Timmins Majors are on the move, having won four of their past five games, including a Christmas wrapping of the high and mighty Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves.
The winning ways of late — which includes a 4-1 win over second place Sudbury on Saturday — have pulled Timmins to within a single point of the fourth place Soo Greyhounds in the major midget division of the Great North Midget Hockey League.
The Majors now have 21 points from a record of 10-13-1 and have five games in hand on the Greyhounds, who have a 9-16-4 mark.
Indeed, it has been a major turnaround for the Majors from last season to this as Timmins posted a league-worst record of 2-32-2 in 2016-2017.
But with a new group in charge, led by general manager Doug Cheechoo, head coach Brandon Perry and his assistants, Timmins represents a feel good story thus far in 2017-2018.
2002 birth year forward Kobe Barrette is one of the very best minor midget aged players in the entire Great North loop. In fact, Barrette leads Timmins in scoring with 11 goals, 10 assists, 21 points.
And Barrette has close company on the Timmins scoring chart.
Following the speedy youngster, who hails from the Timmins area town of Iroquois Falls, are fellow forwards Riley Brousseau with 10 goals, 10 assists, 20 points, Cameron Chisholm with 5-15-20 numbers, Austin Holmes at 10-9-19 and defenseman Frederic Leclair-Pouw at 5-11-16.
Goalie Dylan Dallaire has been a difference maker between the pipes with a 7-6-0 record and 2.90 goals against average.
Following are the league standings at the Christmas break.
MAJOR MIDGET DIVISION
1. North Bay Trappers 23-2-2, 48 points. 2. Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves 20-4-0, 40 points. 3. Kapuskasing Flyers 16-9-3, 35 points. 4. Soo Greyhounds 9-16-4, 22 points. 5. Timmins Majors 10-13-1, 21 points. 6. New Liskeard Cubs 5-20-1, 11 points.
MINOR MIDGET DIVISION
1. North Bay Trappers 10-5-0, 20 points. 2. Sudbury Wolves 8-7-0, 16 points. 3. Soo Thunderbirds 2-13-3, 7 points.
PHOTO: Kobe Barrette of the Timmins Majors moves in on Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves goalie Deric Rivet during Great North Midget Hockey League action from Saturday. Timmins upended Sudbury 4-1. (Photo by Timmins Daily Press.)