The Nickel City Major Peewee "AAA" Sons have moved to within just one small step of reaching their goal of qualifying for the All-Ontario Championships early next month in Ottawa.
The "AAA” Sons have put themselves in a great position, sweeping games one and two of the best of five affair with the North Bay Trappers at home this past weekend.
Yves Doiron recorded the hat trick in game one, leading the Sons past the Trappers 4-1, with Tyson Rismond (Nickel City) and Nate Gravelle (North Bay) rounding out the scoring on Saturday.
Sunday morning at Carmichael Arena, the locals survived a sluggish opening period, making the most of their opportunities in chalking up a 2-1 win.
Devan Madore broke the ice with a nifty backhand in tight, Caden Dubreuil netted the eventual game-winner in the second, before affiliated call-up Jack Pollock made things interesting in the third, finally solving Nickel City netminder Nathan Cormier with 5:45 remaining in the contest.
That, however, was the only one of 25 pucks directed his way that would elude the Sons goalie as the series now shifts to North Bay, with the Nickel City lads just one win away from securing their spot at the All-Ontario Peewee “AAA” Championships set for April 8th to the 12th in the nation's capital.
The game two victory was particularly key, given that it occurred on a day where the Sons certainly did not have their “A” game. “I think we skated harder yesterday and we got shots on net, moved the puck more,” noted forward Nolan Newton, who actually came to Nickel City after playing for North Bay in 2017-2018.
“We have to remember to move it back to the point, when we need to, and into the high slot.” Thankfully, on this day, the last line of defence was there to hold the Trappers at bay, a fact not lost upon at least one of his teammates.
“We had solid goaltending today,” said Newton. “He (Cormier) just never gives up on the play. Say if there is a wide open net, he will always try and kick a leg back to get it.” And while the Sons are happy to be up by a pair of games, they will head eastward on Highway 17 on Saturday knowing this series is a long way from over.
“They (the Trappers) are more talented than some of the teams in our league and they work really hard,” said Newton. In other NOHL news, the Soo Jr Greyhounds claimed the crown in the major bantam division, knocking off the Nickel City Sons three games to one with victories by scores of 10-3 and 5-0 this past weekend.