The first and last place teams in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have swapped goalies.
Kyle Brick, who is the coach and general manager of the division-leading Blind River Beavers, confirmed to Hockey News North that he has traded 2002 birth year goalie Jonathan Lemaire to the lowly Elliot Lake Wildcats in exchange for 1999 birth-year backstop Dominic Boily.
The 6-foot-7 Lemaire is a signed prospect of the Sudbury Wolves, who took him in the fifth round of the 2018 Ontario Hockey League priority selections draft. He had a 4-2-2 record with a 3.88 goals against average and .893 save percentage with Blind River this season.
The 6-foot-3 Boily was in his second season in Elliot Lake. He was in the net for one of Elliot Lake’s three wins thus far this season after going 16-18-2 with a .913 save percentage and 3.80 goals against average for the Wildcats last season.
Boily gives Blind River a 1-2 tandem of goalies who both have 1999 birth dates. Jackson Hjelle is the Beavers other goalie and he has been impressive this season with a 3-2-0 record, .931 save percentage and 2.34 goals against average.
Blind River enters play this week with 28 points from a record of 13-4-2 while Elliot Lake is at the opposite end of the West Division standings with seven points from a 3-15-1 mark.
PHOTO: Goalie Dominic Boily, in action for the Elliot Lake Wildcats against the Blind River Beavers.