VIDEO / GALLERY: Greater Sudbury Cubs crowned NOJHL champions

PHOTOS : Rob Fera – Sudbury Light Event Photography

SUDBURY, Ont. – Marshall McCharles’ second goal of the game, coming with just 67 seconds remaining in regulation, proved to be the game-winner as the Greater Sudbury Cubs went on to defeat the Powassan Voodoos 5-3 in Game 5 of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League Final.

With the victory, the Cubs take the best-of-seven series 4-1 to capture the Copeland Cup – McNamara Trophy NOJHL championship and will now advance to compete in the Centennial Cup, May 9-19, in Oakville, Ont.

Generating chances in the opening 10 minutes of the contest, Greater Sudbury opened the scoring as Noah Kohan came down the left wing and put a play into the slot where Nolan Newton spun and whipped a shot over the blocker of Powassan netminder Daniel Dirracolo.

The tally for Newton was his 12th of the playoffs, which tied him with teammate Hudson Chitaroni for the league lead.

Going up by a pair, the Cubs’ McCharles powered his way along the boards and after cutting out from behind the net, stuffed in a wraparound to extend the home side’s lead.

The hosts picked up a double minor that allowed the Voodoos an opportunity to cut into the deficit prior to the first intermission, however Greater Sudbury goalkeeper Noah Metivier did his part to keep it 2-0 after one period of play.

Heading to the second stanza, Powassan did convert on another man advantage after Tucker Shields corralled the rebound off an attempt from the left point by Reyth Smith and scored on a backhand from the top of the crease at 5:23.

Coming right back, the Voodoos drew level with an even strength effort just 28 seconds later as Zach Turner knocked in a loose puck off an Alexander Case shot that had hit off the shoulder of Metivier.

Not done there, the visitors took the lead moments later when Carson Ricci fired one through a maze of bodies in front, off a Shields set-up, that found its way in.

A couple of late big point-blank saves from Dirracolo, including one by sweeping a free puck away off the goal line with the paddle of his stick, kept Powassan in the lead after 40 minutes.

In the third, Greater Sudbury tied it early when Ethan Larmand’s harmless looking chance from the left circle slid through the pads of Dirracolo at 2:22.

Then with overtime looming, McCharles blazed down the left side and while driving to the net, ripped in the decider from a sharp angle.

Capping off the home ice triumph, Oliver Smith scored into an empty net in the final minute to secure the NOJHL title for the Cubs.

Powassan Voodoos vs. Greater Sudbury Cubs
Greater Sudbury wins best-of-seven series 4-1

Game 1: Voodoos 5 Cubs 2
Game 2: Cubs 2 Voodoos 0
Game 3: Cubs 5 Voodoos 0
Game 4: Cubs 4 Voodoos 3 (OT)
Game 5: Cubs 5 Voodoos 3

“Highlight of the Night” – NOJHL YouTube Channel