Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Indians await second-round NOJHL opponent

They've had their rest and have been working hard at practice and now the Soo Indians are looking forward to the second round of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League playoffs.

Finishing in first place during the NOJHL regular season earned the Indians a first-round bye.

"We took a few days off (after clinching first place by winning their regular-season finale on March 10) but since then we've been busy doing dryland and practicing to get ready for the next round of the playoffs," noted Indians' head coach Kevin Cain.

"We're looking forward to getting back in action."

With the first round of the playoffs still ongoing, the Indians will begin a semi-final series on Saturday night at Big Bear Arena against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

"We had some bumps and bruises that have healed and the only question mark is Nick Novak," Cain said of his defenseman who broke his hand in a game three weeks ago.

Looking ahead to the semi-finals, Cain said he's expecting "nothing less than a battle, regardless of who we face. You know the league, you know how tough and tight it's been all season. We don't have a weak team in this league."

Cain took over the Indians with 20 games left in the regular season and led the team to a 14-6 record, including a 9-2 finish. Despite placing first, the affable head coach noted that "since I came on board, we haven't had an easy game. Not one."

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