The local midget AAA team suffered just their third loss of the season, travelling north to face the Kapuskasing Flyers on the weekend, but it was a doozy.
The hometown crew trounced the visiting Wolves 9-1, scoring five times in the third and adding to an already comfortable 4-1 advantage. Shadow Reuben and Cameron Etherington scored three goals apiece for the Flyers, with Trevor Cheff adding a pair and P.A. Leblanc rounding out the high-powered offensive arsenal.
A first-period power-play goal by Ryley Chum narrowed the Kapuskasing lead to 2-1 at the time, but the Flyers would score in the final minute of both the first and second periods before really pouring it on in the third.
To their credit, the Nickel Capital Wolves appeared to learn their lesson. Tightening up dramatically defensively the next day, Sudbury rode the shutout netminding of Mackenzie Savard to a 4-0 win, receiving tallies from Shane Zorzit, D.J. Hancock, Anthony Pelletier and Chum.
Meanwhile, the Nickel City Sons continued their mastery over the North Bay Trappers, sweeping a home-and-home set by identical 5-2 scores. The Sons strode in to North Bay last Thursday, leaving with a solid victory after scoring five times in the second period.
Denver Ghent paced Nickel City with a two-goal effort, with Jason Bednarski, Tyler Brisson and Nathan Shane adding one goal apiece. Aaron Dart and Charlie Geisler countered for the Trappers, whose only losses in the past 11 games have come at the hands of the Sons.
A quick start made the difference on Tuesday night in Chelmsford as Sheldon Lalonde drilled a natural hat trick, putting the Sons up 3-0 with less than seven minutes played. Michael Silveri got one back for the visitors before the end of the opening frame, but Nickel City outscored North Bay 2-1 in the third, securing their fourth win in the past five outings.
Cole Braney and Dexter Lamarche found their way on to the scoresheet in the final frame for the Sons, with Lucas Nevrencan adding one for the Trappers. The recent streak by the Sons has helped the team secure a solid grip on fourth place with a record of 9-8-0-1, just back of Kapuskasing (10-9-0-0), North Bay (11-7-0-1) and Sudbury (12-3-0-0).
Following is a recap from the only remaining encounter that was played last week:
Friday. Dec. 6:
North Bay 6 New Liskeard 3
Nathaniel McLeod recorded the hat trick as the Trappers doubled the Cubs, bouncing back from a home ice loss to Nickel City the previous night.
A very quiet schedule this week features only one weekend game as the Timmins Majors pay a visit to North Bay for a 3:20 p.m. matchup with the Trappers on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 14) at the West Ferris Arena.