Hot to trot in the NOJHL

January 16, 2024

Blind River Beavers. Sudbury Cubs. Espanola Paper Kings. Hearst Lumberjacks. Timmins Rock. They are what is hot in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

Blind River. The Beavers have won 17 straight games and have a record of 31-8-0, which has them tied with Sudbury for the overall lead among the 12 teams of the NOJHL. Defenseman Andrey Manov leads the Beavers in scoring with eight goals, 41 assists, 49 points while Jake Kovacs has a team-leading 25 tallies. Noah Tegelaar has stood tall between the pipes with a record of 20-2-0 to go with a 1.82 goals against average, .933 save percentage and five shutouts.

Sudbury. The Cubs are 7-1-2 in their last 10 games to keep pace with Blind River. Oliver Smith leads the Cubs with 30 goals and 16-year old rookie sensation Hudson Chitaroni is second in team scoring with 22 goals, 27 assists, 49 points. Overall, Sudbury has a record of 30-7-2.

Espanola. Led by 29 goals from Lucas Signoretti, 27 from Owen Fergusson and 20 from defenseman Spencer Horgan, the Paper Kings are a strong third in the West Division with a record of 25-14-0. Espanola has also won seven of its past eight games.

Timmins. The Rock leads the East Division with a record of 24-11-2 and has won eight of its last 10 games. Harry Clark leads the Rock with 69 points and Mason Svarich has been a goal scoring machine with 28 of them in just 26 games.

Hearst. The Lumberjacks have won their last two games against Timmins and are 8-2-0 over their past 10 outings for an overall mark of 20-11-5. Tyler Patterson, who began his NOJHL career in Timmins, leads the Lumberjacks with 24 goals.

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