Photos: Gino Donato Photography
SUDBURY, Ont. – Getting goals from four different skaters helped the Greater Sudbury Cubs skate past the visiting Soo Thunderbirds 4-1 in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action, on a Saturday night in Sudbury, at the Gerry McCrory Community Sports Complex.
Neither side would convert offensively in a scoreless opening frame as the two clubs reached the first intermission still in search of a goal.
Second period play saw Greater Sudbury break the deadlock three and a half minutes in though on Cole Crowder’s fifth of the season as he scored for the fourth time in as many outings.
It was more from the Cubs a couple of shifts later when Cameron Walker also collected his fifth of the campaign as he tallied for a third straight match-up and ran a consecutive game point streak to five in succession.
A third marker in the session for the hosts added to their edge when Oliver Smith beat Sault Ste. Marie starter Kolton Bourret at 13:02.
On the power play late in the second, the Thunderbirds capitalized with Jackson Truchan being credited with his first NOJHL marker in the final minute.
Moving to the third, Greater Sudbury’s Nolan Newton helped put the game out of reach with four minutes remaining, as his effort gave him goals in back-to-back contests.
Cubs netminder Nataniel Boyes got the win, helping his side raise their record to 6-2-1-0 on the year while the Thunderbirds fell to 3-5-0-0 with the loss.