NOJHL FINAL FOUR FORECAST

It’s three down and four to go on the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League playoff run.

Abitibi Eskimos, Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and Blind River Beavers are on the sidelines until next season, leaving the North Bay Trappers, Sudbury Cubs, Soo Thunderbirds and the reigning champion Soo Eagles in this year’s title hunt.

North Bay will face Sudbury in one best-of-seven semi-final while the Twin Soo teams will do border battle in the other.

SUDBURY V. NORTH BAY

The first-place Cubs swept cellar-dwelling Kirkland Lake in four straight in the opening round while the third-place Trappers netted a surprising five-game triumph of Abitibi. Sudbury begins this series as the favourite led by the three-pronged scoring exploits of Jordan Carroll, Jamie Haines and Nick Esposto. While the Cubs can light it up there are question marks about their goaltending, defence and discipline, not to mention a lack of coaching experience. North Bay, on the other hand, having won its first playoff series under the Trapper moniker, is playing good all-around hockey. 20-year old retread Brad Gehl had nine goals in the series win over Abitibi and Matthew Salituro and Brandon Janke are also riding high. North Bay has its own question mark between the pipes, though Carmine Alfano won both of his starts and had a 1.96 goals against average and .909 save percentage against a tough Abitibi team. I am going to roll the dice and go with the upset here. NORTH BAY IN SIX.

THUNDERBIRDS V. EAGLES

The Thunderbirds, who have finished in first place in each of the past two regular seasons, will be out to avenge last spring’s playoff loss to the Michigan-based Eagles. An award-winning, all-star laden outfit, the Thunderbirds have the NOJHL’s best team on paper led by forwards Micky Sartoretto, Matt Amadio, Brett Campbell, Nick Romano, Jake Wright, Greg Sartoretto and Kevin Michelcavage, defencemen Corey Jackson and Brad Pascall and goalie John Kleinhans. But never underestimate the Eagles and the likes of forwards Brian Depp, Dallas McLaughlin and Matt Wiggemansen, defencemen Derek Diaz (who still has two games to serve on a questionable eight-game suspension) and Tyler Jones and goalies Luis Puig and Chris Truehl. This series could be the swan song for the Eagles, who will depart for the North American Hockey League effective the 2012-13 season. I like the Eagles a lot but methinks the Thunderbirds have more to prove. THUNDERBIRDS IN SIX.

118 thoughts on “NOJHL FINAL FOUR FORECAST

  1. Gold devil

    Seems the cubs get overlooked constantly. The cubs can easily win in four if they don’t get out worked. And best team on paper would be the cubs. Your looking at Haines Carroll Esposto all three are better then the best player on the thunderbirds. Gagnon best defenseman in the league last year. Douskey McMillan and Haines better then everyone but sarteretto and Amadio. Lacroix better then michecavage. I would have to say its the bottom feeders from the cubs which are arguably the worst in the league. Eagles don’t have the elite two like thunderbirds but they have much more depth

  2. Cubs Fan

    all the best to the final four teams reaming in the post season! a little extra luck goes out to the cubs though ! should be a good game tonight ! I can’t wait for the boys to send the Trappers Golfing lol. good luck fellas !

  3. sigs_2012

    Traps loose game 1 to Cubs – boooo!

    Cubs take game 1 in eastern finals vs Trappers – booo!

    Hell, I don’t know who to boo for!

  4. littlebird

    i guess the Birds will have the Essar all to themselves .The hounds blew it big time and hopefully the stands will be full come monday nite.

  5. stick

    Looks like the Cubs could do what the Eskimos could’nt shut down Ghel. Cubs in 5. Eagles in 7.

  6. sigs_2012

    **DHC opponent**

    If anyone is following the other leagues’ playoff developments (OJHL, SIJHL), who are the top teams, and the one likely to represent the respective league?

    In SIJHL, Wisconsin and Fort Frances lead their respective series 2-0. Likely that those two will meet in finals. Who’s likely to win? Anyone seen them in action? How do they compare to our remaining contenders?

    IN OJHL, it’s more complicated:
    Series between Newmarket & Stouffville is tied 3-3. Winner meets winner of series between Georgetown & Oakville, GEO leading this series 4-2.
    Finally, whoever comes out on top of that series (Newmarket/Stouffville/Georgetown or Oakville) will meet winner of series between: Toronto Lakeshore and Whitby, which starts on 21st.

    OK so simple to say that whoever’s Copeland Cup winner will be best to play in the DHC, but if you could pick a club left in the NOJHL playoffs as best suited to face the other leagues’ champs, who would it be?

