Top two teams in NOJHL finals

April 4, 2014

This gives definite meaning to the regular season.

The first-and-second-place teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League will face off in a best-of-seven championship series.

Top-seeded Soo Thunderbirds and second-ranked Kirkland Lake Gold Miners have both moved on to the third-and-final round of the NOJHL playoffs.

Both teams completed second-round sweeps on Thursday with the Soo ousting the Abitibi Eskimos and Kirkland Lake sending the Espanola Rivermen packing.

The Soo now has a record of 8-1 during the playoffs, having defeated the Blind River Beavers four games to one in the opening round.

Kirkland Lake, meanwhile, is unbeaten in the post-season, having swept the North Bay Trappers in the opening round.

What you think about “Top two teams in NOJHL finals”

  1. Congrats to the Soo and KL, the two best teams are right where they should be! Should be a GREAT finals, i look forward to catching a a game or two in KL. It going to be a very close series, to close to predict, coould happen in 5,6, or 7 regardless, i think all games will be very close! For the Soo, i hope Horodz is ready to go, not that Kment didnt play exceptionally well in the games in the Igloo, but Im sure both teams want to beat other will full rosters and eliminaye any excuses! It should be a great series! two deep and evenly matched teams!

  2. Oh yes, thank you Eskimos for an entertaining season, it was fun! Good luck to the graduating players and and good luck to the boys looking to play at a higher level next!

    As fans, we can only hope for a full 60 minutes of effort and most every night we saw that! I think both eskis soo and espanola kl series were closer than sweeps but it the chips fall where they fall! And both them should should be commented for making two very good teams earn their way to the finals!

  3. I will not wager $ on a winner for this series…2 great Teams and as Randy says its fitting as they were 1 and 2 during the reguler season.

  4. This is the Championship series that most fans of the NOJHL predicted and this is it.
    I wonder if Joel H will be back for the Finals but even if not Kement has played great. Cain knew what he was doing signing 2 good goalies!

  5. Congrats to all the Teams on a great season of Hockey! here here!
    Congrats to Coach Jordan Smith & the Soo T-Birds and Mark Lefleur & the boys from Kirklan Lake!
    I will follow the Espenola Rivermen & the new League & lets all remember this is about the Player’s so to the Player’s we say if this gives them more oppertunity then I say “YES” to the new C.I.H.L.

  6. Good luck to both clubs ! hey the SIJHL won the dud last year it’s the NOJHL’s turn this year. Have fun play hard and be safe fellas !

  7. A promising great series with the league’s top 2 coaches! It should be a dandy and win or lose, both coaches should be proud to have brought their respective teams to the big dance!

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