3-2 series lead for Rayside

HockeyNewsNorth.com Staff
April 8, 2018

Rayside Balfour Canadians have moved to within one win of advancing to the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship series.

A 4-1 victory over the visiting Soo Thunderbirds today gives Rayside a three games to two lead in the best-of-seven West Division final.

Game 6 is slated for Monday night at 7:30 at John Rhodes Community Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.

The winner of the set will move on to the NOJHL title series against the Cochrane Crunch.

What you think about “3-2 series lead for Rayside”

  1. There is something wrong when a player can get 10 games for mouthing off and a player gets 10 games change too 3 games for injurimg another player . Then to top it off to welcome him back 3rd star of the game.

  2. The commissioner and his cronies have made a mockery of the league and the game itself … how they handle discipline is a joke. They should be ashamed of themselves but anyone who knows these people in charge know that the league executives responsible for these disciplinary decisions don’t care about what is right and wrong… their own political agenda is all they are concerned about. What has transpired throughout the playoffs in terms of league discipline is truly unbelievable.

  3. Rayside-Balfour Canadians franchise back in the league final for the first time since 2011 (as the Sudbury Jr. Wolves). Last championship, was in 2008. The Cochrane Crunch will be making their second appearance in the league final. The Crunch made the 2015 league final in their first season in Cochrane. However, the 2015-16 Cochrane Crunch was destined be a championship caliber team, but they would lose the semi-finals to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.

    Also, the Dryden Ice Dogs and Thunder Bay North Stars are automatically in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup. The Dryden Ice Dogs are in hunt for their 5th league title since 2002. Meanwhile, the Thunder Bay North Stars will be looking for their 6th league title since 2004. In 2006, the North Stars came extremely close to the RBC final in Brampton, but they would lose in overtime to the eventually champion Burnaby Express, who scored the tying goal with 11 seconds left in regulation and would win in overtime, despite losing 2-0 with just over a minute left in regulation.

    Notably, the Dryden Ice Dogs have finished as league finalists 6 times between 2004 and 2016. Meanwhile, the Thunder Bay North Stars have lost the final twice in 2007 and 2008.

    The Georgetown Raiders are in the league final with the Wellington Dukes. Both OJHL powerhouse teams are looking for entry into the DHC. The Raiders are making their third-consecutive league final. Last season, the Raiders won the series against the Trenton Golden Hawks, but both teams were in the Dudley-Hewitt Cup hosted by Trenton. The Golden Hawks would seek revenge and beat the Georgetown Raiders to capture their second-straight Dudley-Hewitt Cup. The Trenton Golden Hawks would finish last, including an 8-0 loss to the AJHL powerhouse Brook Bandits, who would lose the final game to the RBC hosts Cobourg Cougars.

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