The Manitoulin Mustangs are on to the Semi Finals of the hotly contested Sudbury District Secondary Schools Association league championships. With just six teams vying for the division-one playoffs, the Mustangs held a narrow margin on first spot with their 4-1-0 record for eight points. From there just a single point separated each of the top five teams with Manitoulin earning the right to play the sixth place Lively Hawks.
With a single game showdown separating them form the Semi-finals Manitoulin made no mistake as they downed the Hawks in convincing fashion on Monday afternoon 9 – 2. Assistant Coach Nick Head-Petersen was very impressed with the production coming from all three of the Mustang lines with contributions garnered from everyone. Most importantly he emphasized, the gentlemen held their composure throughout the game to get through to the next round free and clear.
Manitoulin is on the road tomorrow, (Thursday) to take on Notre Dame at 6:30 in Sudbury. The Black and Gold however will be at home on Friday at the NEMI Rec. centre for a 7 pm game time and at home Friday at 7 and will need that famous Manitoulin home-town support.
Taking center-stage in the Manitoulin Minor Hockey Spotlight this week are the Mindemoya Thunder Novice squad. The Thunder Novice side has been improving all year long and are poised to move out of their mid-pack status to shake up the “A” division playoff pool in a couple of short weeks. The young squad was off-Island this past weekend and things are looking positive after competing in the Walden Friendship tournament.
They did very well in the round-robin portion, finishing with a record of 2 – 0 – 1, that commanded a second place overall status. The Thunder had wins of: 4 – 1 and 1 – 0 on Friday and a 0 – 0 draw on Saturday. In Sunday’s semi they were in tough against a physically bigger Powasson team and, despite a valiant effort, they came up short making it to the gold medal game. Congrats to G Sadie Bridgeman, defense pairings of LD Landon Smith and RD Liam Larivierre, RD Chase Becks and LD Annie Balfe; forward lines C Tessa McGillis-Prior, RW Noah Thorpe and LW Jack Bridgeman; C Rylan Carrick, LW Neveah Harper and RW John Thirkill. The team is managed by Jon and Tina Balfe, with Jon assisting on the bench as well, with fellow assistant coach/trainer Ryan Prior, head coach/trainer Michael Bridgeman and Assistant Trainer Fawn Bridgeman. Good luck as your season wraps up, Thunder!
Great North check-in
As of regular season end the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves were in third place with an impressive 21 and 12 record. Birch Island’s Anthony Pelletier is the team’s top scorer and currently sits in eleventh spot in the whole league with 45 points in only 29 games! The Wolves will take on the 6th place Timmins Majors to start their playoffs to see who moves on.
Finishing in fifth spot were Sudbury’s Nickel City Sons who will face off against the 4th place North Bay Trappers in their first round. Skating for the Sons are hometown boys; Thomas Hayden, Mitchal Payette and Alex Smith. Go Island boys, go!
Local NOJHL shooter still lighting the light
Congratulations to Little Current native Dylan Callaghan who has been providing his Nickel City Barons squad with those all-important goals as the team moves into their NOJHL playoff round. He recently scored a goal to down their division rival Elliot Lake Wildcats who have had their number all season.
There is just over a week for the annual Hypothermic Half Marathon in Sudbury! The 21km half marathon usually attracts a few tough Manitoulin runners who have been slogging through their training all through the holiday season and often use the marathon to pull them through till spring. Good luck to all those who plan to run next weekend in Sudbury. For more information you can visit the Sudbury Rocks website.
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