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Win streak now at four for local NOJHLers
2021-11-16
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The Greater Sudbury Cubs extended their current win streak to four games over the weekend with a home and home sweep of the Elliot Lake Red Wings.

In the process, the local NOJHLers have reinserted themselves smack dab in the middle of what promises to be a very good West Division race for the balance of the 2021-2022 season.

With a current record of 11-9-0-0, the Cubs are sitting tied for second place with the Blind River Beavers (10-6-2-0), one point ahead of the Soo Eagles (10-4-1-0), though clearly both of their rivals hold games in hand.

The Soo Thunderbirds continue to show the way in this pack with their mark of 13-4-1-2, with both the Espanola Express (15 pts) and Elliot Lake (10 pts) looking to close the gap on the troika directly above them in the standings.

It wasn't their prettiest victory of the year last Thursday at home as Sudbury rode a four-goal third period outburst and the first hat-trick in the NOJHL career of rookie Billy Biedermann to a 6-4 triumph over the Red Wings.

The Cubs trailed after twenty minutes of play, the opening salvo for Biedermann sandwiched between Elliot Lake goals from Charlie Wesholowski and Aidan Leblanc. The homeside sttill trailed by one as the third period began after Pierson Sobush (Cubs) and Jovani Moses (Red Wings) traded tallies in the middle stanza.

Special teams would play a huge role in this comeback as Cameron Walker and Biedermann both converted on the man advantage, giving the Cubs a 4-3 lead midway through the third.

They added some extra insurance when both Ben Harris and Biedermann solver Elliot Lake netminder Ryder Gregga before Leblanc closed out the scoring for the visitors with his second of the game.

Joel Rainville turned aside 23 shots, picking up the win between the pipes while defenseman Josh Hoover picked up his second point in as many games with the team after starting the season with the Sudbury Wolves.

Two nights later in Elliot Lake, the Cubs continued to roll, scoring three times in the first and receiving another strong performance from goaltending addition Sasha Gaumond, downing the Red Wings 5-1.

A native of St Sauveur (Quebec), Gaumond has won both of his appearances in a Sudbury uniform, posting a goals against average of 1.98 and a sparkling save percentage of 94.8%.

On this night, his team would provide him with ample support, most of it coming early as a pair of Kyler Campbell goals bookended another from Cameron Walker, giving Sudbury a 3-0 lead after one period of play.

Alexander Dillon made it 4-0 just 3:47 into the middle frame, with Brodie Kearns spoiling the shutout effort of Gaumond, getting one back before the start of the third.

With two power-play goals already on his resume, Campbell closed out his hat-trick in style, netting a short-handed marker with less than four minutes to play, giving the league's leading scorer 18 goals on the season (to go along with ten assists).

Thanks to his four points over the course of the two game set, Cameron Walker was recognized as one of the NOJHL Eastlink Three Stars of the Week as the hard-working Kingston Frontenacs' prospect begins to show signs of hitting his stride offensively.

The Cubs have just one game on the docket this week, playing host to the Blind River Beavers Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

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