    To answer this question involves having a good knowledge of what the other leagues’ likely champs strengths and weaknesses are and therefore which of our remaining NOJHL clubs is most suited to compete (and beat) those guys. Non-partisanship is helpful, so all you eskis, gold miners and beavers fans can have a fair crack at this one. To keep on the up’and’up, if we don’t know you already, please state your pre-existing allegiance, if any.

  7. fanman

    The Dudley this year marks the 10th anniversary of the last NOJHL team to have won the tournament. It’s time.

  8. Eskisfan

    Wilderness are a very good and deep team but I’m surprised the North Stars aren’t putting up a better fight so far! They changed coaches late and made a couple of big deadlines in prep of hosting the this year DHC. Was the hottest team in the league during the home stretch.

    Fort Frances is a big tough team and the SI finals will be a rematch of the peculiar home and home most goals minis series that Fort Frances won in a shootout. In that series the winner chose thier next oppostion, Lakers took Dryden.
    Lead by former Timmins Majors Byron Katapytuk and Ryan Wildman the Lakers have been in 2nd all year. I’ve always been Katapytuk fan. huge boy with a cannon, quiet leader has played loyally 3 years with the Lakers, captain this year and just selected league MVP after coming in 1 or second in scoring. Do they have enough to prevent a back to back championship for Wisconsin? I say no! Wisconsin will try their hand at the DHC again, with teh much valuable experience gained last year in Hunstville. No word on if the Wilderness will head to the NAHL if they lose lol.

    In the OJHL it’s been the year of the upset. Only one of the four regular season division champion remains, Georgetown! Favourites and perennial powerhouses are mostly gone i.e Wellington, St Mikes, Newmarket, Cobourg, Kingston, Oakville as well as the heavily favoured Trenton Golden Hawks lead by two time RBC cup winner Jerome Dupont.

    Whitby, Stoufville, Toronto Patriots and Georgetown remain. Georgetown and Stoufville with be a great series. Winner will need to get through the OJHL’s disciplined and structured team. Word is no other team plays a better team game the well coached Whitby Fury who will dispatch the Toronto patriots in teh other semi.
    League Champion, Whitby Fury.

    NOJHL, I said the Wolves will be too much for the trappers and they’ll drop em in 5-6, i’ll stick with that.
    Tbirds should get by the Eagles in 6.

    Finals could be a toss up. The Cubs have one of the best rosters in Ontario Tier II hockey but as per usual are mostly comprised of very good individual hockey players. A coach with total control of those horses who could get them all pulling together could possibly ride that team through the DHC. Unfortunately i don’t think that will happen, too undisciplined and not enough commitment to defence.

    Tbirds win the league.

  9. fanman

    Eskisfan: Great re-cap. Just a small correction….Dupont has one RBC Cup ring. A guy named Marty Williamson won the first RBC Cup with Aurora.

  10. upfront

    I will have to take the T-birds in 6 if the Birds D play like Defence should IMO I will say in 5 So I guess it will be in 6.
    Cubs are up 2 on the Trappers and well lets say that seems a bit of a surprise on paper the Cubs have all the fire power but like the birds seem to have D problems and Discipline problems Cubs in 6

  11. northernlites

    Look at the attendance in the Sault, great numbers, it must have been a great game to watch. Low penalties minutes ana low score, lots of shots on net.

  12. TBird fan

    TBirds played a good game last night but still not getting 100% from everyone. If they get everyone going this team will be hard to beat. Game 1 goes to the TBirds – Birds in 5!

    Sudbury in 5 – makes for a very interesting Finals! TBirds are a more complete team – Birds in 6 games.

  13. eaglefan

    The Eagles were tight all game; passes not connecting, fanning on shots; outshot horribly; lost McLaughlin to a cheap knee shot, early in the third. Yet, the Birds were lucky (that the Eagles were not connecting) tonight. The game winning 3rd. goal was a trickler through Truehl’s legs, that barely had enough steam to get across the goal line.

    Eagles need to pick up their power play, because it seems the TBirds just can’t play an honest game and they should be paying in the form of GA.

  14. upfront

    Honest game ??? The Eagles are the ones who were lucky . It could have been alot worse if it wasn’t for Truhel The Birds were not connecting look at the chances and the shots. Whether it was a trickle goal or not fact is Eagles lost They had there chances 5 min PP no shots ?

  15. eaglefan

    Point is, there’s not much for the Birds to chirp about. They almost lost the game, in spite of outplaying, outshooting and out-penalising the Eagles. They should be counting their lucky stars they are ahead by the 1 game.

    The Eagles are playing like they don’t care; ‘bring on next year’ attitude.

  16. eskisfan

    Thanks for the correction Fanman, I got confused there, i believe it was same owner, different coach!
    There was actually two mistakes in that post. I indicated Byron Katapaytuk is the Captain of the Frot Frances Lakers but he is in fact an Assistant/alternate Captain. Coulda swore they assigned him captain last offseason but i stand corrected…again!

