On April 20th, the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Copeland McNamara Cup series came to Blind River for the first time in Blind River Beavers franchise history when the Beavers hosted the Powassan Voodoos in the championship series. The Voodoos came into Blind River holding a 2 – 0 lead in the best of seven series over the Beavers.
Defenseman Noah Medalsy sent a pass to Beaver Tristen Bernard at 8:47 of the opening period to give Blind River a 1 – 0 lead on Bernard’s first of the post – season. With the Voodoos on a power play, Powassan’s Andy Baker find the back of Beaver goaltender Aidan Doak’s net to even the game 1 – 1 at the 13:43 mark of the first. Tyson Gilmour and Gary Mantz had the contributors on Baker’s fifth of the play – offs. 2:31 into the middle stanza, Dylan D’Agostino gives the visitors a 2 – 1 lead with BO Peltier adding the helper on D’Agostino’s second of the post – season. With an unassisted goal on his first of the play – offs, Justin Schebel brings the Voodoos lead to 3 – 1 with Powassan’s third of the contest at 8:54 of the second.
Gary Mantz increases the Voodoos lead to 4 – 1 at 8:27 of the third with contributors from Eric Nagy and Rhys Brown on Mantz’s tenth of the play – offs. With their second unassisted goal of the contest, Shane Beaulieu adds to the Voodoos lead at 9:36 of the period to bring the score to 5 – 1. Parker Bowman finds the back of the Beavers net for the Voodoos sixth of the game at 14:46 on a Powassan unassisted goal for his 11th of the play – offs. Beaver goaltender Aidan Doak stopped 23 of 29 shots while Voodoos netminder Nate McDonald turned away 25 of 26 shots in Powassan’s 6 – 1 win over Blind River.
Beaver coach Kyle Brick told the Junior Hockey Network that “we got out worked tonight, it was frustrating for the players and I’m sure the fans were as well. We need to bring it for a full sixty tomorrow if we want any chance of forcing a game five. I have to give them credit, they didn’t stop.”
“I thought Gary did a good job of playing both ends of the ice. He did a great job on the PP. he also scored a big goal to put the game out of reach. Tomorrow we have to play like we did in the last forty minutes of tonight’s game. Play a simple game use our speed and keep wearing them down” said Voodoos coach Scott Wray.
Game four will take place on April 21st in Blind River when the Beavers and Voodoos hit the ice in 7:00 p.m with Powassan up 3 – 0 in the series.