Race for 5th place in NOJHL West

February 13, 2016

Blind River Beavers have narrowed the gap on the Espanola Express in what is shaping up as a frantic race for the fifth-and-final playoff spot in the West Division of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.

The last-place Beavers pulled to within two points of the fifth-seeded Express with a clutch 4-1 road decision on Friday.

Despite the loss, Espanola — which is on the road to play the Soo Eagles tonight — still has three games in hand on Blind River.

Through 45 games, the Express has 20 points from a record of 9-34-2.

Through 48 games, the Beavers have 18 points from a record of 7-37-4.

All NOJHL teams play a 54-game regular season schedule.

Come playoff time, fifth-place finishers in both the West and East divisions play the fourth-place teams in a best-of-three, preliminary-round. The winners would then advance to the next round against the first-place teams in the divisions.

PHOTO: Jason Uhl scored his seventh goal of the season for the Blind River Beavers in a clutch road win over the Espanola Express on Friday. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)

What you think about “Race for 5th place in NOJHL West”

  1. They can do it if they quit fooling around and get serious, otherwise they go
    home….is that what they want? Start crackin’ the whip coach ……

  2. Though the French River Rapids may be out of contention in the East, they can still play a big part in determining the final playoff spot in the West. The Rapids play both teams twice in the few games remaining.

  3. Blind River is doing much better than they did last year. Anyone remember their win-less season that ended up in the record books.

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