  17. upfront

    Eaglesfan
    The point is your Eagles lost and your pissed.lol The don’t care attitude maybe because the majority of the current eagles players will not be playing on that team next yr

  18. eaglefan

    upfront,
    The series is far from over. Go back and read, once again, what exactly I wrote. Honesty on a hockey rink is self-explainatory, but seems to escape you. I’ve tripped over myself giving the Birds credit, except they can be their own worst enemy. They were lucky to get the W in the opener, in spite of outplaying the Eagles on all levels. You should be pissed at the play of the Birds. They barely won the game. If the Eagles, or better, another team they play gets their act together, the Birds had better learn to capitalise on their many shots on net or they’re done. Quite simple.

    If the Eagles don’t pick it up, they’ll be done. I’m not making excuses for the Eagles. If you haven’t heard, they are leaving the league. They played like they are going through the motions. Meantime, try to act like an adult and just enjoy the games. I don’t want to hear the crying about the refs when the Birds lose a game.

  19. fanman

    By the by, Huntsville has indeed moved to a Junior C league. I had hoped they would have joined the NOJHL.

  20. upfront

    eagles fan
    If you have read my posts I have no problem criticizing the Birds play all year

    Good Luck in the Nahl you’ll need all the help you can get .

  21. Eskisfan

    And the Peterborough Stars and Lindsay Muskies have combined the two teams and are now one. but really it just appears as if the Stars have folded. the squads will stay in Lindsay and remain the Muskies. I predict this will turn the Muskies back into the force they were some 10 years back. OJHL has now contracted about 8 teams in 3 years, more than the NOJHL has for active franchises.

  22. Hawks_96

    It’s a shame they didn’t join the NOJHL they have a Jr. A which should be used for Jr. A not Jr.C. Maybe we could try and get Parry Sound into the league.

  23. bayinfo

    Highlight of last nights great OT game in Copper Cliff, wasn’t Gehl undressing two Suds defenders to get in alone on the tender and roof a beauty, wasn’t George’s top cheese in OT, wasnt ever Zags rocket into the top shelf over Knight for the go ahead in the third, but was rather right after young Haines celly after the goal. As he was so inclined to skate infront of some Trappers fans/parents, grab his junk with his hand and shake it with his tongue sticking out. And front and center to was Trappers Presidents wife and 8 year old daughter and 5 year old son. I wonder how she had to explain why the hockey player turned and looked at them yanking on his unit and waggling his tongue?
    People talk about cleaning up the game?!?! THAT , to me, is worse than a headshot , hit from behind , or any type of fighting, and there is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE for such disgusting , disrepectful behavior.!!!
    The thing that gets me is if he did that towards an opposing player, coach, or referee, he would get the minimum of a misconduct. But he does it in the direction of women and childeren and its ok??????!!!!??
    I hope the incident was caught on tape, ( if not by fast hockey than the other camera that was taping directly above the incident), so you friends and family can see and be so proud of you Young Mr Haines.
    And back to the highlight, Mr Haines was on the ice for the OT goal against.., Karma is a B!tch! And you sealed your fate on that night as soon as you started shaking your brain towards our section.

  24. eskisfan

    Worse than a hit from behind? worse than hit to head?
    Again Bayinfo you’ve put yourself in front a/the player. No class by Haines indeed, but no surprise either. It’s a show of disrespect for the game, team, fans, coaches league, but no one got hurt! we can’t say the same about hits from behind or head checks.

    i agree about the karma, looks good on him/
    Congrats on the Win Trappers.

  25. guest

    Last nights game between the Cubs and the Trappers was a matter of… who from the Sudbury team was going to do something stupid next. The younger Haines, the older Haines or Dusick. Pretty equal but the display the younger of the two Haines sisters put on was disgusting.

    Bosco said it perfectly….typical of what comes out of that Cubs team.

  26. Cubs Fan

    what the hell is up with this retarded organization, I cant believe the following from the star Jayce Douskey has been sent home by the Cubs management. I tell you this I’m over this team he better of murdered somebody because he is one of our best god damn players we have this season. I can’t believe this organization lets me down by giving up the DHC and now they send one of our best players home, why did I spend 300 dollars of my hard earned money on this shit show for two adult passes on this team. as for the haines incident I missed that thank god but I’m not surprised what so ever classless I say classless wow. later !

