Sturgeon Falls Ontario- The Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks hit a season high milestone tonight by earning their 3rd straight victory over the Haliburton Wolves by a convincing 10-3 score. The Lumberjacks got rolling early and often, and road back to back starts by goaltender Ted Bunton who was solid turning away 42 of 45 Haliburton Shots. 11 Lumberjacks found the score sheet for points on the evening, Matt Verreault finished 5 points, Connor Lamothe finished with 5 points, and Aaron Sullivan finished with 3 assists. The Jacks Assistant coach had this to say at the end of the game.
Our Team is starting to find its identity, we know what we have in this room and the boys know what they can give game in and game out, for us it’s about getting better every day, and the boys now know what we have to work on and why we have to work on it to be successful at the Junior level, we have a tough test tomorrow and it will be a good measuring stick on where we need to get better, but at the end of the day we got 2 points and are having fun winning.
The Lumberjacks face the 1st place Temiscaming titans Saturday January 16 with a 7:30pm start time.
Ice Chips: The Lumberjacks have scored 30 goals in the past 3 games, All-star Defenseman Roman Muratov was a late scratch to serve his first game of a 3 game league reviewed suspension, Alexander Kolaric is expected back from the World Juniors January 25th.
Sturgeon Falls Ontario-Finishing the year 0-2 might seem like something not to be proud of but the Sturgeon Falls Lumberjacks are looking at plenty of positives going into the 2016 part of the season. There were many hurtles that faced the team in 2015 but the leadership of Captain Aaron Sullivan and the addition of a few new players have the Jacks looking to make a final push in 2016. A trip to the powerful South Muskoka Shield resulted in a 3-1 loss, however the team took more away then just disappointment in that loss, besides goaltender Stefan Wallach earning 1st star honors the team played with only 13 skaters due to injuries and rescheduled Canadian University exams as a short bench excuse, the Jack s played a heroic game, the Jacks followed up with a 7-5 loss to the second place Almaguin Spartans with the same amount of skaters, again a Jacks goalie took 2nd start honors and the team showed some solid heart. Head coach Lui Ricci had this to say about closing out 2015.
“Our boys now know what it takes to play in the GMHL, our team had to face some challenges to start the year, we did not see home ice for more than a month, out team was changing quite a bit, and our boys had to settle in. With that being said 2016 looks bright, everyone is expected to return healthy and we expect to be a much different hockey club in 2016.”
Highlights to end the year include the following top 5 list.
1. Addition of Brady Cloutier
Cloutier was a top scorer in the NOJHL and is currently a paramedic in the area and is happy to play for the Jacks in the 2016 part of the season. Cloutier has 8 points in 4 games with the Jacks so far this season.
2. Goaltending looking up
The Jacks have had 2 of there 3 goaltenders in the 3 stars the last two games and the Jacks will need them to continue their strong play into the final half of the season, The Jacks feel Confident with Ben Blana, Ten Bunton, and Stefan Wallach.
The Fans have been very load and proud the last few games and will be relied upon to keep the Jacks motivated in 2016.
4. Epilepsy Night
Helping Noah was a great moment for the Jacks, something the players will never forget.
5. Kids 12 and Under Free
For the Remainder of the regular season schedule kids 12 AND under when accompanied by a adult will get in free to every Jacks home game.
The Jacks also want to wish Alexander Kolaric good luck in his home Country of Serbia at the 2B World Junior Championships! We look forward to seeing all of our loyal fans in 2016! The Puck Drops January 9th at 7:30pm vs the Spartans! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sturgeon Falls Ontario- Noah Scott has never been to a hockey game in his entire 9 years of life. Noah has epilepsy a disorder that can cause frequent seizers, illness, and even heart attack in youth under 14. Noah was not well at the beginning of the year being air lifted to sick kids in Toronto twice, however with good care and love Noah is doing better these days and was well enough to take in a Lumberjacks game, in which the night was dedicated to him. The largest crowd of the season greeted Noah with loads cheers as his walked out on to the ice and dropped the puck to opponents Aaron Sullivan and Ryder Murray from the Temiscaming Titans. It was Noahs first hockey game, and a memorable one at that. The Lumberjacks wore special jerseys for Noah and had them auctioned off at the end of the game with all proceeds going to the Scott Family. It will help the family purchase anything to assist Noah in his daily life.
