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Sudbury teams go winless in Great North weekend play
2024-01-08

The local Great North U18 AAA League contingent have enjoyed better weekends.

Just a couple of days after going right down to the wire in a 3-2 loss to the first place Sudbury U18 AAA Wolves, the Sudbury U16 AAA Wolves did not keep it nearly as close Friday night on the road.

The New Liskeard Cubs scored four times in the first and led 6-0 after two periods of hockey before the visitors traded goals in the third, beaten 7-1 as Ashton Pitawanakwat spoiled the shutout bid of netminder Caleb Shuker.

Thomas Rannou and Lucas Dubois netted a pair of goals each for the 15-7-0-0 Cubs, with Logan Rivard, Ryan Miller and Maverick Hill capping things off for the homeside.

There might be some years when a 3-2 overtime loss followed by a 3-0 setback to the Soo Jr Greyhounds might have been considered a decent performance for the Sudbury U18 AAA Wolves.

Not so much when the visitors roll into town with a record of 16-4-1-0 and the Lock City crew are struggling mightilty at 5-10-2-0.

But it was the Hounds who managed to "lock things down", as it were, limiting the Wolves to an average of just a goal a game.

Danny MacDonald drilled the overtime winner on Saturday after teammates Liam Watson and Sebastian Dos Reis had managed to match the Sudbury two-spot put up by the tandem of Lucas Antonioni and Ryan Dazé.

On Sunday, it was goaltender A.J. Borrelli who would register the shutout, receiving second period support from Espen Escasa and some third period insurance from Danny MacDonald and Sebastian Dos Reis.

The Sudbury U16 AAA Wolves will play host to the Soo on Wednesday at Countryside before both locals teams break for a little over two weeks as the GNML allows their U18 programs to travel to the Peterborough tournament (Steve Richey Memorial Tournament - January 18th to 21st), should they wish to do so.

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