The Nickel City Major Bantam “AAA” Sons needed one extra game before eventually booking their traditional playoff date with the North Bay Trappers this past weekend.
After sweeping both games to start their best of five series with the Soo Thunder at home on February 18th and 19th (5-3 and 8-7), the Sons dropped a 5-4 decision in Sault Ste Marie on Saturday, but bounced back with a 5-3 win to close things out on Sunday.
The Sons surrendered four first period goals in game three, storming back with third period tallies from Justin Dauphinais (his second) and Giordano Biondi, knotting the contest at 4-4. Some seven minutes later, Mateo Perri provided the Thunder with their first post-season win.
The celebration would be somewhat short-lived for the Saultites, as Nickel City received goals from five different players, including the game-winning tally, on the power-play, from defenceman Deric Charbonneau with 6:28 to play.
Mathieu Gaudreau, Hunter Brazier and Max Villano had scored earlier in the contest, with Gavin Brown finding the empty-net for a little insurance in the final minute of play. The Sons and Trappers will kick off the league final with games one and two in Powassan this weekend, with Nickel City back at home for games three and four on March 11th and 12th.
The Minor Peewee “AAA” rivalry, renewed with a semi-final series between the Sudbury Wolves and Nickel City Sons, has been a testy one, witnessed in part by no less than eighty minutes in penalties doled out (all minors) in the first two games.
On the ice, the Sons have proven to be just that little bit better, to date, recording wins by scores of 5-3 and 5-1. Billy Biedermann was front and center in the opener, netting a hat trick for the winners, with Kohen Crane and Miguel Renaud rounding things off.
Rylan Forsyth, Christian Munch and Henri Lefebvre answered for the Wolves, who managed to get only one puck past Logan Carr the next day, that one courtesy of Daniel Berehowsky. In the meantime, Biedermann was back on the scoresheet for the Sons, joined this time by Alex Coulombe, Alex Pharand, Renaud and Hugh Campbell.
The Wolves host game three on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Carmichael Arena, with game four, if necessary, set for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Cambrian. The winner will likely move on to face the Soo Greyhounds, who have looked awfully good in topping the North Bay Trappers 8-1 and 4-0 to date.