The North Bay Battalion play their last game before the Christmas break tonight at home against London.

Head coach Ryan Oulahen says they’ve had better starts in the last three games and their goal every night is to outwork their opponent.

“The goal is to have a little bit more compete and to take pride in the puck. When you get it, manage it and when you don’t have it work like buggers to get it back. That’s the biggest thing we’re trying to do,” he says.

Oulahen says with no training camp since taking over they’re not trying to complicate things for the players.

He says it’s important the team heads off on the Christmas break with a good effort.

“I’ve been there as a player. And the first thing that happens over the holidays at a family dinner is that everyone asks about the hockey team and how things are going and it’s a lot easier to answer those questions after a good result on Thursday,” he says.

Broadcast time tonight on Country 600 CKAT IS 6:50 pm.

Tonight is also the annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

Fans are eager to throw a new or gently used plush toy, wrapped in plastic, onto the ice after the Troops’ first goal.

Giant Tiger will provide a limited number of stuffed toys for purchase in the concourse, and proceeds will be donated to the North Bay Santa Fund on behalf of Battalion fans.

Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images.


In the NOJHL, four different Voodoos scored as Powassan defeated French River 4-1 Wednesday night.

The Voodoos travel to Elliot Lake tomorrow night to play their last game until the new year.

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