Road to the 2017 RBC Cup
Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League
Jason La Rose
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March 10, 2017
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PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
East Division
4) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners vs. 5) Iroquois Falls Eskis

1) Powassan Voodoos vs. winner of KL-IRO
2) Cochrane Crunch vs. 3) Timmins Rock

West Division
4) Soo Eagles vs. 5) Elliot Lake Wildcats

1) Soo Thunderbirds vs. winner of SOE-ELW
2) Blind River Beavers vs. 3) Rayside Balfour Canadians

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-T-OTL)
East Division
Powassan – 95 points (46-7-1-2)
Cochrane – 81 points (38-13-1-4)
Timmins – 76 points (36-16-1-3)
Kirkland Lake – 63 points (28-21-3-4)
Iroquois Falls – 36 points (16-36-0-4)
French River – 8 points (3-51-1-1)

West Division
Soo Thunderbirds – 88 points (43-11-1-1)
Blind River – 68 points (32-20-0-4)
Rayside Balfour – 60 points (28-24-1-3)
Soo Eagles – 57 points (27-26-1-2)
Elliot Lake – 53 points (23-26-3-4)
Espanola – 20 points (9-45-1-1) 

LEADING SCORERS
Braedan Cross (Cochrane) – 37G 45A 82P
Yianni Liarakos (Blind River) – 39G 39A 78P
Shadow Reuben (Iroquois Falls) – 33G 45A 78P
Andy Baker (Powassan) – 45G 30A 75P
Alex Storjohann (Kirkland Lake) – 20G 53A 73P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Nate McDonald (Powassan) – 30-5-1, 2.16 GAA, .923 SV%, 3 SO
Aidan Doak (Blind River) – 12-7-0, 2.16 GAA, .940 SV%, 3 SO
Doug Newhouse (Soo Thunderbirds) – 16-2-0, 2.26 GAA, .915 SV%, 3 SO
Brandon Gordon (Soo Thunderbirds) – 26-10-0, 2.44 GAA, .907 SV%, 5 SO
Leighton Williams (Cochrane) – 20-8-0, 2.76 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2015 (Soo Thunderbirds – fifth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
5 (2015, 2012, 2002, 2000, 1997)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
none (best finish: runner-up – Rayside Balfour Sabrecats, 2000)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
none

TOP REGULAR SEASON TEAM – POWASSAN VOODOOS
The Powassan Voodoos interrupted the reign of the Soo Thunderbirds atop the NOJHL, earning the franchise’s first regular-season championship in just its third year of existence. The Voodoos spent most of the season ranked among the country’s best, reaching a high of No. 2 in the CJHL national rankings in mid-December and early January thanks in large part to a 25-game winning streak that stretched from Oct. 12 to Jan. 7. Powassan did it with a balanced mix of offence and defence, co-leading the NOJHL in goals scored (271) and sitting alone in top spot in goals against (121), power play (20.5%) and penalty kill (92.1%); the Voodoos allowed only 21 PPGs in 265 opportunities. Andy Baker was the only player in the NOJHL to crack the 40-goal barrier, finishing with 45, and his 75 points left him fourth in league scoring. Between the pipes, Nate McDonald played the fourth-most minutes among NOJHL goaltenders (2,112), and co-led the league in goals-against average (2.16) while sitting tied for second in shutouts (three) and third in save percentage (.923).

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
Director, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4557 / 403-510-7046 (mobile)
ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Morgan Bell
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6427
mbell@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

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