Chasing Thursday’s home game victory against the French River Rapids, the Greater Sudbury Cubs fell to the Sault Ste. Marie Eagles 3-1 during an away game on Friday night in Michigan.
“The Eagles took flight 3:09 into the proceedings when Michael Szlag picked up his first of the season as he snared the puck in the neutral zone and wheeled into the Cubs’ zone and fired a shot that looked to get partially deflected by the stick of a Greater Sudbury defender which caused it to knuckle enough to flip past the blocker of goalkeeper Noah Beaulne,” according to a media release issued by the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
“Adding another in the session, Mortson converted for Sault Ste. Marie at 18:38 when he got a second crack at a rebound laying in the crease off a shot from the left point by blueliner Colin Handy.
“The Cubs did get one back five and a half minutes into the middle frame thanks to Cole Crowder roofing one past Soo starter Logan Raffaele with a sharp wrist shot from the left circle as he finished off a Christopher Innes pass.
“Getting some insurance midway through the third, Mortson bagged another to help secure the win for the Eagles as his work while on a two-man advantage saw him get just enough of a shot off a feed from Chase Tallaire to get it over the outstretched pad of Beaulne.
“Raffaele and the Soo defenders then did the rest in getting the decision and improving to 3-1-0-0 early in the season.”
With this defeat, the Cubs have slipped to 4-2-1-0 overall.
The Greater Sudbury Cubs’ next game will also take place against the Eagles – this one on their home turf at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex. The game will take place at 7:05 p.m. on Sept. 29.