Three wins in a span of five days by a combined score of 18-2 must surely have Sudbury U18 AAA Nickel Capitals' head coach Brian Dickinson feeling quite happy as the team prepares for a pair of tough weekend home outings against the Kapuskasing Flyers.
Sure, two of those victories came opposite a North Bay U16 AAA Trappers side that has but three wins to show for their twenty games to date - but a 5-0 whiteashing of the Sudbury U16 AAA Nickel Capitals was enough to even the season series at two triumphs apiece in the intracity rivalry.
Caden Dubreuil, Noah Kohan, Lucas Antonioni, Aleksander Duguay and Carter Drigo all scored within the final forty minutes, with goalie Keiran Ouellette recording the shutout.
The senior Nickel Caps opened this latest run of success last Saturday at home, laying a 10-2 shellacking on the younger North Bay crew as Dubrueil (four goals) and Duguay (three goals) combined to handle more than half of the team's scoring.
Carson Crane, Lucas Dubois and Nate Lazarus capped things off for the Sudbury crew, with the latter recording just his second goal of the year, one that he credited largely to the work of teammate Bryson Smith.
"I had to thank Smitty for that (goal)," said Lazarus, a native of Moose Factory who toiled with the U16 AAA team last year in Sudbury. "He got the puck to me, blocked the goalie and I let a howitzer go and boom, it was in the net."
The three game winning streak comes directly on the heels of a tough schedule of outings at a tournament in Peterborough, though the Caps stayed in pretty much every affair until some point in period three.
"I thought that we were really positive tonight," said Lazarus following the opening win over the U16 Trappers. "That's what we really worked on during the weekend in Peterborough, staying positive, especially after some tough losses."
Not blessed, as a team, with an abundance of natural scoring talent, the U18 AAA Caps will look to play a simple game, taking their 8-14-0-0 record into their two matchups with the 11-6-1-0 Flyers from Kapuskasing.
"We've got to keep applying pressure, winning battles, getting pucks to the net," said Lazarus. "We've just got to keep doing it."
While their Sunday encounter against North Bay was more challenging, Aleksander Duguay netted the game-winner in period two with Noah Kohan and Connor Desbois providing some insurance in support of netminder Keiran Ouellette.
Meanwhile, the U16 AAA Nickel Capitals have a week off before contesting a home and home two-game set with the North Bay U18 AAA Trappers on February 11th and 12th.