Sudbury, North Bay are 1-2

So much for this being a rebuilding season for the Sudbury Nickel Barons, formerly the Sudbury Cubs.

The new-look Nickel Barons with new owner Mike Mooney and old-but-new coach Dave Clancy are the talk of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League in the early going of the 2012-13 season.

Now comes the biggest test of the young season for Sudbury.

The top two teams in the NOJHL will face off on Friday night in North Bay when coach Tom McCarthy and his Trappers play host to the Nickel Barons.

Sudbury is perfect through six games this season with a 6-0 record while North Bay has a mark of 4-0-1.

The low-key Clancy has made his return to the NOJHL and Sudbury a good one thus far. The veteran bench boss, who has coached in Sudbury for a number of years at a number of levels, has a knack of being easy to play for but demanding at the same time.

Leading the way on ice for the Nickel Barons through six games is second-year forward Darcy Haines, who has 16 points, including 10 goals.

As Clancy has his style of coaching, so does McCarthy over in North Bay. McCarthy is known for his fiery, combative nature but like Clancy, is a respected player’s coach.

Forward Brennen Dubchak, formerly of the Thunder Bay North Stars of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League, is the Trappers scoring leader with 3-5-8 totals.

BOBCAT ROWE

The expansion Elliot Lake Bobcats, off to a 1-5 start in their first NOJHL season, have added several newcomers to their roster, including the well-travelled Kyle Rowe, a 6-foot-2, 215 pound forward who was a fifth-round pick of the Soo Greyhounds at the 2010 Ontario Hockey League draft.

The Bobcats are home to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners on Friday night and will be out to try to build on their first-ever NOJHL win, which was a home-ice decision over the Blind River Beavers last weekend.

HOCKEY NORTH SHOW

Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. on ESPN 1400 Radio — http://:stream.1400espn.net — I host the Hockey North Show along with sidekick Brad Coccimiglio.

The HNS deals mainly with the NOJHL and the North Division of the North American Hockey League but we also talk up the OHL, mostly the northern teams, namely the Soo Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves.

Because exchanging banter and information, the HNS also features weekly guests.

43 thoughts on “Sudbury, North Bay are 1-2

  1. mike

    Another decent crowd in Copper Cliff last night. Goaltending was part of the difference. The Sudbury keeper made some key saves but the little guy in net for EL had a tough tough night. The Barons are a lot more fun to watch this year. They roll the lines a bit more and are more disciplined. Lyin Bryan and stressed out Roddy had one game plan…”First Line, you’re our Only Line!” or “Quit on us once, we’ll take you back but Quit on us twice,….., we’ll still take you back!”

    EL has some good players and some potential though. They might climb close to 15 or more wins this year.

  2. BirdsFan1

    Not much talk about the Thunderbirds around the Soo so far this season … newspaper coverage from both the “Sault This Week” and the “Sault Star” has not been as extennsive as it has been in past years with more focus on the North Star Midgets it seems. The bad hangover from last years “escapades” involving the Thunderbirds does not seem to have gone away!

  3. Peachy

    Nickel Baron go to Nord Bay to play Trippers – Peachy meet Old Tramp at St. Reegis Hotel in Nord Bay in 1975 – 6 dollar for room and big rope for fire ascape ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  4. North Bay Hockey

    The Trappers are fast this year but I still think they need to add a solid 20 or 19 year old vet on the blue line with even major junior experience, and same with up front if they truly want to get thru the Dudley – but its not even October and a long way till February.

  5. Old Viking

    Randy: I enjoyed listning to your “Hockey North Show” & the Interviews with Chad Fresk from the Bobcats and Coach Bruno (sorry I cant say or spell that last name lol) from the Soo NAHL team as well as all of the Info that you give out over the corse of the Show. Keep up the great work covring the NOJHL & Junior Hockey in general!!!

  6. Cassio

    GO NICKEL BARONS GO!!! BEAT THOSE TRAPPERS!!!

    Young Haines looks like the real deal with 10 Goals in 6 Games.

  7. Cassio

    Ditto “Old Viking” and I like the expanded coverage on RR’s Hockey Show that includes the OHL Wolves and Greyhounds and the Soo Eagles now that they have gone to the North American League. Coach Bruno Bragganolo was always a class act when he was in our League – very respectfull of the opposition and the fans as well.

  8. stick

    What a great league this would be if the Eagles were still in. It’s okay now but would be even better with them knocking heads with the Birds.

  9. Trapper Fan

    Defence will be the difference in North Bay, Traps will need to be solid from the net out.

