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The dam eventually burst, with the Vikings washed ashore
2024-03-01

For 25 minutes or so, the Elliot Lake Vikings (5-39-1-4) were giving the Greater Sudbury Cubs (38-11-1-2) a pretty competitive game Thursday night at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.

But five minutes into period two, Samuel Assinewai increased the Sudbury advantage to 3-1, followed by Hudson Chitaroni at 7:24 - and by the end of the middle stanza, the rout was on.

The contest, which sat at 2-1 after 20 and 6-2 after 40 minutes of play would finish 11-2, the first time the Cubs had reached double digits all year - but the sixth time the Vikes had surrendered ten or more.

A glut of two-goal performances for the homeside included Samuel Assinewai, Hudson Chitaroni, Oliver Smith and what should be Noah Kohan (the eighth Sudbury goal was credited to Marshall McCharles - though the rebound of the McCharles shot clearly bounced off the chest off his teammate and back into the net).

Ethan Larmand scored once and added four assists, with Nolan Newton and Mason Chitaroni capping things off for the Cubs. The overmatched visitors did received a yeoman's effort from the likes of Max Ciesieski and Gavin McLenaghan (both with a goal and an assist), as much as rookie Anthony Bertrand and besieged puckstopper Sam Keene.

At the other end of the rink, former Elliot Lake teammate Matthew Vahramian turned aside 18 shots in picking up his first victory since he was acquired at the trade deadline by the Sudbury NOJHL'ers.

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