Already sure to renew hostilities on a regular basis in Nickel District league play, the two local rivals decided to extend their festivities Oct. 21 beyond three periods of play, capping off the NCHA (Nickel City Hockey Association) Super Stack Tournament with some overtime drama.
With the teams playing three-on-three hockey, Riley Waugh scored at 1:09 of period No. 4, lifting the Sudbury crew to a 2-1 win over the Devils.
Ironically, it was Waugh who also scored in overtime in the morning semifinal, earning the Bulldogs a berth in the championship affair with a 5-4 triumph over the Nickel City Flyers.
Ben Kaskiewicz opened the scoring in the gold-medal game, shovelling home a backhand to give the SMHA squad a 1-0 lead heading to the third. The Devils knotted the contest at one on a very fortunate bounce with roughly five minutes to play.
A hard shot over the Sudbury net was rimming around the glass when it hit a stanchion and bounced directly to Patrick Sivret, standing all alone for an easy tap in for the Devils.
The midget division produced the only overtime encounter of the five finals, as out-of-town teams secured three championship banners for the road.
The Hearst Peewee Lumber Kings completed an impressive weekend run, picking up their fifth straight win with a 3-1 victory over the Nickel City Devils.
Alex Rancourt, Jacob Comeau and Alex Lapointe tallied for the winners, while Alex Frappier replied in a losing cause for the Devils.
The Bradford Bulldogs survived a 2-1 semifinal scare with the Nickel City Flyers on Oct. 20, doubling the Nickel City Devils 4-2 the next day in the Atom A final.
Jake Crane led the Bulldogs with a two-goal effort, with solo markers coming courtesy of Carson Cameron and Westin Torrie while Spencer Dickson and Eamon Dolphin answered for the northern lads.
With only local teams in the Atom AA division, the ultimate match featured an all Nickel City battle as the Rebels blanked the Tigers 5-0.
Nicholas Faught and Zacharie Giroux scored two goals each for the Rebels, with Justin Dauphinais completing the attack for the winners.
Finally, the Novice hardware would also make the trek up along Highway 144 as the Timmins Norfil North Stars came to life when it mattered the most, avenging a pair of round-robin losses with big wins on Oct. 21.
The Stars bounced the Sudbury Bulldogs 4-3 in the semifinal game and then produced a complete turnaround from a 5-0 defeat on Oct. 19 at the hands of the Nickel City Rebels, besting the locals 4-1 in the final.
A two-goal performance from Noah Lachance paced the Timmins attack, with Sammy Litt and Blake Ferron adding one goal apiece, while Riley Lavallee countered with one of his own for the Rebels.