Milton Battle Arts Cobras scored their first-ever win in the new Canadian International Hockey League on Friday.
Coached by legendary National Hockey League goal-scorer Dennis Maruk, Milton evened its regular-season record at 1-1 with a 7-2 triumph over the Colborne Hawks.
The game was one of three played in the CIHL on Friday — and the new junior league still has a full serving of Thanksgiving weekend games on the holiday plate.
Elsewhere on Friday, the Espanola Rivermen doubled up the visiting St. Charles Spirit 8-4 and the Kalkaska Rhinos — a Michigan-based independent team that is coached by retired NHL enforcer and erstwhile fan favourite Krzysztof Oliwa — edged the Sudbury Royals 3-2.
St. Charles and Kalkaska actually began the Thanksgiving weekend with a game on Thursday with the Spirit defeating the visiting Rhinos 6-2.
Here is the remainder of the CIHL weekend schedule:
3 p.m. – Kalkaska Rhinos @ Espanola Rivermen (exhibition)
3:45 p.m. – Batchewana Attack @ Greater Sudbury Royals
8 p.m. – Colborne Hawks @ Milton Cobras
8:15 p.m. – Collingwood Ice @ Toronto Jr. Hockey Academy
2 p.m. – Toronto Jr. Hockey Academy @ Collingwood Ice
Noon – Milton Cobras @ Toronto Jr. Hockey Academy
1 p.m. – Greater Sudbury Royals @ Batchewana Attack
2 p.m. – Colborne Hawks @ Collingwood Ice
PHOTO: 58-year old Dennis Maruk, the retired NHL star who once scored 60 goals in a season for the Washington Capitals, directs the Milton Battle Arts Cobras of the new CIHL during Friday’s game against the Colborne Hawks. (Photo by Lora Evans.)