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Wild 3rd period sees Voodoos stop Greater Sudbury

Cubs rally in the game’s dying minutes but Powassan manages to come out on top
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Despite a late-game rally the Greater Sudbury Cubs lost their Friday night road game against the Powassan Voodoos by a score of 5-3.

The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) contest was played Sept. 16 at the Powassan Sportsplex.

The Voodoos drew first blood in the first minute when Nathan MacDonald redirected an Alex Little shot from the right point past Cubs’ netminder Nathaniel Boyes.

The first would end with Powassan up 2-0 after Carson Ricci slammed a rebounding puck passed Boyes in the last minue of the period.

The Cubs would finally get on the scoreboard five-and-a-half minutes in the second when Nicholas Toffoli fired a pass to Billy Biedermann who flipped a backhander passed Powassan goalie Kannon Flageolle to make it a 2-1 game.

Early in the third, the Voodoos would make it a 3-1 game when Tucker Shields notched his first NOJHL goal by redirecting a shot from Powassan defenceman Alex Little.

The Cubs didn’t give up though. In the last half of the third, Greater Sudbury scored twice to tie the game up. First, Matthew Mazzotta effort drove down the right side and scored to make it a 3-2 game. Then, Cole Crowder and Ben Harris worked in tandem, with Harris burying one in the back of the net to make it a 3-3 game.

The Voodoos worked a bit of magic, though, with only a few minutes left. Shields would tip in a bouncing rebound to give Powassan the lead again. After Greater Sudbury pulled their goalie to get the extra attacher, the Voodoos’ Cameron Lemcke would notch an empty-netter to end the game 5-3 for he won a race down the ice and deposited the insurance marker into an empty net before time expired.

The Cubs sit in first place in the NOJHL West Division with a record of 3-1-1 (7 points). The Voodoos are second in the league’s East Division with a record of 3-1 (6 points).