NOJHL Commitment List Grows by Seven

Source: Junior Hockey Network

As the off-season rolls along, players from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League continue to make commitments to compete at the next level.

The defending NOJHL champion Hearst Lumberjacks have seen three of its players commit to collegiate programs in the U.S., starting in the fall.

League regular season and playoff Most Valuable Player, in Hearst goaltender Nicholas Tallarico, will be off to Adrian College in Michigan while standout forward Bradley Golant will attend the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.

Both schools are members of the NCAA’s D-III Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.

The 21-year-old Tallarico, who hails from Vancouver, B.C., went 24-10-6 in regular season play backstopping the Lumberjacks to the NOJHL’s East Division title.

He followed that with a 12-6 record in the playoffs leading Hearst to their first-ever league championship.

Tallarico then concluded his Jr. A career by being named MVP of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup as he led the Lumberjacks to the title game.

As for Golant, the 20-year-old from Lakeville, Minn., was a over a point-per-game man for his side in 2018-19, registering 50 in 42 outings on 19 goals and 31 assists.

He then tacked on another 23 in 18 playoffs games by nothing nine markers and dishing out a league-leading 14 helpers.

In 114 combined NOJHL contests, Golant totalled 107 points, including 49 tallies.

Meanwhile, forward Daniel Fisher will attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas and skate with the Rebels program, who compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

The 21-year-old Calgary, Alta., native saw action in 50 games with Hearst where he scored 11 times and dished out 21 assists for 32 points.

Fisher then chipped in with 11 more points in Hearst’s run to the championship when he had three goals and helped set-up eight more.

You also have the 2017-18 NOJHL champion Cochrane Crunch continuing to add to their list of players that have earned the opportunity to attend school and compete collegiately.

Veteran defenceman Eli Hernandez will also be off to the NCHA where he will attend Trine University in Indiana.

The 20-year-old from Anchorage, Alaska, skated in 70 NOJHL games for the Crunch where he helped bolster the squad’s back-end and chipped in offensively with 33 points that saw him pick up seven goals and 26 assists.

Among his 13 career playoff games, 12 came in 2018 as part of Cochrane going on to win their first league crown.

You also have talented three-year Cochrane forward Nicolas Flanders set to head to UNLV in Las Vegas to attend school and skate with the Rebels.

One of the best-ever to don a Crunch jersey, Flanders produced 121 points in 161 NOJHL games.

In that time frame, the 21-year-old from Pembroke Pines, Fla., scored on 43 occasions and dished out 78 assists.

Flanders, was also part of Cochrane’s 2017-18 championship team.

The Elliot Lake Wildcats also have one of their own, in forward Carson Andreoli, committing to play for Niagara University’s ACHA squad in New York State.

The 20-year-old from Toronto, set personal single-season highs in goals, assists and points with Elliot Lake this past season with nine, 11 and 20 respectively.

In all, Andreoli appeared in 113 league games, picking up 16 goals and as many assists.

You also have a member of the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners, in Aiden Wagner, committing to Fredonia State, who are members of the State University of New York Athletic Conference.

From Langley, B.C., Wagner, 21, played the 2018-19 campaign with Kirkland Lake and dressed in a total of 29 outings where the forward collected 17 goals and seven assists along the way.