  27. Scott

    Bayinfo you seem to be a north bay personnel and anything to make your team look like an angel right. How about Ghel spear to Haines , blind side hit in over time. Ghel is 250 and spears kids. How about yor player trying to injure Comtois and only getting two. How about as a fan I can hear north bay coach yelling at Esposto to put a cock in his mouth. You guys already got lacroix suspended and word around the arena was the dirty tactics you had with the cubs room in your arena. Sudbury in 5

  28. North

    Bayinfo..funny as I was there and all 5 players on the ice were in a group celebration (pulling on their jersey to show the logo)—you wouldn’t be the Trapper fan who was yelling out Cubs individual names all game and screaming like a fool.
    Focus on the game and quit starting foolish stories—Karma…..Mmmmm-then there are a few individuals in red well deserving down the road.

  29. Guest

    @Scott. You assume bayinfo is personnel of NB? Your language and lack of facts in your post puts you right into the same category as the Cubs players. Must be Cubs personnel.

  30. Bayer

    Scott,

    There was no dirty tactics with the dressing room in north bay, their dressing room was hot and they had no hot water, trappers dressing room was the exact same hot and no hot water.
    theres a reason the trappers players stand out in the hallway during the intermission to keep cool, had nothing to do with the team its the building and its fixtures.

  31. Eskisfan

    Wisconsin Wildeneess have swept Dudley Hewitt host Thunder Bay North Stars 4-0.

    Fort Frances Lakers Sweep the Dryden Ice Dogs setting up the predicted Wisconsin vs Fort Frances Bill Salonen cup championship Series.

    In the OJHL, Stoufville up 2-0 after a barn burning 7-6 OT win.
    Whitby Fury up 1-0 over Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

  32. LeJib

    A little edification for young ‘Scott’. The expression ‘put a SOCK in it’, meaning ‘please shut up’, is any number of decades older than you, and has been commonly used for several generations. This just about sums up the veracity of the rest of your comments as well.
    Note to ‘eskisfan’ – agree Bayinfo got carried away with his comparisons, but the gist of his comment rings true. If the incident occurred as described, a suspension certainly seems appropriate. Meanwhile, keep up your very insightful and objective comments. We enjoy them.
    Question that RR may be able to knowledgably answer – does NOJHL actively pursue other communities which might be capable of icing a team in our league? Or do they tend to just sit back and wait to be approached? It’s beginning to get a bit scary to see the league reduced to only six teams, with half of those in small markets. Sure could benefit from a few more franchises. Just wonderin’.

  33. Randy Russon Post author

    LeJib,

    I can assure you that Commissioner Mazzuca has been relentless in trying to at least maintain status quo within the NOJHL, as long as potential new franchises are viable. I think you will see the NOJHL remain a seven-team league in 2012-13, maybe even become an eight-team league. All in all, the NOJHL is in exceptional hands with Mazzuca at the helm. More on that later.

    Regards,

    RR

  34. Mike

    Classless acts? Sudbury Cubs? No way. Coach Roddy is a class act, although a bit stressed, and has complete control of his bench. Haines did what he did and coach Roddy, although a bit stressed, will discipline him accordingly. Rest assured.

  35. Trapperfan

    Yes the Cub players needs to put a sock in it. I never seen so many players appeal to the refs as this team does. They try to get penalties called and yet play just as dirty as any other…

    All in all, it will be a good game in North Bay tonight The Trappers will need to keep playing with the intensity/desperation needed they will win tonight. I still say Trappers in 7

    Wondering why Peachey hasn’t wieghed in on this series yet…

  36. Mike

    So Douskey left the team early on and returned to the States, came back, played tons, and now has been sent home.

    Gagnon named captain, quit, came back, gave up the C, quit, came back for one game, quit, and is now back for the playoffs.

    Blacksmith quit.

    Brown signed and quit after 3 games.

    Rouleau quit.

    Comtois quit. Came back.

    Cooper traded for but doesn’t show up.

    Young Burgess is dressed for 2 games.

    Suspensions amounting to 55 games. 17 games for Esposto! 15 games for bench warmer Lizotte! Even the coaches got 3 games. Now that’s discipline.

    After every suspension, coach Roddy welcomed Esposto back with limitless ice time.

    Verreault canned. Assistant coach (of Valley East Rebels fame) takes over. Assistant coach’s assistant coaches quit.

    Team gives up the Dudley Cup for financial reasons.

    Team draws an average of 83 people per game, less than a typical Peewee house league game.

    All in all, an entertaining year to say the least. Go Cubs Go.

  37. Peachy

    Peachy no go to any game this series spend money at Cat House insted ahahahahahahahahahaha
    ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

  38. sigs2012

    stick: good guys come last

    Peachy: don’t forget to bag it.

    LeJib: last commish who had the getupandgo and wherewithall of Mazzuca was Joe Drago. Times are tough in Northern Ontario, not a reflection of the league or its commish.

    eskisfan: thanks for DHC development update. Wisc Wild appear to be like our SSM Eagles

    advice to all teams in playoffs: CHILL – do what you’ve been doing WELL all season, subtract the B.S. and you should do as well as you possibly can. Luck will take care of the rest, and its beyond your control.

