It figures to be like a home game for the Hearst Lumberjacks tonight when the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League champions face off against the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Jr. Hockey League in the Dudley Hewitt Cup title tilt.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. at the Tim Horton Event Centre in Cochrane and an over-flow crowd in the range of 900 spectators would not be a surprise.
Cochrane, which is the host site for the DHC tournament, is about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Hearst, which is among the best supported teams in the NOJHL.
Hearst earned its way into tonight’s championship match against Oakville by virtue of a 6-0 blanking of the Cochrane Crunch in Friday’s semi-final match.
The Lumberjacks and the OJHL champs from Oakville met during the round-robin portion of the four-team DHC and the Blades emerged with a 4-2 victory.
Oakville earned an automatic bye into tonight’s championship game by finishing first during round-robin play with a record of 3-0.
Cochrane had placed second with a 2-1 record, Hearst had a 1-2 mark and the Superior International Jr. Hockey League champion Thunder Bay North Stars lost all three of their games.