Apropos, Blind River Beavers are moving on to the semi-final playoff round within the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
The Beavers, who should have finished third in the West Division but were relegated to fourth place because of an innocent mistake, completed a two-game sweep of the nearby rival Elliot Lake Wildcats on the weekend.
3-0 and 5-4 wins by Blind River adds up to a second straight, preliminary round exit by Elliot Lake.
As to why the Beavers were banished to fourth and had to play the prelim round against Elliot Lake instead of having the comfort of third place and opening weekend in the playoffs off, here is the story.
In a late-season game between the two teams, Blind River’s volunteer scorekeeper inadvertently left one of the Beavers players names off the score-sheet. The Blind River coaches did not notice the omission but Elliot coach Corey Bricknell did.
Instead of over-looking the oversight — the gentlemanly thing to do, perhaps — Bricknell made the NOJHL aware of the “infraction.” So, despite the fact that Blind River defeated Elliot Lake in the game in question, the Wildcats were awarded the victory and the Beavers got the loss.
And the loss cost Blind River in the West Division standings.
Minus the two points that were taken from them in a game that they really won, Blind River finished a single point behind third-place Soo Eagles in the West Division standings.
As for the aforementioned Bricknell, this is his third season coaching in the NOJHL — one with the erstwhile Iroquois Falls Eskimos and the last two with Elliot Lake.
In all three seasons that Bricknell has coached in the NOJHL, his teams have finished fifth in a six-team division and lost in the prelim round of the playoffs all three times.
And that, folks, is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.