  39. northernlites

    Hey Mike, Looks like the cubs coach will have his hands full trying to discipline his team, what a joke, check out the penalties

  40. LeJib

    Hey ‘sigs’. Wasn’t suggesting for a second that the number of teams was a reflection on the league or the commissioner. Just asking a question that I wanted answered, as to whether or not there is a ‘proactive’ policy being practised. Totally agree with your comment. Thanks.

  41. Eskisfan

    Well, i’m thinking this will (maybe should be is a better term) wake up call and force the Cubs to take a good look in the mirror. When they do, hopefully they’ll see the other 20 guys in the background and realize this ain’t all about themselves or remember that this is the end of the hockey line for half those kids. Then again, i really have no idea just how bad that dressing room is or just how selfish those Cubs players really are.

    McCarthy, although too involved in the game (trash talk) for my personal taste, must given credit. He has his boys playing a frustrating game that is bring bringing in the W’s when they matter most. I didn’t think the Trappers had anymore more talent than the Eskis and no one will argue they have more talent the Cubs but this is a great example of what team work and believing in a coaches system can do.

    Best of three now and the alarm clock is ringin in the Cubs dressing room! Will/can they finally wake up in this 11th hour?

  42. Mike

    Coach Roddy, although a little stressed, must have ruled with his big iron fist. I wasn’t at the game but I see the young Haines did not have any points nor any penalties. Did he ride the pine for his vulgarities? Maybe coach Roddy has grown a pair.

  43. eaglefan

    Looks like the Eagles’ goose is cooked. Too many strikes against them (injuriies and suspensions to key players) and the TBirds are firing on all cylinders. I didn’t bother with the game last night and will likely skip tonights finale also. The Eagles have shown some spark, but can’t seem to sustain it for 60 minutes.

    Great year Eagles and best of luck in the NAHL. As for the Birds, good luck with the Cubs. It sure looks like that is what is shaping up.

  44. eskimos

    Trapper fan

    Gehl did the same thing in the series in IF , always yapping to the refs after the plays , after a penalty call.
    So don’t complain so much against the cub for doing the same.
    I hope NB wins against Sud just because we are not in there.

  45. Scott

    Just to let you guys know it is big Haines that is accused for celebrating with grabbing his junk. He has always celebrated with allot of energy but in northbay he skated to the face off dot with no gestures after his goal. So I asked around and big Haines has been warned about his celebrations but no suspension or punishment is coming from it as north bay is just accusing with no proof. I recall big Haines slapping the boards after his goal in Sudbury as he does every here and then and pretending to give high fives. Little Haines hasn’t scored therefore couldn’t of celebrated

  46. Hawks_96

    So the rumour is that Elliot Lake is making a departure from the Outlaw league to the NOJHL?

  47. bayinfo

    To It is NOT BIG Haines accused of anything, re read my post. You are a bit confused on the issue Scott.
    A celebration is a celebration, and Big Haines let out the most flamoyant celly yet , with his spanoramma celebration on the ever so critical 3rd Sudbury goal that made the score 6-3 which drew as many boo’s as you could imagine.
    Big Haines can celebrate as much as he wants, it gets the crowd going ( and last night going crazy)

  48. Randy Russon Post author

    Hawks_96,

    Personally, I would love to see the return of Elliot Lake to the NOJHL. But Bobcats owner-GM-coach Ryan Leonard himself posted on this blog a while back he intends to return to the Outlaw League for the 2012-13 season.

    Regards,

    RR

  49. American Eagle

    The Eagles have pretty much packed it on the season. Most of the 20 Yr old kids are just going thru the motions which is dissapointing to say the least. I feel bad for Puig and Truel as they are trying to hold the fort by themselfs. Bruno must be pulling his hair out with very little production from his vetran forwards.

  50. North

    bayinfo–you sure seem to have it out for the 2 brothers—how do you justify the fan who spit on Haines visor after the 2nd period or the foul language used by so many fans against Esposto, Carrol and Haines. You speak of kids in attendance and yet the swearing and name calling was awful last night.
    Also you refered to lil Haines but your team exec’s complained that it was big Haines–when video was asked for, they backed down. So stop with the bs and try talking about the game.
    Like how many times the trainer runs on the ice as the Bay lay on the ice trying to draw penalties (aprox 8x per game the last 3) .
    You speak of celly’s and then try to be rude on the nicest goal yet—let’s stick to hockey.
    Tom does have the team playing well and hard—best of 3 now.
    ps-officiating needs to be consistent

  51. Tommy Hawk

    yo Randy

    Can you start a poll as to how long it takes before the Eagles ask to return to the NOJHL ?

