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Cubs win two over the weekend, stay atop the NOJHL west division

Team preparing for a three-game Thanksgiving weekend

The Greater Sudbury Cubs won two out of three games played recently and retained their first-place standing in the very competitive NOJHL west division standings.

The Cubs began the week with a 4-2 loss on home ice to the Sault Ste. Marie Thunderbirds on Thursday night. 

Scoring for the Cubs was Kyler Campbell with his fifth goal of the season, while Mathieu Morin scored his second goal of the season while short-handed. Shots on goal favoured the Cubs by a 31-28 margin.

The Cubs then traveled to Blind River on Saturday to take on the Beavers. The Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and coasted to a 6-2 victory. Campbell continued his scoring ways with  a hat trick, while Alexander Dillon, Jaxon Bedard and Pierson Sobush had singles. Joel Rainville faced  39 shots for the win in goal for the Cubs.

The Cubs wrapped up the week with a gutsy 5-3 victory over the Soo Michigan Eagles on Sunday night. The Cubs jumped-out to a quick 2-0 first-period lead, but the Eagles roared back with three unanswered goals of their own in the second period. 

The Cubs quickly responded with three unanswered  goals to seal the victory. The Eagles had won three games in a row coming into the Nickel City on Sunday. 

Carter Geoffroy opened the scoring for the Cubs with a laser from the point before the Cubs’ young guns contributed with goals by 16-year-old skilled forward Billy Biedermann, 17-year-old Atley Gringorten and 17-year-old Ben Harris. 

Campbell scored his league-leading ninth goal of the  season into an empty net. 

Jake Marois was solid in goal for the Cubs as the 18-year-old netminder made 29 saves. 

The Cubs outshot the Eagles 48-32. 

The Cubs were 1 for 7 on the power play while  the Eagles were 0 for 5. The Cubs hold the second-best penalty kill stat in the league at 89 per cent.

The Cubs will now prepare for another three-game week beginning Thursday, Oct. 7 when they host  the Espanola Express at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m. There are  plenty of tickets available at the door for Thursday’s contest. Adults are $10, juniors and seniors are only $5 and children 12 and under are free with an adult. 

The Cubs will close out the Thanksgiving weekend with a road trip to Elliot Lake on Friday night and another visit to Blind River on Sunday. All games can be viewed in high-def on