Tuesday, August 20, 2013

NOJHL Notebook: Preseason schedule announced

Press Release

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Sunday its preseason schedule heading into the 2013-14 campaign.

Exhibition action gets underway Aug. 24 as the Abitibi Eskimos host the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners at Jus Jordan Arena in Iroquois Falls in the first of a weekend home-and-home between the two sides.
Their second meeting goes the following evening with the Joe Mavrinac Community Complex serving as the venue. Both contests will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 25 will also feature some inter-league play as the North Bay Trappers head to the Ottawa Valley to take on the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL in a 4 p.m. matinee.

The next night, Aug. 26, preseason play resumes as the Sudbury Nickel Barons take on the Elliot Lake Bobcats in a contest that will be staged at Walden Arena at 7 p.m.

From there the remaining nine NOJHL preseason games will be part of the first annual Cottage Cup in Elliot Lake that runs from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.

This event will be held at Centennial Arena in Elliot Lake and will feature the host Bobcats along with the Blind River Beavers, North Bay and the Soo Thunderbirds vying for the Cottage Cup crown.

The following is the NOJHL preseason schedule:

Saturday, Aug. 24 
Kirkland Lake @ Abitibi 7:30 p.m. (Jus Jordan)
Sunday, Aug. 25 
North Bay @ Pembroke (CCHL) 4 p.m. (Pembroke Community Centre)
Abitibi @ Kirkland Lake 7:30 p.m. (Joe Mavrinac)
Monday, Aug. 26 
Elliot Lake @ Sudbury 7 p.m. (Walden)
Friday, Aug. 30* 
North Bay vs. Soo 5 p.m. (Centennial)
Blind River vs. Elliot Lake 7:30 p.m. (Centennial)
Saturday, Aug. 31* 
Blind River vs. North Bay 10 a.m. (Centennial)
Soo vs. Elliot Lake 12:30 p.m. (Centennial)
Blind River vs. Soo 5 p.m. (Centennial)
Elliot Lake vs. North Bay 7:30 p.m. (Centennial)
Sunday, Sept. 1*
Cottage Cup Semifinal A:
4th Round Robin vs. 1st Round Robin 10 a.m. (Centennial)
Cottage Cup Semifinal B: 3rd Round Robin vs. 2nd Round Robin 12:30 p.m. (Centennial)
Cottage Cup Final: Semifinal Winners 4 p.m. (Centennial)
* - Elliot Lake Cottage Cup (All games at Centennial Arena)

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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