Rock, Lumberjacks open series Friday

The NOJHL has announced the dates for the best-of-seven East Division semifinal series between the Timmins Rock and the the Hearst Lumberjacks.

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Having finished atop the East Division standings, the Lumberjacks (33-16-6-1) had a bye during the opening round of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Rock (33-20-3-0), who finished fourth in the division, swept the Cochrane Crunch 2-0 in their best-of-three play-in series that wrapped up Sunday night.

The Rock struggled against the Lumberjacks during the regular season, winning just two of the eight meetings — with one of those victories coming in overtime.

At the Claude Larose Arena, the Rock beat the Lumberjacks 5-3 on their first visit, but then dropped their next three games.

Game 1 of the series will be played Friday night at the Claude Larose Arena, starting at 7 p.m.

The Claude Larose Arena will also be the site of Game 2 of the series, on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Action will switch to the McIntyre Arena for Game 3 of the series, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Game 4 will also be played at the McIntyre Arena on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m.

If necessary, Game 5 would be played at the Claude Larose Arena on Sunday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

If necessary, Game 6, would be played back at the McIntyre Arena on Monday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

Should the series go that far, Game 7 would be played at the Claude Larose Arena on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.