The Cubs will be looking to extend their four-game winning streak this Thursday night when they host the ESPANOLA PAPER KINGS at 7:05 at the CHELMSFORD ARENA. Due to a national curling event being held at the Countryside Arena for the remainder of the month, the Cubs have been relocated to Chelmsford Arena this Thursday night. The Cubs will travel to Powassan on Friday to complete the 58-game NOJHL regular season schedule.
THE CRAZY HORSE TAVERN on Errington Street in Chelmsford will be sponsoring Thursday’s game in Chelmsford as restaurant owner Lou Laberge will welcome Cubs fans that are 19 years of age and older to his bar/restaurant after the game to begin early celebration of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
CUBS CLINCH FIRST PLACE IN THE WEST!
The Cubs won both games last week and the four points moved the Cubs to 90 points on the season. The wins clinched a first-place finish in the NOJHL West Division. It is Sudbury’s second divisional banner since team owner Mark Burgess assumed operations of the Rayside Balfour Canadians franchise in 2019-20.
Cubs leading goal scorer Pierson Sobush continues to hold the hot-hand for the Cubs as the 18-year-old star forward scored his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season including a goal in each of the Cubs two victories last Sobush finished the week with four points. Rookie forward and Sudbury Wolves draft selection Marshall McCharles scored two goals in the Cubs 4-1 victory over French River. McCharles has now scored 15 goals on the season and was named first star. Cole Crowder added a goal and one assist in Thursday’s game.
On Friday night in Espanola, the Cubs jumped out to an early 3-0 first period lead thanks to team captain Oliver Smith who recorded 2 goals and one assist. The Cubs added two more goals in the middle frame thanks to 18-year-old scoring sensation Sam Assinewai. The Cubs carried a 5-1 lead over the Paper Kings into the third period and coasted to a 5-3 win. Noah Metivier recorded both wins in goal for the Cubs and now boasts a league-best .930 save percentage.
CUBS HOST ESPANOLA IN FIRST-ROUND OF NOJHL WEST DIVISION QUARTER-FINALS
The Sudbury Cubs will host the Espanola Express in round #1 of the play-offs starting on Thursday, March 23rd at the Walden Arena. Game two goes on Friday night, March 24th at the Walden Arena. Both games will begin at 7:30 pm. Play-off tickets will go on sale this week at BATTISTELLI’S YOUR INDEPENDENT GROCER STORE in Lively and/or by contacting the Cubs’ Business Manager Brittany at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Play-off tickets will also be available for sale at the ticket desk at this Thursday’s game in Chelmsford. Due to arena size restrictions, a maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold for each of the play-off games to be played in the Walden arena.