    I suspect recruiting will be an issue for the Eagles and to the parents of players that care about education first, with 5.5 hour and longer road trips ahead, cant be beneficial to university, college and or high school studies.

    Me thinks the Eagles took the sucky baby route this year and pointed fingers at everyone else but themselves for their demise, not a chance they were beating the T-birds in 7 and they knew/know it.

    stop the whining and listen for the door ………….

  52. upfront

    Congratulation T-Birds

    Hey Eaglefan
    Can you say SWEEEEEEEEEEP !!!!!!!!

    Good Luck Eagles in the NAHL I look forward to watching the games.

  53. littlebird

    hey tommy hawk unless birds playin in pullar eagles never gonna have over 400 fans next year. and what a miraculous recovery by #20. coulda swore he broke a leg the way bruno talkin. anyway Birds waitin for a good series which should go distance.

  54. Randy Russon Post author

    littlebird,

    I consider it rather pathetic that someone actually slashed the tires on Bruno’s car following last night’s game. I also consider it rather small-minded of you to be laughing over what is a gutless, criminal act. $500 damage to someone’s property is pretty serious stuff.

    Randy Russon

  55. eaglenews

    the beauty of a border battle is, that fans can watch, and cheer. The Eagles brought hockey to the finest arena for junior hockey, perhaps on the continent. and what happens at the rink stays in the rink. kudos to RR and his dedication!

  56. eaglefan

    littlebird,
    I had no idea that you meant that Bruno’s car tires were slashed. You surely are a small-minded chump, finding humour in Bruno’s loss, to a mental midget.

    McGlaughlin’s ability to play yesterday is a testament to the young man’s character, to play through an injury.. It speaks louder to his good character, than of the player who laid the cheap shot on him. That is why I have a hard time liking the Birds and their fans…they can’t seem to win or lose with class.

  57. David Harrison

    The Trappers built up early lead and then sat back and waited for the Cubs to come to them. Unfortunately for the Trappers when they did try to pick it up near the end of the game Pominville stopped them. Despite five goals Pominville saved the Cubs from embarassment in the first period. Except for the first game the Trappers have taken a lead in every game into the second period.

  58. soo indians fan

    A very class-less act on Bruno’s part to be dropping bombs in a news paper article, lost what little respect I had for him. The Eagle’s will be lucky to last two years in the NAHL with less than 400-500 people in the stands unless the owners like losing more than 250K per year. That said it was also a VERY class-less act to slash his tires but the police are involved and they have names.

  59. osbie

    Tommy Hawk,

    I think you are dead wrong about the Eagles having a problem with recruiting. While you are right about the lengths of the trips, I think there are plenty of Detroit area kids and parents that would love the opportunity, with Flint, Kalamazoo and Port Huron in the North Division family and friends would have short distances to travel to see their kids play. As for the attendance, I would hope that the attendance would be at least comparable to this season for the Eagles, they are playing in a better league top to bottom, and by all appearances they will continue a series with the T-Birds. If the attendance drops it will say a lot more about the fan base than the team itself. Good luck to the Eagles as they prepare for their new chapter.

  60. TBirdsOnTop

    HAHAHAH eaglesrock. Im sure NONE of the Eagles ever had a beer…EVER. They’re all angels right? From what I hear the Eagles had a party last night, but im sure that they were only drinking water and maybe the occasional mountain dew, but that might be pushing it. Unfortunately for you guys, the season is over and you have nothing more to chirp about. You lost 4 straight to a better team and you still feel obligated to badmouth the Birds over the internet? Get a life. It’s over, you lost, badly…end of story. Have fun in the NA next year, I’m sure the TBirds are just laughing at all of your stupid comments. Maybe you were the one who put a fire under their asses during playoffs. So in that case, keep it coming.

    ps…Ever think that maybe some of your “angels” were a little upset with Bruno and took action? But wait, they’re always sober so it had to be someone with the TBirds eh? Bunch of drunks from what I hear. HAHAHAHAH get them golf clubs out boys. End of Story.

  61. Nukker

    Did anyone ever consider that the Bruno incident may have been the 2 players that he suspended earlier in the series? Accusing the T-Birds just doesn’t add up in my books. Why would they do such a thing after sweeping the series? Like I said, doesn’t make sense.

    If I were the police, I’d be looking in my backyard, not the other side of the border.

  62. eaglesfanmarquette

    This tell’s me that the Thunderbirds do not beleive in supervision! What was an 18 year old kid doing drinking underage in Michigan after his Team had just played a game!!!!!!!!