    GO TRAPPERS GO!!!!!

  10. ken jarecki

    Hey Birdsfan1. Same thing here in Sudbury regarding media coverage of Barons. Seen more written about midget AAA than Barons. Strange. Re: Bobcats, they’re pretty fast but I thought they were lazy on their PK and didn’t shoot enough when they had opportunities. Also think their choice of D on PK and PP is suspect. Liked the kid wearing the jersey with Suzuki name on it though. Thought he was damn good.

  11. Randy Russon Post author

    SUDBURY 4 NORTH BAY 3 (OT)

    Scott Sirkka scored the overtime winner with 35 seconds left in 3 on 3 as the Sudbury Nickel Barons defeated the North Bay Trappers 4-3 tonight.

    The win for Sudbury boosted its record to an NOJHL-best 7-0.

    The Trappers scored 2 goals in the final 3 minutes of play including the tying goal by Brandon Janke on a penalty shot with 21 seconds left in regulation.

    North Bay is now 4-0-1-1 on the season.

  12. Sisco

    Unbelievable that a penalty and penalty shot were given in the last minute of play! Good job Barons. Randy, are the Barons the only undefeated team in Canada? I think the Mariners suffered ther first defeat tonight. Way to go Sudbury – keep up the momentum!

  13. kazjar

    Hey Guest. I guess this Barons win over the Trappers might erase some of your doubts about the quality of the Barons. This is a good team and they are clicking. If they decide to bring any other players on board I hope the staff considers the choice carefully as the Barons have gelled into a cohesive unit pretty quickly and don’t need any poison on the bench to change that. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think they should look at anybody else. This is the team they will win with.

  14. foober40

    I don’t see a problem if the penalty shot and the subsequent penalty were deserved . Try playing in Timmins where nothing is a penalty and players end up trying to maim each other or Kap where the inconsistency will have you wondering what sport you’re watching .

  15. LeJib

    Wow! – Fans in the Bay on Friday night were treated to a real barn-burner of a game! The stripes did a pretty good job, letting the kids play the game, and play they did – fast two-way hockey. A real treat for a game so early in the season. I was particularly impressed by the Barons tenacious checking, fore- and back-. I know the season is very young yet, but already the Barons nay-sayers might be wanting to think about what they would like served with their crow. This looks like a diametrically-opposed team to what has come out of Suds over the past few years – well-balanced, well-disciplined, well-coached. It will be interesting to see if it continues for the duration. Well-deserved points for both teams. Now I look forward more than ever to our age-old rivalry with Suds.
    (And yes, their jerseys are a huge improvement. Can’t say the same for our Traps.)

  16. stick

    What a great night for the NOJHL all 3 games go into OT, talk about a balanced league. Eskimos much improved Therrien hits the post in OT then Eskis get a penalty case closed Trappers win. Nice to see bottom teams improving with every game.

  17. eskisfan

    Another big improvement for the eskis tonite. Fun game to watch and really eskis could have very easily won this game. Really enjoying watching young marc audet. Kid is the real deal.

    In a very interesting move, coach gagne elected to pull audet with 3 and half minutes left in the game. Trappers obviously never had a shot on goal and Poulin Roy scored his first as a eskimo to send it to OT. Referee who was out of postion waves off what would of been the winner then calls a weak holding penalty at the end of the 1st OT and the traps capitalized. Thought the Eskis really took the physical game to trappers and had the trappers looking over their shoulders all nite long.

    Eskis are still a couple of offensive players away but its really starting to come together.

  18. ABITIBIAN

    Things are looking up when you can keep up with the big boys !!
    Very fast pace game and I find the Trapps are very aggressive on the puck especially their PK.

    Fans got their $$ worth last nite, good crowd , more to come after the hunting season.

    LeJib- didn`t like theTrapps jersey iether, looks like someone left them in the wash too long .
    Kurly- no comments this year ?? I guess your mother taught you well…have nothing good to say- say nothing

  19. Stix601

    A very well played game by both teams in Abitibi last night. Goaltenders made key stops for both sides. Really enjoying to OT format – no complaints on seeing more team vs team action. Looks like we are going to see a very well balanced league this season.

  20. stick

    The worst thing about the Trappers jersey’s is you cant read the players names unless they are right in front of you.

  21. Sigs_2012

    Stick,
    I absolutely concur in regards to Trappers
    Name bars.
    Very fast game last night. Traps are very
    Aggressive and use their speed to their advantage .
    Sometimes when Eskis were on PP it seemed the other way
    Around.

