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Dubowsky with the hat-trick as U16 AAA Caps beat the Majors

Turn about is fair play for the Sudbury U16 AAA Nickel Capitals.

Opening the 2022-2023 Great North U18 League season with a three game trek up north, the locals proceded to drop three straight one goal affairs: two to the Timmins Majors (4-3 and 3-2) and one to the New Liskeard Cubs (4-3).

Welcoming the Majors to Sudbury this past weekend, the Nickel Caps turned the tables, squeezing out back to back victories by scores of 4-3 and 2-1, the 'second win coming by way of a shootout.

On Saturday, the trio of Cole Dubowksy (hat-trick), Max Campbell (goal + three assists - including a couple of picture-perfect setups for Dubowsky) and defenceman/captain Alex Valade (two assists) accounted for much of the offense as the homeside scored a pair of power play tallies.

Goals by Patrice Lafontaine, Ryan Armitage and Cole Ellis took nothing away from an outstanding effort on the part of Sudbury netminder Nick Marson.

"Our compete level was there for sixty minutes," beamed second year head coach Jordan Cheechoo after the game. "That's been our problem for the first five game, just trying to play a complete game - and we did that tonight."

Keynan Kydd (Sudbury) and Cole Ellis (Timmins) traded goals on Sunday in regulation time before Anthony Bertrand send the hometown fans home happy, netting the game-winner in the penalty shot segment and making a winner of underage goaltender Mateo Beites.

Holding opponents to three goals or less in more than half of their games to date (team record is now 4-2-0-1) is clearly bringing a smile to the face of Cheechoo, the former local junior turned hockey mentor.

"With this team in particular, we start in the defensive end, trying to reinforce our good habits there," he stated. "Their offense speaks for itself. They're really talented offensively."

"We give them some plays but we like to see their creativity up front."

The Sudbury U16 AAA crew are back in action on Wednesday night at 7:45 p.m. at the Gerry McCrory Sports Complex, facing the struggling Sudbury U18 AAA Nickel Capitals. The latter are still in search of their first win, sitting at 0-4-0-0, though it's undoubtedly the 2(GF)/24(GA) differential that 'is an even bigger concern for head coach Brian Dickinson and company.

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