Road to the 2018 RBC Cup: NOJHL
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Road to the 2018 RBC Cup: NOJHL
Another season, another dominant run for the Powassan Voodoos, who won 24 of 28 games on home ice
Jason La Rose
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March 13, 2018
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Another season, another dominant run through the NOJHL for the Powassan Voodoos, who repeated as regular-season champions by a comfortable margin. Powassan finished 15 points clear of the field, helped in large part by a 24-3-0-1 mark on home ice, a pair of 10+-game unbeaten streaks and the No. 1 offence in the league. The Voodoos were one shy of the 300-goal plateau, propelled by five players in the top 20 of NOJHL scoring (Tyson Gilmour was third with 25-53—78) and 12 who reached double-digits in goals. Powassan used seven different goaltenders, with Christian Cicigoi seeing the lion’s share of work; he led the league with 23 wins and was top 10 in goals-against average (2.89, ninth) and save percentage (.913, seventh).

PLAYOFF MATCH-UPS
East Division
4) Hearst Lumberjacks vs. 5) Timmins Rock
1) Powassan Voodoos vs. winner of HEA-TIM
2) Cochrane Crunch vs. 3) Kirkland Lake Gold Miners

West Division
4) Blind River Beavers vs. 5) Elliot Lake Wildcats
1) Rayside Balfour Canadians vs. winner of BRB-ELW
2) Soo Thunderbirds vs. 3) Soo Eagles

FINAL STANDINGS (W-L-T-OTL)
East Division
Powassan – 94 points (45-7-3-1)
Cochrane – 75 points (36-17-1-2)
Kirkland Lake – 59 points (24-21-4-7)
Hearst – 49 points (23-30-1-2)
Timmins – 44 points (19-31-3-3)
French River – 31 points (13-38-0-5)

West Division
Rayside Balfour – 79 points (37-14-1-4)
Soo Thunderbirds – 76 points (36-16-1-3)
Soo Eagles – 71 points (35-20-1-0)
Blind River – 70 points (33-19-0-4)
Elliot Lake – 54 points (25-27-0-4)
Espanola – 6 points (2-52-1-1)

LEADING SCORERS
Kyle Herbster (Cochrane) – 36G 50A 86P
Nick Techel (Soo Eagles) – 29G 56A 85P
Tyson Gilmour (Powassan) – 25G 53A 78P
Christian Bardarson (Soo Eagles) – 41G 31A 72P
Jacob Kelly (Elliot Lake) – 34G 36A 70P

LEADING GOALTENDERS
Carter McPhail (Soo Eagles) – 22-15-1, 2.27 GAA, .930 SV%, 4 SO
Brandon Gordon (Soo Thunderbirds) – 21-12-1, 2.31 GAA, .926 SV%, 2 SO
MacKenzie Savard (Rayside Balfour) – 12-6-1, 2.34 GAA, .936 SV%, 3 SO
Eric Schuch (Soo Thunderbirds) – 15-7-0, 2.41 GAA, .926 SV%, 2 SO
Brayden Lachance (Rayside Balfour) – 14-9-0, 2.65 GAA, .934 SV%, 1 SO

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE
2015 (Soo Thunderbirds – fifth place)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
5 (2015, 2012, 2002, 2000, 1997)

LAST NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
none (best finish: runner-up – Rayside Balfour Sabrecats, 2000)

TOTAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
none

For more information:

Lisa Dornan
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Hockey Canada
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ldornan@hockeycanada.ca

 

Esther Madziya
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
403-284-6484
emadziya@hockeycanada.ca

 

Spencer Sharkey
Coordinator, Communications
Hockey Canada
403-777-4567 / 905-906-5327 (mobile)
ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

 

Katie Macleod
Coordinator, Media Relations
Hockey Canada
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kmacleod@hockeycanada.ca

 

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