  22. North Bay

    The trappers lost to a good Sudbury team who’s roster is pretty much solidified, it would not surprise me if the barons finish first ad it takes the trappers till feb to beat them, I will say it Again the trappers roster will change I already know of two new players who toured north bay this weekend both 19 one with qmjhl and one with whl experience I also know of one 20 year old from the ohl that was here last and is taking a week to decide where to go the trappers have a solid goalie this year, but the d causes for concern need some depth but come February we should be On top I’m glad the league is close again this year

  23. Armand5

    Was expecting a better crowd for the NB-Suds game. I know its still early but it seems the Traps hardcore fan base is going to be about 600 or so this season. I don’t know if that means hockey fans have drifted to the Lakers permanently or not but I expected something more in the way of 7-900. Lakers easily draw in the 1200+ range and their ‘pink’ game hit 2200, so it seems some fans just want the higher level for their dough even though Trapper play is exciting.

    (See Abitibian? I’m still hangin in there!)

  24. LeJib

    For foober (thanks) and sisco – the penalty shot with only 23 seconds left in the game may seem a bit much, but it was simply a case of no other call being possible by the rules of the game. With the Traps buzzing all around the goal, a Suds defender clearly and intentionally lifted the net from its moorings and pushed it towards the boards. A split-second later, the puck appeared to have entered the net, but from my vantage point I couldn’t be sure. Anyway, the call was correct, confirmed by the fact that the Barons’ bench offered no objection. As I said previously, it was a great game, with points well-deserved for both teams.
    Abitibian – love your humour.
    Cheers all!

  25. ABITIBIAN

    Armand5 – Good too see you`re still hanging around.
    Surprised to hear the Lakers are drawing that many fans. How do they rank at Univ. level ?

    Hope the Trappers can build up the intensity to draw a good show for the big show..(Dudley )

    a side note – does anyone know the where abouts of Motleyrules , is he touring with his band across Canada ?

  26. league Fan

    Weekend summary

    Barons continue to Win

    Eskies are coming

    Gold Miners are for Real

    All Sat night games in O/T

  27. bayinfo

    congrats on the national rankings to both north bay and sudz. my honorable mention goes to the birds, as their accomplishments last year have clearly helped the credibility of the league. to have two teams in the top 12 is great and have them both out ranking the ojhl and central league s top teams would have been unheard of the past quite a few seasons.
    of course other influencing factors would be the dudley host team being assumed to be a force, combined with Mr Tim C s presence demands credibility and beating that team accomplishes that as well.

  28. Armand5

    Abi:
    regular season hasn’t started for Lakers yet, so they are not ranked but they were 4-0 in exhibition play, including Saturday night’s 3-2 win over Western. They drew 1139 which is roughly double what the Traps have been drawing but as the saying goes, the best marketing a club can do is to have a winning record. Like most clubs, September’s Trapper line-up will likely not be quite the same when April rolls around. If they can beat the bushes for a couple of old ‘Dustin Fummerton types’, they just might get that attendance number closer to 1K.

  29. ABITIBIAN

    Armand5 -
    That`s about the same crowd as the old dominate Skyhawks use to have.
    Refresh my memory, did the City -Trappers & Lakers strike up a new deal at the Gardens this year ?

    And yes good for the NOJHL on the rankings.

  30. sigs2012

    Pleased that our League is getting some recognition; don’t be surprised if there are another one or two teams to make that list in next few months!
    And that, gents and ladies, would kick *ss ;)

  31. LeJib

    To Abitibian & Armand5 – Yes, the Trappers and Lakers have new contracts with the city – not sure of the duration or terms.
    One of the biggest obstacles the Traps will again have to overcome is the local ‘media’. Traps are several games into their season, while the Lakers have yet to play a regular-season game. However, as in the past, the local newspaper continues to give five or more times the coverage to the Lakers as to the Trappers. Is North Bay a parochial little town, highly politicized, you ask? You be the judge! My only word of caution to the media – Jr.A hockey will endure – be careful what you wish for.
    That being said, I will admit that the Trappers, following in the Skyhawks tradition, continue to be their own worst enemy.
    Their fan relations and communication are nothing short of abysmal. And here’s the clincher – once you have lost hundreds of long-time subscribers, due to doing so many things poorly, it is somewhere between difficult and impossible to ever get them back. They have long since found other things to do on game days. And, unfortunately, that is the long and the short of it.

