NOJHL at a glance


Randy Russon
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September 30, 2019

As September gets set to turn to October, we make quick visits, team to team, division by division, in the 12-member Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

EAST DIVISION

Powassan Voodoos (8-0-1, 16 points.) After scoring 16 goals in 45 games last season, forward Parker Bowman has already tallied 11 times in nine outings thus far this season.

Timmins Rock (6-1-1, 13 points.) It is another nice start to another season for third-year bench boss Corey Beer and his Rock block. Local product Riley Robitaille is leading the Timmins points parade with 3-6-9 totals.

Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (4-1-3, 11 points.) Goalies Kyle McNair and Kohl Reddy have two wins apiece for KL.

Hearst Lumberjacks (5-1-0, 10 points.) The reigning NOJHL champs have only played six games and have lost just one. High scoring returnee Max Griffioen has six goals in six games for coach Marc Lafleur’s Lumberjacks.

Cochrane Crunch (4-4-1, 9 points.) Three different goalies have wins for Cochrane, including two by rookie Carson Boutin, who hails from the nearby metropolis of Iroquois Falls.

French River Rapids (2-6-1, 5 points.) Seasoned skater Will Frustaglio has a goal and an assist in two games since returning to the Rapids from the Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

WEST DIVISION

Rayside Balfour Canadians (7-2-0, 14 points.) After beginning the season with two straight losses, RBC has since reeled off seven successive victories. Veteran goalie David Bowen has been a standout with a 5-1-0 record, 2.23 goals against average and .940 save percentage. Holy Mackinaw!

Blind River Beavers (6-0-1, 13 points.) The pint-sized, dynamic duo of Caleb Serre and Justin Mauro has been lighting it up for the Beavers. Serre has 10 goals, 11 assists, 21 points and Mauro has 2-13-15 totals.

Soo Thunderbirds (3-6-1, 7 points.) The Thunderbirds have lost four straight games, three of them by one goal and the other by two. Veteran forward Nick Smith is averaging a point-per-game in eight outings.

Soo Eagles (2-3-2, 7 points.) Former Soo, Ontario major midget hockey teammates Raf Praysner and Caleb Wood lead the Michigan Soo crew with four goals apiece.

Espanola Express (2-7-1, 5 points.) Defenseman Matais Salem leads the Express with 11 points, including three goals.

Elliot Lake Wildcats (0-5-1, 1 point.) Eric Vanderhoff has been a bright spot for the win-less Wildcats with five goals. And rookie defenseman Hayden Daca has three assists in just four games.

PHOTO: Hearst Lumberjacks bench boss Marc Lafleur, making a point, during a recent game.


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