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Cubs fall 3-1 to the Eagles in Michigan

The Greater Sudbury Cubs lost Friday’s away game in Michigan against the Sault Ste. Marie Eagles 3-1
The Sault Ste. Marie Eagles celebrate a home-game goal against the Greater Sudbury Cubs during Friday night’s game in Michigan.

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.