  63. upfront

    eaglesfanmarquette

    They were celebrating the SWEEP

    Well I guess all the Eagles players are angles and have NEVER had a beer underage but I think not I for one have witnessed them doing it on more than one occasion as a matter of fact I know eagle players that have gotten DUI’s and underage to go with it but I guess thats something you won’t post right eaglefans

  64. northernlites

    Are you people on here adults or just a bunch of wahoos, grow up for God sake. What a bunch of idiots. I thought this site was a good place to talk about hockey, if you want to trash talk go some where else.

  65. eaglesrock

    You mean that sweeping a team allows you to break the law? You really can’t be serious! I can’t believe that the Thunderbirds Managemint will accept this type of behavior and nonsense. I hope the Thunderbirds Managmint has more class than some of you Fans.

  66. upfront

    Eaglesfan
    Wow you call the Birds and Fans classless . How about all the swearing drunken eagle fans that were sitting next to me .Fans from both sides boarder with kids had to move because of there behavior not to mention the security guy telling them a number of times to tone it down or they would be removed if that were a Canadian fan they would have been thrown out Now that’s Class or how about Curry and Mclaughlin smashing sticks during the game and after they lost Now that’s class So before you call people classless or throw out garbage have a look and clean up your own back yard FIRST

    Eaglesrock
    Do you know that you know that Savoy bar allows 18 yr olds in the bar ??? Do you also know that it’s against the LAW to serve minors in a bar ?
    So where is the responsible bar owners who were serving them ??
    I guess the bar owners doesn’t know it’s 21 either

  67. eaglefan

    Nukker,
    I don’t recall anyone accusing the TBirds fans or players of such a stupid act, as to slash Bruno’s tires. Littlebird’s laughing about the incident is totally classless and is the only thing I stated.

    sooindian fan,
    Apparently you don’t watch much hockey. One coach accusing another coach of underhanded behaviour is quite common in playoff hockey. Aside from the fact that what Bruno stated may have some merit (that the Birds may have sent a player out to take McGlaughlin out) the statements are an attempt to pump his own players and knock the opposition off their game. It’s called Psych. 101 and is the oldest ploy in the game.

  68. eaglefan

    Sad that a young man may have jeopardised his future while celebrating the so-called “SWEEP”. Sure throws a wet rag on the celebration for him, if not for some of their fans .

    All these young guy’s are going to have a beer. There is a responsibility to make sure they are in a controlled situation while doing it. The SWEEP doesn’t come with a free pass to party. The adults should know better.

  69. Albert Giommi, President, Soo Thunderbirds

    In response to the recent actions of a Soo Thunderbird player:

    As most are aware a Soo Thunderbird player was involved in an incident in Soo, Michigan during the early morning of Sunday March 25th.

    We as an organization do not condone this behavior and the actions that transpired that early morning. We as an organization will deal with the matter internally. The player has been suspended indefinitely pending further investigation.

    We as an organization are here to make these athletes the best possible individuals that they could be through education and a structured environment. At the odd time there are issues that arise such as this — as there is with most families with teenagers — and we will do everything possible to help put the person on the correct path.

    We need to look past this issue and look forward on how to make sure one does not do this again.

    The entire good one can do can be wiped out with one bad decision.

    This should be a lesson to all and learn from it.

    This promising athlete has learned one expensive lesson that could affect him for many years to come as well as possibly ruining his ability to move forward in a hockey career.

    The Soo Thunderbirds will do all that it could possibly do to help this athlete and others to mature them for society.

    I Remain

    Albert Giommi, President, Soo Thunderbirds Jr. A Hockey Club

  70. North

    Stick—no comment about the whinning about a series that is done? And legal charges.
    Wish matters and comments would remain about hockey….hardly any feedback on the play in the series between the Tbirds/Eagles….just personal attacks :(

  71. Eskisfan

    Not sure why anyone would find it neccesary to post that kind of police brief on here and i’m just as surprised it’s still up.

    Weren’t we just talking about class?

  72. stick

    Geez it looks like the four teams left in the play-offs are all classless acts. Sad day for Jr A hockey. ):

  73. Bruin19

    The most recents comments from both side are unreal and show stupidity and unsportsmanship from both sides. It is a hockey game. The actions of these young men who are under the supervision of there hockey team are unacceptable. Quit trying to rationalize it! I wouldnt let my son play in either one of the Soo cities. Lets hope both sides learn from this situation and be a better example then they have showed during this series. FYI your suppose to be the better”organizations” in the NOJHL. Eagles good luck next year in your new league.

  74. North

    Have to give Albert credit for his post and for focusing on life leasons and helping a young man find his way/maturing.
    I hope that the focus moving froward by posters is about hockey and the effort these young men/boys put forward.

  75. BirdsFan1

    Mr. Giommi is a class act and he will do the right thing for the player and the T-Bird Organization.

