The Collingwood Blues are the 2022-23 champions of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
The Blues won 2-1 over the Trenton Golden Hawks in overtime tonight in front of 1,178 fans in Collingwood to win their best-of-seven Nutrafarms Championship Series in five games.
It was the third straight game of the series that went to overtime.
They’ll open the tournament May 11 against the Manitoba league champions. Steinbach leads Virden 3-1 in the Manitoba final.
Collingwood goalie Noah Pak was named the OJHL playoff MVP.
The Blues, the North-West Conference regular season champions, went 16-2 during the OJHL playoffs while winning four series. The Yale-bound Pak played every minute of those 18 games, while sporting a .947 save percentage and a 1.37 goals-against average.
Mark McIntosh scored both goals for the Blues, including the winner 2:53 into O.T.
Lucas Robinson had given Trenton a 1-0 lead at 15:40 of the first.
Shots on goal favoured Collingwod 27-24.