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Canadians Complete Opening Weekend with Shootout Win

The Rayside Balfour Canadians closed out their opening weekend of the NOJHL season with a 1-0 shootout win at home Sunday night.

Jett Leishman scored the winner in the seventh round of the shootout to secure the first win on the season for the Canadians.

Goaltender David Bowen was perfect, stopping all 37 shots in regulation with another 6 saves in overtime. The Unionville, ON native was a perfect 7-for-7 in the shootout to help secure two points for the Canadians.

Sunday’s win was the first on the season for the Canadians after a pair of losses to the Powassan Voodoos.

The Voodoos took game one of the season 3-2 at the Chelmsford Arena Thursday, before defeating the Canadians 11-1 in Powassan on Saturday. Maltais and Smith scored for the Canadians Thursday, with Leishman recording the lone tally Saturday.

Thursday’s home opener was a milestone night for rookies Oliver Smith and Nick DeGrazia, who both recorded their first NOJHL points.

The Canadians will look to piece together back-to-back wins as they host the French River Rapids at home Thursday.

The Rapids will be looking for their first win of the season, opening the season with a pair of losses against Cochrane, and a 4-1 defeat to the Timmins Rock.

Tickets for Thursday’s home opener can be purchased at Chelmsford Arena prior to the game.

Admission for adults is $12, seniors $10, and free for youth under 7.

Season tickets for the 2019-20 Canadians season can be purchased at the door during any Canadians home game or by contacting

Jett Leishman (27) shoots on Soo Eagles goaltender Shane Brancato (29) in the seventh round of the shootout Sunday evening.