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A championship triumph these Sharks will not soon forget
Randy Pascal
2022-04-06
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Maybe it’s time for a sequel to Miracle on Ice, the movie that captured the improbable gold medal run of Team USA at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

The 2021-2022 Nickel City U13 A Sharks could certainly make a case for their script, given their stunning NOHA Tournament of Champions showing in New Liskeard last weekend.

Certainly, the Sharks were were more than competitive against most of the eight team field, witnessed by day one victories over both the Manitoulin Panthers (2-1) and Kapuskasing Icehawks (4-2) as goaltenders Jacob Beaudet and Amelie Gervais backstopped the locals, facing plenty of rubber along the way.

But as is so often the case in “A” hockey in the north, all it takes is a couple of AA/AAA talents from smaller centres to tip the scales in their favour, with the Sharks dropping a 9-1 decision to the Cochrane Cubs to start day two but bouncing back nicely with a 1-1 tie with the Copper Cliff Reds, enough to earn the team a semi-final berth opposite the undefeated host team, the Temiskaming Shores Puckhounds.

In racking up four straight wins, the Tri-Towns crew had outscored their opponents 29-4, with few folks on hand giving the Sharks much of a chance at all of advancing to play for gold.

But with Beaudet sparkling between the pipes and his teammates providing the necessary offense, Nickel City blanked Temiskaming Shores 3-0, punching their ticket both to the NOHA finals and also to the OHF Championships later this month, with the event set to take place in Cochrane.

The Sharks mounted all of their offense in the third period of play, with Max Jouppi scoring twice and Joseph Leduc adding the other.

Still, the playoff upset understandably drained the Sudbury area crew emotionally, trailing the Cochrane Cubs 3-1 with two minutes to play in the final, with only Carter Ellsworth finding the back of the net for Nickel City.

Cue the inspirational speech by from Herb Brooks of Team USA.

Digging deep, the Sharks somehow managed to pull even on goals from Zachary Arsenault and Evan Ouimet, sending the game to overtime where Max Jouppi buried the game-winning tally, capping off a Cinderella story like few others seen in these parts for quite some time.

The 2021-2022 NOHA Champion Nickel City U13 A Sharks team boasts a roster of Kayden Tonin, Andrew Michaud, Joseph Leduc, Adrian Cecchetto, Jackson Bentley, Jordyn Hampel, Evan Ouimet, Dawson Dumont, Kale St-Onge, Carter Ellsworth, Zachary Arsenault, Lowell Huskinson, Gregory Patrie, Lucas Rocca, Max Jouppi and goaltenders Jacob Beaudet and Amelie Gervais.

The team coaching staff includes Steven Fraser, Andre Leduc, Jake Jouppi, Yves Gervais, Scott Bentley and goalie coach Emily O’Bright.

The Sharks will now join the Cochrane Cubs as well as representatives from the GTHL (Greater Toronto Hockey League), the OMHA (Ontario Minor Hockey Association) and Alliance Hockey (southwestern Ontario), battling it out at the Tim Horton Events Centre on the weekend of April 22nd to the 24th.

Article:
https://www.sudburysports.com/article.php?articleId=10731#.Yk7jxy8r2L3

Game info for Sharks vs Temiskaming Shores Puckhounds:
https://gamesheet.app/seasons/1451/stats/games/225397/box-score?utm_source=post_game&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_game_report&utm_content=view_box_score

Game info for Sharks vs Cochrane Cubs:
https://gamesheet.app/seasons/1451/stats/games/225746/box-score?utm_source=post_game&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_game_report&utm_content=view_box_score

Game Videos:
https://youtu.be/PJ9bnPDv9rY
https://youtu.be/GUPtBzk717g
https://youtu.be/eY3EnpZbim0

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March 31st, 2022
For Immediate Release

Nickel City Hockey Association (NCHA) U12 AA Jr Sons join forces with other U12 teams to raise money for the Canadian Red Cross.

Inspired by the Sudbury Lady Wolves (SLW) U15 A team, Nickel City Hockey Association (NCHA) U12 AA Jr Sons started their own fundraising campaign to raise money for those tragically affected by the catastrophic attacks happening in the Ukraine.

In March at the Tournament of Champions (TOC) held in Timmins, the U12 AA JR Sons challenged other teams in their division to donate money for goals they scored during the tournament. For every goal scored, that team asked their families to donate an amount of their choosing. The money raised went to the Canadian Red Cross and their Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal efforts.

“We have an amazing group of players and families, and this fundraising campaign is proof of that. The players rallied and as a team we were able to raise almost $1200.00! I want to thank the other teams in our division for taking part as well. This just goes to show what our hockey community can do when we come together," said Kevin O’Shaughnessy, Head Coach, U12 AA Jr Sons.

Lennox Therrien, player for the U12 AA Jr Sons adds, “We just wanted to do something to help. When Coach Kevin brought up the idea, we wanted to score as many goals as we could. After the parents gave their donations, most of the players put some of their own money in too.”

The U12 AA division at the TOC raised a total of $2,655.00!

The team encourages other families and teams to donate, if they are able, to their charity of choice.

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Media Contact:

Valerie Villeneuve
Manager, U12 AA Jr Sons
vvilleneuve.ncha@gmail.com
705.280.0783

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The NOHA has approved our plan to consolidate cards with each association hosting age groups as follows:

NCHA – U12AAA, U13AAA, U14AAA
SMHA – U15AAA, U16AAA, U18AAA

Leave of absences are as follows:

NCHA – U15AAA
SMHA – U12AAA, U13AAA, U14AAA

We will be posting coaching applications in the near future and will be collaborating on Coach selection, player evaluations and working together at all levels as needed throughout the season.

We are expecting an increase in the number of AA and/or A teams at the levels where we are dropping to a single AAA team.

Keep an eye on the NCHA and SMHA website for coaching applications!!

Sincerely,

Gaston Lescault & Angela Vendette

The document SMHA_and_NCHA_are_collaborating_on_AAA_for_the_2022.docx was attached to this post.

Team NOHA Roster Announcement: NOHA and GNU18L Announce Roster for OHL Cup

North Bay, ON – March 22, 2022 – The Northern Ontario Hockey Association (NOHA) in conjunction with the Great North U18 League (GNU18L) is pleased to announce the 19 players (2 goaltenders, 6 defensemen, 11 forwards), born in the year 2006 who have been selected to participate at the OHL Cup to be held from March 30 to April 4, 2022 at the Scotiabank Pond in Mississauga.

“On behalf of the NOHA Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate the 19 Players who were selected to represent the NOHA at the upcoming OHL Cup. The OHL Cup is a premier event for OHL Draft-eligible Players and is a tremendous opportunity for Players in the North.”, said NOHA President Sue Shepherdson.

Results from Team NOHA games at the OHL Cup will be available at www.ohlcup.ca and via Twitter @nohahockey

Team NOHA Roster

For more information regarding Team NOHA, please contact Jacob Brown at jbrown@noha-hockey.ca

Press Release – NOHA and GNU18L Announce Roster for OHL Cup