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Friday, May. 25, 2018
End of the Roll - GNML Weekly Report
by Randy Pascal

The Nickel City Sons might well have earned a weekend split, but the loss was a key one as the team continues to battle for first round home ice advantage in the playoffs. Both games in Chelmsford caught our attention with this latest edition of Peter Michelutti's End of the Roll Great North Midget League Weekly Report.

A bounce-back 6-5 victory over the North Bay Trappers might well have salvaged the weekend for the Sons, but the 4-1 loss at the hands of the Timmins Majors on Saturday was likely more crucial.

With the win, Timmins moved a point ahead of Nickel City in fourth place in league standings, though the Sons hold two games in hand. Unfortunately for coach Joel Whissell and company, the district # 2 crew also close out with six of their final ten games against the top three teams in the league: namely Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury and Kapuskasing.

The Saturday encounter might well have been played quite evenly, but a failure to find the back of the net hurt the Sons once again. Austin Boulard netted a pair of goals for Timmins, with Kevin Guertin and Tyler Romain adding one apiece as the visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead after forty minutes of play.

Nickel City captain Malcolm Bilton managed to break the shutout bid of Devon Caron-Debastos, but Boulard answered just 17 seconds later with his second of the game, sealing the win for Timmins.

Scoring was not nearly as much of an issue on Sunday as the Sons benefitted from a Trappers' goaltending tandem that was a tad suspect in this encounter.

Michael Michel, Alex St Marseille, Brody Brunet, Kurtis Clouthier, Sheldon Lalonde and Nathan Shane scored once each while Tyler Peters and Jake Staples countered with two goals each for North Bay.

Nathaniel McLeod rounded out the scoring for the Trappers, now five points back of Nickel City. Following is a breakdown of all remaining games in the Great North Midget League for the week ending on Sunday, December 23rd:

Thursday, Dec. 20th
Timmins 3 Kapuskasing 2
The Majors kicked off a very good week with an overtime win on the road as Nick Hautanen scored the game-winning marker in Kapuskasing

Saturday, Dec. 22nd
Sault Ste Marie 7 North Bay 0
There is simply no slowing down the North Stars, who cruised to an easy win over the Trappers as Anthony Stefano scored a pair of goals in support of the shutout netminding of Jacob Kment

New Liskeard 6 Kirkland Lake 1
The Tri-Towns rivalry has been only lukewarm this year as Dustin Gauvreau scored a pair of power-play goals for the Cubs, handing the hapless Legion 87's crew their 23rd loss in 24 games

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