The NOHA Hockey Showcases are fast approaching and a handful of teams took advantage of the beautiful early fall weather on Sunday to hook up for a two-game exhibition set at Countryside Arena.
The Nipissing District Burger World Minor Peewee AAA Trappers paid a visit to Sudbury, battling the Minor Peewee AAA Wolves in a pair of highly entertaining games.
In the opener, the visitors took a 3-2 lead into the third and salted away the victory, adding another three goals as the Trappers doubled the Wolves 6-3. Jacob Peterson-Galmea led the way for North Bay with a two-goal effort, including an insurance marker into the empty net with just 46 seconds remaining.
Adam Howe, Owen Wells, Ryan Ouellette and Ian Denomme added singles for the Trappers while Matti Allen, with a pair, and Chase Lammi replied for the homeside.
The second match-up produced a flurry of goals in the middle frame as five of the game's six tallies came in the second period, with the teams finishing deadlocked in a 3-3 tie.
Tony Piro opened the scoring for Sudbury, netting the only goal of the opening frame with a short-handed marker. Peterson-Galema and Ryan Mills scored just over two minutes apart, pushing the visitors ahead, before Erik Struk knotted the game at two for the Wolves.
Matthew Hardwick (North Bay) and Brendan Fabbro (Sudbury) traded goals before the end of the period, with goaltenders Riley Ouellette of Sudbury and Laurent Cloutier of North Bay shutting the door in the third.
Both teams will head to Powassan this weekend as the newly formed Minor Peewee AAA loop hosts its inaugural showcase event, allowing for a full single round-robin competition between all five entries in the northern grouping.