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Mully: There's a lot of local action on the ice for play-off season

Plus, Mully muses about the time they showcased their cycling skills in Timmins
Timmins MPP George Pirie, left, and Carlo Cattarello Arena (The Barn) manager Burt St. Amour.

Lots to tell you about this week locally. 

I'm glad to see the Rock get back to normal with a 7-1 pasting of Powassan. The score was a little misleading as to the game that was played, but the result puts Timmins back in the driver's seat.

The Majors will be playing the Waterloo Wolves about the time this comes out in game two at the OHF Centrals in the Soo. The Majors will look to bounce back after suffering a 9-0 loss to Vaughn. It's early and the team can adjust and be in the thick of things for a playoff spot.

The host Soo Greyhounds dropped their opening game 5-2 to Waterloo and will take on Ottawa tonight.

At the recent OHL Cup Team NOHA finished third in the Lindros Division with a 2-2 record.

Five hundred at the World's best U16 tournament is no small feat. Good job by all the staff and players. Timmins Majors U18 player Edan Etheridge had two assists in four games and a strong showing overall.

Oakville defeated Vaughn to win the event. Twenty teams competed for the championship.

The NOHA recently announced the roster for Team NOHA that will attend the U14 OHL Cup to be held in Kingston April 19-21. Three players from the Majors U15 team — Ryder Hooey, Matti Farmer and Tanner Adams — were selected for the team.

The high-powered Timmins North Stars U13AA team won the NOHA championship this past weekend with a thrilling 3-2 win versus the Soo. Timmins and the Soo both qualify for this weekend's All-Ontario being hosted by Timmins.

Meanwhile, in South Porcupine, two area teams found themselves in the semi-finals of the NOHA U18 A championships. After a round-robin full of excitement the Porcupine Gold Kings lost a heartbreaker to the New Liskeard Lions 3-2 in one semi, while the Timmins Flyers edged Powassan 3-2 in the other. 

The Lions would come out on top 4-1 over the Flyers in the gold medal game. 

Congrats to all the team who participated in this top-notch tourney. 

And a huge congrats to Burt and his hard-working arena association on securing funding for arena upgrades. A super good news story for the local hockey community and a model of what diligence and commitment can attain.

SEE: NOHFC, mining companies step up for upgrades at The Barn

Wait .... there's more! The Timmins Falcons are sending four clubs to the OWHA provincial championships in the GTA this week. 

There will be 652 teams (yes 652) across a wide swath of ages and categories playing in 17 different arenas.

Marty Belanger and Jeff Rimmer will lead their U18A club at the playdowns and Shawn Hamelin will guide his U18 Kiwanis in their pursuit of a championship.

The U15A GFL Falcons and their coach Dave Dickson, as well as coach Kevin Clement and his U11 club, will be at the event contesting for a medal as well.

The women's provincials are always more than just a championship. It is a celebration and a festival.

The Falcons have released their tryout schedules for their 2024-25 teams to be held starting April 17 at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex. More details are available here or by emailing [email protected].

You know how a few columns back, I reminisced about media coverage and packed arenas for juvenile and midget hockey? Ah, the adoration, the glory.

This past weekend I read an article where the results of a cycling race as part of Timmins Summerfest were published.

At that time myself, John Marcassa, Peter Villa and Mike Mascioli were all racing at the competitive levels of cycling in Ontario. And probably the biggest area of cycling was Sudbury. We had competed in several events where large crowds cheered on the racers. So I was jacked for a local race in my hometown (along with the other local racers I'm sure). It was a chance to showcase our racing skills in front of our local fans. This was the headline of the article: Three spectators greet winners of bicycle race.

Later skater.

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