As November prepares to make way for December there continues to be good story lines from within the major and minor divisions of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
MAJOR PROGRESS — Having already surpassed their meager two-win total from the 2016-2017 season, Timmins Majors took three of a possible four points at home on the weekend to move to within striking range of the fourth-place Soo Greyhounds in the major midget division.
While the Majors record of 5-10-1 is not what one would call impressive, it is definite progress from the 2016-2017 campaign when Timmins finished in last place with a woeful mark of 2-32-2.
As it stands now, fifth-place Timmins trails fourth-place Soo by six points in the standings but the Majors have a whopping eight matches in hand on the Greyhounds, who have played 24 games and have a record of 7-14-3.
As for the recent weekend of activity that produced three points from an overtime loss to the Kapuskasing Flyers and a win over the minor midget Soo Thunderbirds, first-year Timmins coach Brandon Perry came away a happy fellow.
“We really needed those points,” he told the Timmins Daily Press. “We let that extra one get away (against Kapuskasing) but I loved the way our guys competed and battled back and tied that game up late.
“And everybody competed (against the Soo),” Perry continued. “Our guys were doing a good job on the fore check and getting on their D-men. Their D-men were turning pucks over. We just stuck to our systems.”
FIRST PLACE RACE — North Bay Trappers and the veteran-laden Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves are in a frantic race for first place in the major midget division.
Crackerjack coach Guy Blanchard has his Trappers in top spot with 41 points from a record of 20-2-1 and a seven-point lead on the Nickel Caps. But Sudbury, with a record of 17-2-0, has four games in hand on North Bay.
Of note, North Bay forward Nick Davis has been lighting the lamp with a league-best 23 goals.
NIFTY NICK — He stands in at a mere 5-foot-3 and he is a minor midget-aged forward playing for the major midget Soo Greyhounds and despite limited ice time, hard-working forward Nick Jameus has 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points thus far this season.
MINOR STARS — David Campbell of the North Bay Trappers leads all minor midget players with 14 goals, 8 assists, 22 points…Top performer for the Sudbury Wolves is Dario Beljo with 14 points in 12 games…Goalie Noah Zeppa has been in net for every game in which the 2-12-3 Soo Thunderbirds have managed a point. Zeppa has a 2-5-3 record and 3.98 goals against average.
PHOTO: Timmins Majors forward Shane Benoit celebrates a goal during his team’s victory over the Soo Thunderbirds in recent Great North Midget Hockey League action. (Photo by Thomas Perry/Postmedia.)