SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A harmless looking dump in by Billy Biedermann of the Greater Sudbury Cubs took an inadvertent deflection and found its way in with just 14.1 seconds remaining in regulation to give his side a dramatic 2-1 triumph over the Soo Eagles Friday evening in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League meeting at Pullar Stadium.
Starting goaltenders Kameron Ragon of the Eagles and the Cubs Noah Metivier were both solid in the first period as they kept opposing shooters at bay through a scoreless initial session.
Action in the second stanza saw Sault Ste. Marie break the deadlock late in the frame thanks to Kenny Belanger Jr.’s 20th goal of the season as he neatly redirected a Caleb Cordas slap-pass from the point past goalkeeper Noah Metivier during a man advantage opportunity.
Greater Sudbury drew level seven in a half minutes into the final frame as Nolan Newton made a nifty rush up ice, then dangled around an Eagles’ defender before proceeding to fire the equalizer over Ragon’s glove into the top right corner.
Then with overtime rapidly approaching, Biedermann received the fortuitous bounce as he sent the puck towards the net from the left point that bounced off a Soo skater, changed direction, and got past a surprised Ragon, who had little chance on the play.
The late victory helped the NOJHL-leading Cubs improve to 38-7-2-0 while the hard-luck defeat sees the Eagles fall to 18-20-4-1 overall.