Powassan powers past French River in NOJHL preseason play



Release Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Powassan powers past French River in NOJHL preseason play

POWASSAN, Ont. – The Powassan Voodoos got a pair of goals from both Tyler Gervais-Rolfe and Jack Drinkwalter while rookie Tyson Gilmour scored once and set-up two others to help power them past the French River Rapids by a 9-1 count in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League exhibition action Wednesday afternoon at the Powassan Sportsplex.

The Voodoos grabbed a 2-1 lead after one period of play getting markers from Gervais-Rolfe and Eric McIntyre while Ian Robbie countered for French River.

Powassan broke the game open in the middle session striking for four unanswered tallies to take a 6-1 cushion through 40 minutes of play.

Gabriel Rheault, Gervais-Rolfe, Drinkwalter and Ryan Bazzana supplied the efforts in the frame for the Voodoos.

The home side then finished off the one-side affair by tacking on three more in the third to round out the scoring with Jacob Elred, Drinkwalter and Dayton Murray all finding the back of the net.

Owen Liskiwicz started in net for Powassan and picked up the win between the pipes.

Scott Adams and Al Rogers both saw time in goal for the Rapids in defeat.

There will be four NOJHL preseason contests on the docket Thursday, including two to kick off the Polar Bear Classic tournament in Cochrane.

That five-team tourney begins at 6 p.m. at the Tim Horton Event Centre as the Espanola Express meet the Iroquois Falls Eskis while the host Cochrane Crunch take on the Kingston Voyageurs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League at 8:30 p.m.

Also included will be opening ceremonies for the Polar Bear Classic prior to the Cochrane – Kingston contest which will feature a special presentation made by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment where a banner recognizing legendary Toronto Maple Leafs icon Tim Horton will be raised to the rafters of the venue that is named in his honour.

MLSE will also be making a presentation to the community of Cochrane at that time.

Other league exhibition action has Powassan and French River squaring off Noelville Arena while the Elliot Lake Wildcats entertain the Blind River Beavers in a pair of 7:30 p.m. starts.