Hello from the Great North

November 13, 2023

Let us skate here and there in the good, old Great North Under 18 Hockey League with the middle of November now upon us:

• Three of the seven teams in the Great North are above the .500 mark. Sudbury U18 Wolves have a record of 8-2-1, the North Bay Trappers have a mark of 7-2-0 and the Timmins Majors are slotted in the no. 3 spot with a 5-3-1 log.

• Among other prime time goal-getters, the U18 Wolves boast a dandy 1-2 duo of Bryden Shank and Aleksander Duguay. Shank has eight goals while Duguay has found range seven times. Meanwhile, between the pipes, Sudbury is set up well with one goalie from North Bay and another from Sault Ste. Marie. Jackson Curran hails from North Bay while Carter Nadon is a Soo boy.

• Timmins also has a seasoned 1-2 goal scoring duo to go to. Ian Lachance has seven goals in nine games and Travis Poan has potted six.

• New Liskeard Cubs are inching towards the .500 mark with a 3-4-0 record. Of note on the offensive side, Thomas Rannou has eight goals in seven games for the Cubs.

A.J. Borrelli

• With new head coach — and former Ontario Hockey League player and coach and erstwhile National Hockey League enforcer — Denny Lambert making his debut back of the bench, the Jr. Greyhounds took three of four points from Timmins this past weekend. Playing at home, the Soo got a point from a 5-4 overtime loss to Timmins before concluding the weekend by blanking the Majors by a 7-0 count to boost their record to 2-4-1 on the young season.

• Exceptional goaltending and balanced scoring have been noticeable for the Jr. Greyhounds. Between the pipes, A.J. Borrelli has a 2.33 goals against average and one shutout with a 1-3-0 record while Nick Marson has a 1-1-1 record with a 2.63 GAA. Meanwhile, up front, Lucas DiBerardino and Seb Dos Reis both have three goals while Griffen Albert, Sammy Caruso, Espen Escasa, Wyatt Leblanc and Danny MacDonald have all scored twice.

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