Greater Sudbury Cubs goaltender Noah Metivier got the shutout as the team skated to 2-0 road triumph over the Espanola Paper Kings on Sunday afternoon.
The first 20 minutes of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League West Division contest at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex were scoreless.
It wasn’t until the closing minutes of the second period that Greater Sudbury got on the board
At 19:45, Mason McCharles took a Cameron Shanks feed from behind the net and fired the biscuit over the shoulder of a screened Jake Marois in the Espanola net to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.
The Cubs second tally came in the third period with fewer than nine minutes remaining. Pierson Sobush found himself free at the top of the crease and snapped the insurance marker over the glove of Marois.
“That play also gave Sobush goals in three straight outings for his club,” the team said in a news release.
The win also sees the Cubs raise their record to 23-4-2-0, while the Paper Kings dropped to 12-11-2-2.
The Cubs are tied with the Timmins Rock for first place in the NOJHL standings.
With the Cubs extending their winning streak to seven games the team continues to sit in the top 10 nationally among junior hockey teams under Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.
The first-place Cubs will be looking to be the first NOJHL team to hit the 50-point mark on the season when they host the French River Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:05 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.
RBC will be sponsoring the game and collecting food donations as Cubs fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the game. All donations will be delivered to the Elgin Street Mission.