  32. North Bay

    The lakers had 2200 for the charity game but the last game was 1300, and always come playoffs with the students leaving the lakers are 1500 I remember when the sky hawks were dominant there was at least 1800 a game but those days are gone when the lakers are done in march the Dudley and playoffs could hit 2000plus the Dudley finals if the trappers are some how in it could be a sell out loving some sort of hockey though seeing as there is no nhl

  33. Randy Russon Post author

    FROM THE NORTH BAY TRAPPERS

    With the holiday weekend fast approaching, many of our players parents, family members, billets and friends are joining us this
    weekend as we play two home games at Memorial Gardens, Friday night starting at 7 pm vs. Kirkland Lake Goldminers and again
    Sunday afternoon beginning at 2 pm vs. Elliot Lake Bobcats. This weekends games are especially important to the Trappers as the
    Canadian Junior Hockey League has recently announced that the Trappers are proudly positioned in Canada’s CJHL top 20 teams
    and are currently ranked as the CJHL’s 12th ranked team throughout the entire country. It is a very exciting time for North Bay
    junior hockey fans and the Trappers as we build on our successes through your support as the Host team of this season’s Central
    Canadian Championships, held here in North Bay, late April, 2013.

    Thank you in advance for all that you do to help make the Central Canadian Championships and the Dudley Hewitt Cup even possible.
    We sincerely appreciate your support. Thankyou

    Our team is having our Thanksgiving ‘Footwedge’ Golf Classic Invitation golf tournament this coming Saturday, at Clarion Resort
    Pinewood Park, http://www.clarionresortpinewoodpark.com, starting at 1 pm as part of our thanksgiving weekend festivities. These
    festivities are filled with good ol’ junior hockey, friends and family and the Trappers extended family members which include billets, sponsors, players, management and parents, giving us all a chance to have some fun and get to know our players and each other
    away from the rink.

    We are inviting you to come out and enjoy a day full of golf and good fun with your North Bay Trappers.

    To reserve your rooms, please call the Clairion Pinewood Resort direct at 705-472-0810, be sure to mention that you are with the Trappers in order to secure your team rate and ask to be placed in the Trappers room block.

    For Golf and Dinner, please email Duran Size at gameday@northbaytrappers.com or call Duran directly at 705-492-7871
    to reserve both your dinner seats and/or your golf reservations. Dinner is $20 per person and Golf and Dinner combined is $60
    per person. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Duran Size at your convenience.

    All are welcome.

    Each Golfer is asked to bring a “secret santa golf prize” that will be given away all in good fun.

    Please let us know at your earliest convenience if you are able to attend and let Duran know how many people
    will be coming with you so we can book the Resort accordingly.

    We look forward to seeing you in the rink this holiday weekend as well as on the course.

    Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday weekend, safe travels !!!!!!!!

    Thank you once again for your support.

    Duran Size
    Director of Community Relations and
    Game Day Operations Manager
    North Bay Trappers Hockey Club

    Office: 705-497-0059
    Cell: 705-492-7871

  34. Sigs_2012

    LeJib,
    Recent (re)posts from Trappers officials exempted, I believe that the club management is trying hard to become ” the team of the people”( my quotes). Call it a hunch based on experienced observation.

    You are correct that once you alienate your customers, it’s very hard to bring them back. The old ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure.
    Undoing many seasons of potential neglect is not accomplished in a day, or even a season.
    I would give the new administration another chance and offer whatever support I could give. The club has some good people in place, and a lot of work to do with not just having a successful season but also the DHC of course.
    This is not the same group of people as the administration under, what did Peachy call him? “The little prick”?

  35. LeJib

    Very well noted Sigs. I certainly haven’t given up on our team, and I know they have better admin in place now than over the past few years. I’ve had several season tickets for about 40 years now, and have seen the tides turn a number of times. However, it will be harder than ever to recapture lost fans now, with the competition of Lakers hockey overlapping most of the season. The Traps would help their cause immensely if they would just start remedying some of the things that have contributed to the decline in attendance. That being said, we’ll stick with the Juniors,’thank you’, and there are no more consistent boosters than my family and I. We’ll keep hoping for the best.

  36. Peachy

    Lil Prik no involv in hockey no more in Nord Bay now he choak his chikken ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  37. Cassio

    Nickel Barons were bound to lose sooner or later still a good crowd of more than 400+ fans – new owner Mike Mooney is doing it right!!

  38. American Eagle

    good for Robby Payne to get his D1 deal with Northern. another former Soo Eagles makes good as RR said it’s him and Doan now to Northern 2 players who developed in the good old “NOJHL” – love the NOJHL still even though I moved over to the NA with the Eagles as fan.

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