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NOJHL has presence among CJHL elite

NORTHERN ONTARIO JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
MEDIA UPDATE

Release Date: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

NOJHL has presence among CJHL elite

SUDBURY – A number of Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League teams and players are statistically among the elite in the 128-team Canadian Junior Hockey League as their numbers would indicate.

WINNING PERCENTAGE: The NOJHL currently boasts two clubs in the top 10 in the CJHL in winning percentage.

With a .840 win mark, the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners enter play this week fourth nationally while the Soo Thunderbirds sit tied for seventh at .815.

The following is the list of the top 10 CJHL clubs in terms of winning percentage.

RANK TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T OT/SL PTS WIN%
1 Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL 22 19 1 0 2 40 .909
2 Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL 27 23 2 0 2 48 .889
3 Saint-Jerome Panthers LHJAAAQ 24 21 3 0 2 44 .846
4 Kirkland Lake Gold Miners NOJHL 25 20 3 0 2 42 .840
5 Carleton Place Canadians CCHL 33 27 5 0 1 55 .833
6 Granby Inouk LHJAAAQ 25 20 4 0 1 41 .820
T-7 Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL 27 21 4 0 2 51 .815
T-7 Sherbrooke Cougars LHJAAAQ 27 21 4 0 2 44 .815
9 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 29 23 5 0 1 47 .810
10 Powell River Kings BCHL 25 19 4 1 1 40 .800

SOO STOPPERS: The Soo Thunderbirds netminding tandem of Joel Horodziejczyk are both presently in the top 15 in the CJHL in goals-against average.

Horodziejczyk’s 1.67 GAA is the third best nationally among those goaltenders who have seen at least 480 minutes of game time so far in the 2013-14 campaign.

Teammate Brian Kment is tied for 11th in the CJHL with an average of 2.13.

The following are the top 15 in the CJHL in goals-against average:

CJHL Top goals-against average leaders (2.25 or less) as of Nov.26/13        
Minimum 480 minutes played.
        
RANK GOALTENDER TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T OT/SL AVG SV% SO
1 Jesse Gordichuk Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL 8 8 0 0 0 1.13 .961 3
2 Ryland Pashovitz Humboldt Broncos SJHL 8 6 0 0 1 1.34 .956 3
3 Joel Horodziejczyk Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL 15 13 2 0 0 1.67 .936 2
T-4 Jeff Smith Powell River Kings BCHL 10 9 1 0 0 1.68 .941 3
T-4 Nicholas Deery Steinbach Pistons MJHL 13 10 3 0 0 1.68 .944 3
6 Tanner Jaillet Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL 19 15 2 2 0 1.87 .937 3
7 Kale Thomson Yorkton Terriers SJHL 20 13 5 0 2 1.93 .932 1
8 Tanner McCorriston Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 8 7 1 0 0 1.99 .912 0
9 Devin Buffalo Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 17 8 9 0 0 2.07 .946 2
10 Andy Munroe Aurora Tigers OJHL 14 7 4 0 3 2.11 .923 1
T-11 Jordan Cartney Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL 14 11 1 0 1 2.13 .924 1
T-11 Brian Kment Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL 12 8 4 0 0 2.13 .905 0
T-13 Hunter Miska Penticton Vees BCHL 13 7 5 1 0 2.14 .921 1
T-13 Zac Robidoux Portage Terriers MJHL 12 7 4 0 0 2.14 .922 1
15 Braeden Ostepchuk Selkirk Steelers MJHL 21 16 5 0 0 2.15 .930 2

Meanwhile Horodziejczyk is also in the top 10 in save percentage across the country among those netminders with 480 or more minutes of game action to their credit.

The following are the top CJHL save percentage leaders:

CJHL Top save percentage leaders (.930 or higher) as of Nov.26/13        
Minimum 480 minutes played.
         
RANK GOALTENDER TEAM LEAGUE GP W L T OT/SL AVG SV% SO
1 Jesse Gordichuk Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL 8 8 0 0 0 1.13 .961 3
2 Ryland Pashovitz Humboldt Broncos SJHL 8 6 0 0 1 1.34 .956 3
3 Devin Buffalo Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 17 8 9 0 0 2.07 .946 2
4 Jeff Smith Powell River Kings BCHL 10 9 1 0 0 1.68 .941 3
5 Jack Romaniuk Melfort Mustangs SJHL 10 4 3 0 2 2.27 .938 1
6 Tanner Jaillet Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL 19 15 2 2 0 1.87 .937 3
7 Joel Horodziejczyk Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL 15 13 2 0 0 1.67 .936 2
8 Lucas Machalski Wellington Dukes OJHL 13 9 3 0 1 2.29 .934 1
9 Blade Mann-Dixon Valley Jr. A Wildcats MHL 16 7 5 0 1 2.25 .933 2
10 Kale Thomson Yorkton Terriers SJHL 20 13 5 0 2 1.93 .932 1

TOP SCORERS: Offensively the Espanola Rivermen are one of three teams across the CJHL to boast three players among the top five point producers in their respective leagues.

Brennen Dubchak, Corbin Bean and Brandon Janke are the trio that rank among the leading scorers in the NOJHL sitting first, tied for second and fourth respectively.

The Dieppe Commnados (MHL) and the Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) make-up the other two teams with skaters in the top five scorers in their leagues.

Listed below are the statistics of each player.

PLAYER TEAM LEAGUE GP G A PTS RANK IN LEAGUE  
Brennen Dubchak Espanola Rivermen NOJHL 27 20 24 44 1st  
Corbin Bean Espanola Rivermen NOJHL 26 18 24 42 T-2nd  
Brandon Janke Espanola Rivermen NOJHL 27 18 23 41 4th  

Thierry Comtois Dieppe Commandos MHL 22 9 23 32 1st  
Shane Dallaire Dieppe Commandos MHL 22 11 16 27 T-3rd  
Ryan Langan Dieppe Commandos MHL 22 9 16 25 T-5th  
Lucas Debenedet Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL 22 20 20 40 1st  
Mason Meyer Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL 22 14 19 33 T-2nd  
Lyndon Lipinski Fort Frances Lakers SIJHL 22 11 20 31 5th  

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