A weekend split and two very competitive games with the visiting Kapuskasing Flyers is definitely a little more to build upon for head coach Brian Dickinson and his Sudbury U18 AAA Nickel Capitals.
Trailing the Flyers by ten points in the standings coming into weekend action, the Nickel Caps racked up their fourth consecutive win with a 5-3 decision Saturday night over Kapuskasing, scoring twice in the opening 80 seconds, watching their opponents fight back but then celebrating a game-winning tally by Aleksander Duguay with under five minutes to play for the win.
Flying from the drop of the opening faceoff, Sudbury hit the board on strikes from Felix St-Onge and Connor Desbois, Kapuskasing pulling even before the end of the frame thanks to Xavier Boulanger and Kasey Chevalier.
Caden Dubreuil (Sudbury) and Damien Lemoyne traded tallies in the middle stanza, the 3-3 scoreline remaining intact until Duguay managed to connect on the power-play as the Flyers were assessed a total of 11 minors compared to just four for the Caps.
Affiliated call-up Benoit Hogue closed out the scoring into an empty-net minutes later. Despite what some may have perceived as an "upset" win, the U18 AAA Nickel Capitals were step for step with Kapuskasing again the next afternoon in game two of the weekend set.
The teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after twenty minutes of play as goals from Benoit Hogue and Bryson Smith were countered by snipes from both Riley Fillion and Ayden Trottier of the Flyers.
The visitors would take a 4-3 lead into the third as Fillion, with his second, and Tannen Isenhoff hit paydirt while Lucas Antonioni helps to keep Sudbury close. Xavier Boulanger would score the eventual GWG, giving Kap a 5-3 lead before Connor Desbois made things interesting as game two finished with the Flyers ahead, 5-4.
Coach Dickinson and company are on the road this coming weekend, visiting the Timmins Majors on Saturday and Kapuskasing on Sunday while the Sudbury U16 AAA Nickel Capitals are back and forth between North Bay, in the Gateway City to battle the North Bay U16 AAA Trappers on Saturday but welcoming the U18 AAA Trappers to Sudbury on Sunday afternoon.