Cochrane Crunch off to NOJHL final



Release Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cochrane Crunch off to NOJHL final

POWASSAN – The first-year Cochrane Crunch are off to the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League final.

Cochrane earned their way to the NOJHL championship series after defeating the Powassan Voodoos 7-4 Wednesday evening in Game 4 of their East Division final at the Powassan Sportsplex to take that best-of-seven affair in four straight contests.

The Crunch will now meet the winner of the West Division final between the Soo Thunderbirds and Elliot Lake Wildcats, which Sault Ste. Marie currently leads 3-1 heading into Game 5 in that best-of-seven Saturday at Essar Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Dustin Cordeiro had another big night offensively for the Crunch, notching a hat trick as the Cochrane forward extended his NOJHL-playoff leading point total to 20.

The visitors got off to a quick start grabbing an early 2-0 lead on markers by Daniel Stagg and Cordeiro.

Michael Silveri put Powassan on the board 11:40 into the contest to make it a 2-1 game after one period of play.

Cochrane took control in the middle frame scoring four times to go up 6-1 after the middle stanza.

After Henry Berger had one shorthanded, the Crunch added even strength efforts from Cordeiro and a pair by Dylan Sakatch to add to their cushion.

Battling back, the Voodoos picked up two power play markers from Silveri, to give him three tallies on the night and make it 6-3.

Cordeiro countered however just over a minute later to put the visitors up by four.

Jake Staples added one late for the Voodoos to round out the scoring on the night.

Cody Gratton and Jason Berube had two assists each for the Crunch while Steve Harland had three helpers and Staples two for Powassan.

Brett Young made 32 saves to record his league-leading eighth playoff win for Cochrane.

Colton Point started for the Voodoos and allowed five against on 19 shots in suffering the loss while Jack Ondrovic stopped 11 of 13 in relief.

NOJHL East Division final
Cochrane Crunch vs. Powassan Voodoos
Crunch wins best-of-seven series 4-0
Game 1: Cochrane 7 Powassan 4
Game 2: Cochrane 6 Powassan 2
Game 3: Cochrane 10 Powassan 3
Game 4: Cochrane 7 Powassan 4