First round of the playoffs will get underway in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League next week and the matchups have been determined.
First-place Soo Thunderbirds will face eighth-place Blind River Beavers, second-place Kirkland Lake Gold Miners will meet seventh-place North Bay Trappers, third-place Espanola Rivermen will take on sixth-place Sudbury Nickel Barons and it will be the fourth-place Abitibi Eskimos versus the fifth-place Elliot Lake Bobcats.
All are best-of-seven series.
The NOJHL regular season concludes this weekend.
Soo Thunderbirds are home to Sudbury tonight at 7:30 and Elliot Lake on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Both games are slated for the Essar Centre.