Powassan Voodoo Tyson Gilmour isn’t impacted by his famous last name

POWASSAN — Having a father who’s an NHL Hall-of-Famer, Stanley Cup champion, and current OHL general manager can usually bring a ton of lofty expectations. For Tyson Gilmour, son of Toronto Maple Leaf legend Doug Gilmour, his famous last name hasn’t been an issue. Continue reading “Powassan Voodoo Tyson Gilmour isn’t impacted by his famous last name”

Powassan Voodoos extend win streak to 21 games

POWASSAN – A slow start and an early first period deficit wasn’t enough to snap the Powassan Voodoos 20 game-winning streak on Monday night. After falling behind 2-0 in the game’s five first minutes the Voodoos notched five unanswered goals and coasted to a 5-2 victory over Kirkland Lake, extending their winning streak to 21. “We came out flat … and they were coming quick,” … Continue reading Powassan Voodoos extend win streak to 21 games

Pasichnuk ranked 115 heading into 2016 NHL draft

Bonnyville native Brinson Pasichnuk is ranked 115 in the final NHL Central Scouting draft rankings ahead of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo.

The 18-year-old Bonnyville Jr. A Pontiacs defenceman jumped 32 spots after being placed 147 on the mid-season watch list back in November.

“I was a bit surprised. In talking to the local central scout he thought I would maybe jump up a bit or not even move, so when I went up 32 spots I was pretty happy,” said Pasichnuk.

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Sr. Pontiacs, North Stars tied in battle for NCHL title

After a shocking 7-4 loss in Game 1, the Bonnyville Sr. Pontiacs bounced back with a 6-3 Game 2 victory to even their series with the Daysland North Stars at one game apiece.

“Good teams need to know how to lose. In the end I think it will be a positive for us,” said coach Neil Langride, after the Pontiacs suffered their first loss since Oct. 17. “I think it was a wakeup call for us. We realize the Bonnyville Pontiacs are not going to be getting by the Daysland North Stars with ease.”

Daysland came into the RJ Lalonde Arena on Saturday night and stunned the hometown Pontiacs, erasing a 4-2 third period deficit with five goals in just 12:16.

Mitchell Gartner snuck a point shot past Bonnyville goaltender Josh Paul 5:45 into the third, before Tanner Erickson found the back of the net at 12:04. Scott Aucoin, the North Central Hockey League’s playoff points leader, snapped his fourth goal of the postseason home just 1:21 later to give the Stars their first lead of the game. Three minutes after that Derek Wolbeck caught the Pontiacs pinching for the equalizer and was able to find a wide-open Zachary Soprovich, who broke in alone and slid a backhand five-hole on Paul. An empty net goal by Brad Trautman with 1:59 capped off a 7-4 Daysland victory.

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Bonnyville native Justin Fontaine plays final game at Rexall Place

New lines mates, a mid-season coaching change and playing outdoors are just some of the challenges Justin Fontaine has experienced during his third season in the National Hockey League.

Fontaine, who was born and raised in Bonnyville and spent three seasons as a member of the Jr. A Pontiacs, is in the midst of his third professional season with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.

On Sunday the 28-year-old right-winger took the ice at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN for an outdoor game against the rival Chicago Blackhawks.

The Bonnyville native sent line mate Ryan Carter in on a break away with a nice pass from the right wing, which lead to Matt Dumba’s goal at 3:25 of the first period. The goal kicked off an impressive performance from the Wild in a 6-1 win over the Blackhawks. The assist was Fontaine’s lone point in his first professional outdoor game, to go along with two shots on goal and two shot blocks over the course of 13:31 worth of ice time.

While it was the first time the Bonnyville product had played a meaningful game outdoors, he wasn’t unfamiliar to the idea of outdoor hockey.

“We always would get buddies together to go outside and play,” said Fontaine, referring to the times as a teenager he carved up outdoor rinks in and around Bonnyville. “You are out there hour after hour. It is where you worked on all of your skills growing up.”

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