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May 10th vs. Miramichi Timberwolves – Game Preview

By Ty Brooks

The Oakville Blades will step onto the ice at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex for the first time since they finished their OJHL postseason run on March 29th, this time to begin their CJHL postseason. In what will be the be the first time since 2019 for Blades hockey to be played in the month of May, they’ll first square off against the Maritime Hockey League (MHL) champions, the Miramichi Timberwolves.

Miramichi, a small town in eastern New Brunswick, was the team that reigned supreme over the rest of the MHL, a 12-team league that spans across New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. They finished as the 4th seed in the regular season but knocked off seeds #3, #2, and #1 (in that order) as part of a 12-1-2 run that saw them capture the Metalfab MHL Cup and book their ticket to the Centennial Cup.

It’s not hard to see why Miramichi was so potent in their playoffs; they have a long list of players who have played Major Junior Hockey (QMJHL) and have brought that experience to the MHL squad. The team had 4 players (all now committed to USports schools) who hummed at or above a point per game in the regular season and playoffs, each having played QMJHL hockey, to the tune of 400+ games combined. That will make any team dangerous.

Fortunately, Miramichi played on the first day of the Centennial Cup versus the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL. This gave the Blades staff and players a chance to watch the team and do some pre-scouting to see what this team is all about. On another good note, the Melfort Mustangs won, which surely will impact the confidence of the Timberwolves going into their second game of a back-to-back against the Blades.

The Oakville Blades had their OJHL postseason cut short and have spent the whole first day of the tournament watching other teams in their group play each other. This team is ready to go. After a little bit of time off, the team went back to practicing and is now fully healthy and ready to compete and play meaningful hockey. Without a doubt, the multiple players on this team who have made long Jr. A playoff runs and even Centennial Cup runs are going to lead this team out of the gate.

So, ladies and gentlemen, on May 10th at 7:30 PM vs. the Miramichi Timberwolves, be there to support this team because it’s not every day that your team is competing for a national championship right in your backyard! Go Blades Go!

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