Nickel Barons swept in Round 2
After advancing through the first round of the NOJHL playoffs with a seven-game affair with the Elliot Lake Bobcats, the Sudbury Nickel Barons were swept in four straight games to the Soo Thunderbirds in the semifinal round.
The Barons finished third overall in the regular season with a record of 29-18-0-1, with a number of team members earning league-wide accolades.
Centre Darcy Haines was named to the first all-star team. The 19-year-old led the NOJHL skaters in goals through the regular season with 39, finished second in league scoring with 81 points and his 10 power play tallies was the third most in the NOJHL.
Haines was also named the league’s Most Valuable Player, making it two consecutive years a Sudbury player has claimed the title (the Sudbury Cubs’ Jordan Carroll won the award last year).
Right-winger Sebastien Leroux, who was also named to the first all-star team, was an offensive force for the Nickel Barons, leading both Sudbury and the league in total points with 81. He also led the league in point-per-game average at 1.86. He was crowned the NOJHL scoring champion, marking the second consecutive season and sixth in the past decade a Sudbury player has finished as the leading overall point producer.
Coach Dave Clancy was named to the second all-star team, while trainer Mario Laino was recognized for his efforts and dedication with a spot on the first all-star team.