After only 33 wins in the last four Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League seasons, the Blind River Beavers took to home ice on April 8th looking to capture their first ever west division championship in franchise history with leading the best of seven series 3 – 1 against the Soo Eagles.
Max Khull found the back of Eagle netminder Kape Phipps 2:21 into the game on a Beaver power play to give Blind River a 1 – 0 lead with Cole Peck and Yianni Liarakos drawing the contributors on Khull’s second of the 2017 post – season. Roman Gaudet sinks the lone goal of the contest for the Eagles at 11:49 with pass from Soo defenseman Carmen Scarfone to even the game 1 – 1. On a Beaver power play at 17:33 of the period, Zak Lambrecht and Cole Peck set up Anthony Bastianello’s first of the play – offs to give the hosts a 2 – 1 lead. With 34 seconds left in the period and on a power play, Max Khull fires a pass to Liarakos for his eighth of the post – season to send Blind River into the first intermission up 3 – 1.
At 6:36 of the middle stanza, Lambrecht registers his fifth of the play – offs to increase the lead to 4 – 1 with Caleb Serre and Mark Bastianello adding the helpers on the Beavers fourth of the game. From the Eagle’s blueline, Cole Peck finds the back of the Soo’s net at 6:45 of the third for Peck’s fourth of the post – season with contributors coming from Khull and Anthony Bastianello. Eagle netminder Kade Phipps stopped 35 of 40 shots while goaltender Aidan Doak turned away 37 of 38 for the Beavers in Blind Rivers 5 – 1 win over the Soo to clinch a position the NOJHL Copeland McNamara Cup Championship series against the Powassan Voodoos.
The 2017 NOJHL Copeland McNamara Cup Championship series schedule will be announced in the coming days.
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