It was a weekend to forget for the Onaping Falls Huskies of the Northern Ontario Bantam "AAA" Hockey League. After taking two of three games from the Sault Thunder when the two-time defending league champions last visited Levack in mid-October, the Huskies were shutout completely this weekend as the visitors swept all three games.
With captain Jamie Haines out of the lineup for the opening two games while serving a suspension, the home side opened with a 6-4 loss as Tyler Hawdon and Drew MacMillan scored twice each for the Thunder. Richard MacLennan and Sean Stubbs rounded out the Soo attack while Brandon Labelle, with a pair, Chris Chaput and Josh Patrick replied for Onaping.
The Thunder continued to roll in the Saturday evening encounter as goaltender Michael Doan registered the shutout in a 5-0 whitewashing of the Huskies. This time around, it was Drew MacMillan and Dereck Hurley that would record two-goal games with Matthew Amadio picking up a solo marker.
A new day, same old results as Brett Thompson's second goal of the game, a short-handed marker late in the second period, proved to be the back-breaker, giving the Sault a 4-2 lead en route to a 6-2 win. MacMillan netted his fifth and sixth goals of the weekend in the series finale while Amadio and Hurley also hit the scoresheet.
Brandon Labelle and Kory Caya answered in a losing cause for the Huskies who will look to regroup at home against regional rival Sudbury Bantam AAA Wolves this coming weekend in Levack as the Silver Stick Tournament monopolizes much of the Sudbury and area arenas.
With the teams now tied at 34 points with the Sault holding three games in hand in the race for first place in the NOBHL standings, Onaping Falls will likely need to look at a mid-January trip to Sault Ste Marie as their last hope to upset the Thunder and finish first in the regular season.
after their three-game set with Sudbury, the Huskies will prepare to head to Toronto for the impressive lineup of teams that is a certainty when it comes to the Marlboros Holiday Classic taking place over the Christmas break. The Thunder, meanwhile, will leave on a slightly more extended road trip over the holidays as the Sooites travel to Sweden and Finland to enjoy some international competition.