Here ‘n there

April 14, 2015

As the sun melts the snow and the grass starts to show, hockey is still a go.

It’s a go in Guelph and London where the Storm and the Knights are both facing Ontario Hockey League playoff elimination at the respective hands of the Soo Greyhounds and Erie Otters.

It’s a go in North Bay where the Battalion is back home after taking one of two on the road from the Barrie Colts.

It’s a go in the Michigan Soo where the Eagles are one win away from kay-o-ing the Keystone Ice Miners and advancing to the second round of the North American Hockey League playoffs.

It’s a go in Cochrane where the Crunch awaits the Soo Thunderbirds in a Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship series that is tied at a game apiece.

Let’s talk more about the NOJHL finals as the upstart Crunch has taken home-ice advantage from the Thunderbirds by virtue of having forced a split from Games 1 and 2 in the Soo.

Actually, let’s let Cochrane coach Ryan Leonard do the talking.

This is some of what never-at-loss-for-words-Lenny had to say to the Timmins Daily Press as his team preps for Game 3 up in Polar Bear country.

“We’re excited about Thursday. There’s no panic button here. We’re just going to keep it positive. We’re in the driver’s seat as far as I’m concerned. The Soo just beat us 8-0 (in Game 2) so mentally they’ll be thinking this is going to be easy. They’ve got to come up here, they’ve got to do the travel, they’ve got to do the sitting around.”

I like a coach who is good copy — and Leonard is good copy.

The mouth that roars has his team within grasp of an NOJHL championship.

Imagine the interview if Cochrane takes the title?

Better take a deep breath.

What you think about “Here ‘n there”

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  2. . I will not bet against Cochrane. RR is write as perr his previous article Lenard is a wack job but he a good Coach and Cochrane have guys who can light the old lamp.

  3. Credit to Cochran to get this far how ever I do not see them beating the Soo 4 times. Give credit to the Soo for what they have done all season and I think that will lead them to win the Champions ship all of the depth of 4 lines deep.

  4. I think that if Cochrane wins then its better for the league to spread the wealth around a bit.
    The Sault has half of Northern Ont to get there players from if you no what I mean. Allso The Sault acts like big shots so if they lose then mabe they will lern from it for once.

  5. I agree that the Soo win this Series inn 6. Cochrane are in over there head and all that BS talk aint gonna change that!
    As for you Brenda N if you dont not like the Soo then fine but you dont have to be all snarkey about it you know.

  6. Brenda
    The Soo did not win last year. All teams draft from all over Canada and the USA. I’ve been around the league for many years and the Soo teams are OK

  7. Randy,

    Just want to make sure you know I am Brendan N., not Brenda N. Apparently Brenda N. does not like the Soo. That is not me. I like the Soo. Anyway, Johnny will be returning to the UP when the Lake Forest Foresters play Finlandia U. Maybe I will run into you if the weather is good.
    Take care

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