Cubs prepare to battle Birds

The Greater Sudbury Cubs will attempt to stretch their win streak to six games on Thursday in a key divisional matchup with the Soo Thunderbirds.

The Cubs trail the T-Birds by eight points for first place in the NOJHL West. Greater Sudbury defeated the Soo in their last meeting, 4-3 in overtime, for the first victory in four meetings with the T-Birds. New goaltender Sasha Gaumond was a standout for the Cubs in that contest.

Samuel Lake and Brock Santa Maria have accounted for six of the Soo’s 12 goals against the Cubs this season. The T-Birds are led in scoring by rookie forwards Andrew Gibson and Cooper Foster, who have each recorded 21 points to date.

Thursday’s game is Cubs Team Pen Night, as every fan attending the game will receive a writing pen. Those may come in handy when obtaining an autograph from local author Mike Commito, who will be in attendance to sign his recently released book, Hockey 365, The Second Period: More Daily Stories from the Ice. The Cubs’ fan of the game will receive an autographed book, courtesy of Commito.

The Cubs will close out the week with a road trip to Blind River on Saturday night. The second-place Beavers lead the Cubs by two points, but the Sudbury squad has outscored its rival by a count of 10-3 in their last two matchups.

Tickets for Thursday’s home game will be available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for juniors and seniors. Children 12 and under are free with an adult. Masks and proof of full vaccination are required.