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Assinewai, Chitaroni and Harris all shine in Sudbury win
2024-01-07
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On a rare night in which captain and team leading scorer Oliver Smith was held in check, limited to just one assist, the Greater Sudbury Cubs were grateful for their secondary scoring.

Breaking out with a five goal outburst in the second period Saturday night, the Cubs powered past the Powassan Voodoos 7-5 as Samuel Assinewai (2G-2A), Ben Harris (1G-2A) and Hudson Chitaroni (2G-1A) all jumped into the limelight offensively.

The Voodoos opened the scoring, outshooting the visitors 18-8 and rewarded with markers from both Chase Thompson and Reyth Smith in the initial stanza.

The Cubs, however, came out on fire in the second, chasing starting netminder Daniel Dirracolo by the 6:28 mark after scoring four times: two by Hudson Chitaroni and one each from Cameron Walker and Samuel Assinewai.

Powasssan replied with tallies from Ryan Patrick and Rhys Smetham before Brock Houser capped off the second period fireworks, giving Sudbury a 5-4 lead heading to the third.

Ben Harris netted what would stand as the game-winner at 2:05, with Chris Innes and Ryan Rubic drawing assists. Dylan McElhinny (Voodoos) and Samuel Assinewai (Cubs) closed the books on this encounter, offensively speaking, finding the back of the net about a minute apart midway through the final frame.

Noah Metivier finished with 34 saves while his teammates were nothing if not opportunistic, scoring seven goals on just 22 shots, according to the NOJHL website.

The road victory allowed Sudbury to remain even with the Blind River Beavers atop the NOJHL West Division standings as the latter crew also bumped their way up to 58 points with a 5-1 win Saturday night over the Soo Eagles.

The Cubs now will greet the Voodoos again in their next contest, this one slated for Thursday night at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, closing out their week with a short trip east to battle with the French River Rapids in Noelville next Sunday.

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