  76. Jean Guy Pec Pec

    There are a lot of whiners on here tabarnac…

    How about that series in the East

  77. Trapperfan

    I think it is time for the Trappers to come to the barn and play 60 minutes of hockey. Yeah they’ve blown leads before and still managed to squeek out a win but their luck just might run out. C’mon Trappers get out there and take the game to them and don’t let up. There is nothing more than I would like to see is the Cubs NOT playing for the league championship.

  78. Jean Guy Pec Pec

    Oui, me too I’d like to see this… of all the teams in this league, the Cubs are the one team that I’d be ok with running up the score and also don’t wanna see ‘em in the finals

  79. littlebird

    just to clarify about the air being let out of bruno’s tires.it was in the story published on sootoday.com sat nite.that’s were my info came from. peace out

  80. stick

    Mr. Giommi very good responce to the incident that took place. Now as other posters have said lets get back to the real issue HOCKEY.

  81. Jean Guy Pec Pec

    Blow out at the gardens tonight. 6-0 Trappers.
    Not quite sure how the Cubs have made it this far based on their performance tonight, looked like they where in preseason. What a sad waste of talented and skilled players. If the puck isn’t on their stick or in their possession, absolutely no work ethic or effort to get control, players giving up on the play… I was hoping for a little bit more of a game than that…. sad. I guess they weren’t facing elimination, so they mailed it in from the bus.
    Haines looked like he was carrying a load around in his diaper, Asbestos takes 3 minute shifts and doesn’t work for the puck, Carrol was a ghost, unless you count the times he was standing on the trapper blue line waiting for a hail marry. Gagnon, d/man of the year?? woah, wasn’t sure what team he was playing for based on some of the give aways and effortless passes. D didn’t help out their tender whatsoever leaving Trapper players alone in the slot a several occasions.

    Hopefully the traps can put ‘em away tomorrow and take the cubs off their high horse and take away their sense of entitlement.
    Say what you will about the Trappers, but what a nice team of workhorses who all know their roles and stick to the game plan.

    Love them Cubs unis though aside from all the advertising… Good luck Trappers

  82. North

    Jean Guy pec pec…..FYI as you have to work on your observatiional skills-#12 Haines was not in the line up.
    As far as work ethic goes–Trappers won that battle.

  83. Trapperfan

    Well the Trappers came to play all 60 mins last night. They played very well and didn’t let up. With two goal posts hit the score could have been 8-0. Clearly the so called “big line” sets the the tone of the whole bench, their work ethic was nil. Got to be frustrating for their team mates and the coach. And what’s with #13 Lizotte? he clearly wanted to hurt someone out there all this in the last 2 mins of the hockey game…I certainly hope that was his own agenda and not that of the team as a whole…. Should be a good one tonight, time to put the Cubs out of their misery as the better team deserves to win the East!!!
    GO TRAPPERS GO!!!!

  84. Pete

    Is Haines the anchor of this team? Seems whenever he has been out this year the team comes out flat and loses. Maybe he is the guy who gets them ready. Wonder if he is the captain in the room as from what I read in news papers he is outspoken and has a personality unlike captain Carroll.

  85. Cubs Fan

    GM # 7 wow it’s been a fun series good luck to both teams ! could be my last game for a while after tonight, as I will not be following this club as closely next season ! have fun play hard fellas ! and let the best team win ! 5 wins till thunder bay boys !

  86. Hawks_96

    I wonder how many NOJHLers will make the move to the NAHL. In Randy`s column it says T-birds D Jeremy Solomon is making the move. For BL I could see Berens, Palaushaj, Berens, Karakas all making a move.

  87. Eskisfan

    Congrats to the Trappers, proved me wrong! Good job by
    McCarthy to have this kids gelling and working hard at the right time. Captain Gehl, what a huge trade that turned out to be.

  88. Pete

    5 straight powerplays in first 5 minutes of the game in game 7. Some of them were hitting penaltys? Game 7 is a war? Only one ref called them against Sudbury as well? After that the score was 3-1 . Good win trappers ad congratulations but me thinks different reffing and the game would have been closer. Trappers still would have won in the end. Haines played with a broken elbow and still was able to score, lacroix played a tough game only if some others played with heart. All the 20 year olds played a great game and my hats off to northbay on the win. Best of luck boys

  89. guest

    Congratulations to the Trappers on a hard fought series! Way to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the series to take the Cubs. You guys deserved this win. Next stop…Soo Ontario. Go Trappers Go!

  90. Trapperfan

    Well who’d a thunk it…. the mighty talented Cubs not playing for the NOJHL championship. Clearly the Cubs were outworked.
    Take that work ethic and the winning momentum to the Soo way to go Trappers!!

  91. PUCKerUp

    Whitby will take anything left in its way. OJ doesn’t compare to the speed and skill in the northern leagues, Goodluck tho..

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