All Team jerseys went, and the funds raised were donated to Noahs family.
On the Ice the game carried a playoff like atmosphere with the play going back and forth, Temiscaming Titans goalie Patrick Kunsarik made some spectacular saves to keep his team in it, Scott Marshall was a one man wrecking crew for the Titians as he registered 4 goals and 1 assist. The Jacks Brady Cloutier found the net twice while Roman Murotov who leads all Jacks Defenseman in points fired home a rocket late in the game to make it 4-3, with the dyeing minutes on the clock the Jacks pulled there goalie but after some big saves from the Titans goalie, they sealed there victory to make it a 6-3 final with two empty net goals. After the game the team was not happy with the result on the ice but were very happy with the results for Noah off it. All players joined fans in the lobby and signed autographs and handed over their jerseys, Lumberjacks player Matthew Verreault had this to say after the game.
“ We would have liked the win against a team like that, I don’t think the score is a fair example of how close the game was, but after being disappointed the fans were great to us and I am glad we could help this little boy Noah, my father suffered from epilepsy when he was younger and he was here tonight to show his support along with my family, it’s nice that we could do something special for this kid, I will remember this night for a long time.”
Matthew and his family donated two game worn jerseys with all players’ autographs on it to the Scott family, Next up for the Lumberjacks is a game Friday December 18th on the road against the South Muskoka Shield, with a return home game Saturday December 19th against the Almaguin Spartans.
ICE CHIPS: Tyler Freed was at the game but could not play due to a concussion, Shots on goal finished 47-38 for the Titans.
Sturgeon Falls Ontario- The Lumberjacks took one on the chin Friday night to the visiting Parry Sound Islanders losing 8-3 in a very rough affair. The game started out even with both teams registering 15 shots in the first 20 minutes, Stephan Pallos scored his 3rd of the year in the opening period however the jacks found themselves down 3-1. The second turned ugly with Parry Sounds agitators clearly getting under the skin of the Lumberjacks creating many power play opportunities and the Islanders made sure they capitalized scoring 3 more goals to take a 6-1 lead after 40 minutes, The Jacks would come out firing in the third as Aaron Sullivan and Ben Miller both lit the lamp but it was too little too late as the Islander would get two more late and cruise to a 8-3 victory. The Jacks next game is Saturday night vs the Temiscaming Titans in the biggest fundraiser of the year for epilepsy awareness. Puck drop is 7:30pm
ICE CHIPS: Shots on goal finished 67-51 for the Islanders, Tyler Freed was assessed a game misconduct in the final period, The Jacks were hit with 12 infractions while the islanders were handed 6. The Islanders are now on a 7 game winning streak. The season series ended with Jacks winning 3-1-0
GET OUT TO THE RINK
Fans remember Saturday night is epilepsy awareness night and we want to pack the rink, please make sure you get out to the rink with family and friends in support of this great cause. Remember you don’t need to be a hockey fan to come out to the rink and help out. SEE YOU TONIGHT!
Sturgeon Falls Ontario- FANS! Let’s Pack the Rink on December 12th 2015 in support of Noah Scott who battles Epilepsy every day. The Jacks want to give back by not only helping Noah, but for everyone fighting the disease. Fans the night includes.
· 50% Donated Ticket Sales “Let’s get 500 People!”
· Silent Auction for game worn jerseys “All proceeds go to the cause”
· Player Autograph session after the game
This is a great opportunity to come out for a night at the rink and support a great cause, you don’t need to be a hockey fan, just get out to the Rink and lets build awareness together!
Puck Drop is 7:30pm Warm up is 7:00pm
See you at the rink West Nipissing