One from the East, one from the West. They represent two Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League teams that are on a roll.
On the East side, the Cochrane Crunch is 4-0-1 in its last 5 games and 7-2-1 over its last 10 outings to move into second spot with a record of 13-8-1.
And the Blind River Beavers are the West side story of late. Coach Kyle Brick’s Beavers have won three in a row and eight of their past 10 to vault into second place with a 15-11-1 record.
A pair of American-born forwards are leading the way for coach Ryan Leonard’s Crunch bunch up in Cochrane. Austin Stauffer has 16 goals, 12 assists, 28 points while Kyle Herbster has 13-13-26 totals.
Along Highway 17 at Blind River, a North Shore duo is lighting it up for the Beavers with 18 goals apiece. And Echo Bay product Max Khull and homegrown Blind River native son Caleb Serre both have plenty of NOJHL eligibility left in them as 1999 birth year forwards.
The Beavers have also been getting big-game net-minding from American goalie Michael Corson, who has sparkling numbers — 7-2-0 record, 1.46 goals against average and .959 save percentage.