With the team improving in leaps and bounds, the Sudbury Novice Rockhounds were rewarded, winning three of their four games at the 2019 Stayner Hitmen Spring Showdown last weekend and earning bronze medals, in the process.
A four goal effort from Hunter Currie got the locals off and running in the Friday evening affair, outscoring the Tyendinaga Thunderbirds 6-1. Max Jouppi and Liam Hagen capped off the scoring parade for the winners, while goaltender Brady Toulouse enjoyed a solid outing in net for Sudbury.
After dropping a 4-1 decision to the Barrie Bombers #2 the next morning, the Rockhounds got back on the winning track, as coach Dan Mead's squad picked up their second 6-1 triumph of the weekend, this time over the West Grey Rampage from Durham County.
The offense proved to be much more balanced in their second win, with Hunter Currie, Malik Jakubo, Etienne Hutchings, Declan McGonegal, Josh Bell and Max Jouppi all hitting the mark for the Novice Hounds.
Pitted opposite the Nepean Knights #3 in the bronze medal encounter, the Sudbury crew jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, needing every bit of that advantage in holding on for a 5-4 win.
Max Jouppi jumped to the forefront, offensively, rifling home a hat trick, with Hunter Currie adding a pair of tallies for the Rockhounds.
Joining the players that have already been mentioned on the 2019 Sudbury Novice roster are Jackson Mead, Reid Bombardieri, Andrew Roney, Lincoln Rancourt, Damien Dell, Koda Peltier and Zeebin Ashawasegai, with Andrew Bell and Scott Currie lending a helping hand to coach Mead on the bench.