The Cochrane Crunch has delayed its first game of the NOJHL season, because it won’t have ice at the Tim Horton Event Centre for a couple more weeks. Sophomore owner-coach-general manager Tom Nickolau says the team will be in town next Tuesday, September 7th, hoping to have ice by the 13th.
The scheduled home opener on the 17th is postponed until January, so the actual home opener comes a week later.
“So we start on the 24th,” Nickolau confirms, “(it) gives us a little more of a fighting chance of getting ready before we start. So we’ve not been out as a team as of yet.”
“I’m just waiting to get down there, get the players up there, then to get started. It’ll be almost a brand new team, but better skilled team.”
The home opener on September 24th is against Powassan. Nickolau says as many spectators as can fill half the arena’s capacity will be allowed. Everyone has to be double vaccinated.