NOJHL is down to the wire

Randy Russon
April 23, 2019

It was before the start of the playoffs in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and I was having a casual chat with commissioner Rob Mazzuca.

During the course of the conversation it was noted that neither of us would be surprised if the NOJHL championship was decided in Game 7 of the finals.

Well, in a league where parity rules — just six points separated the top five teams in the East Division standings, as an example — the NOJHL title will indeed by determined in a seventh-and-deciding game.

No. 1 seed Soo Thunderbirds, who finished the regular season atop the West Division with a league-best 89 points, have managed to extend the playoffs to a winner-take-all match.

Down three games to one to the upset-minded Hearst Lumberjacks, the Thunderbirds took Games 5 and 6 by respective scores of 4-2 and 2-0 to set up the Game 7 showdown.

Thus, it has all come down to one game to decide the NOJHL championship as the Thunderbirds will play host to the Lumberjacks on Wednesday night at 7:00 at John Rhodes Community Center.

PHOTO: NOJHL championship series action between the Soo Thunderbirds and the visiting Hearst Lumberjacks.

What you think about “NOJHL is down to the wire”

  1. Wow, Game 7 , in the SOO ! We had that chat in Game 2 that it would be very difficult to win. What a series ! So happy for the Lumberjacks!

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