Seriously now, did anyone on the outside looking in give the Powassan Voodoos much of a chance in their Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff series with the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners?
Afterall, Powassan finished seventh overall in the nine-team NOJHL during the regular season, a good distance back of second-place Kirkland Lake.
But here it is, four games into the best-of-seven playoff series between the two teams and Powassan leads the defending NOJHL champions from Kirkland Lake 3-1.
Can you imagine if the Voodoos manage to win one more game and pull off one of the biggest playoff upsets in recent NOJHL history?
Can you imagine the wailing and the whining that will be heard coming from the Mile of Gold in Kirkland Lake if Powassan can pen the last chapter of this storybook fantasy?
However this series plays out — whether Powassan can win that fourth game to take the series or not — just the fact that the Voodoos have already defeated the mighty Miners three times speaks to the parity of the NOJHL.(Especially if we don’t factor in the winless Blind River Beavers.)
At any rate, over to the Elliot Lake-Sudbury set where the Wildcats have clawed back to even their series with the Nickel Barons at two games apiece, home-ice advantage has once again shifted.
By winning the first two games of the series, Sudbury had seized home-ice advantage from Elliot Lake.
Undaunted, the Wildcats took Games 3 and 4 and regained the momentum from the Nickel Barons.
Momentum, such an intangible.
PHOTO: Powassan Voodoos have had reason aplenty to celebrate thus far in their NOJHL playoff series with the defending champion Kirkland Lake Gold Miners. (Photo by Chris Dawson.)