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Taking a core of young talent from the Nickel City Minor Bantam "AAA" Sons down to Toronto for the Coffey Cup Showcase at the Mastercard Centre, coach Trevor Blanchard and the Black Attack reeled off four wins and a tie en route to the title.

The locals opened play on Friday, edging the Mississauga Mad Dogs 4-3 as Wilson Farrow, Samuel Assinewai and Dominik Godin scored for the winners, with Brayden Lafrance netting the game-winning goal.

The Black Attack improved to 2-0, blanking the Rochester Monarchs 3-0 behind markers from Liam Bridgeman, Vincent Lavoie and Godin, with netminder Joshua Stagg recording the shutout.

The only blemish for the northern crew came Saturday morning as the team settled for a 3-3 tie with the Buffalo Regals, as Assinewai, Lavoie and Farrow accounted for the offense.

Goaltender Noah Beaulne turned aside 28 of the 31 shots that he faced, as the Sudbury-based squad secured first place in round robin play. Back up against the Mad Dogs in the semis, the Attack rode a two goal performances by both Pierson Sobush and Assinewei to a 4-1 triumph, with Stagg stopping 24 of the 25 shots that he faced.

Battling a very determined Rochester team in the final, the Black Attack held on for a 2-1 win, and bragging rights in the 2004 age bracket. The Sudbury Minor Midget "AAA" Wolves also enjoyed the chance to get some pre-season hockey under their collective belts, heading south for a pair of exhibition games.

The Wolves secured a 4-4 draw with the Guelph Gryphons, as Chase Lammi, Justin Dauphinais, Ethan Masson and Deric Charbonneau found the back of the net for coach Mardy St Jacques and company.

Since announcing the core of their roster in May, the Minor Midget Wolves have firmed things up with the addition of netminder Carson Boutin from Iroquois Falls, as well as local forward Mathieu Gaudreau.

The team lost their only encounter on Sunday, doubled 4-2 by the Kitchener Jr Rangers, as Lammi and Nathaniel Lalonde found the back of the net for Sudbury. The Minor Midget Wolves will now focus on preparing for the Toronto Titans Minor Midget Prospects Tournament from September 6th to the 10th.

The Nickel City Major Bantam "AAA" Sons rounded out the trio of local "AAA" teams looking to finetune their game, as coach Chris McInnis' lads upended the Mississauga Reps 3-1 and doubled the Markham Majors 4-2.

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