GALLERY: Well-balanced effort sends Cubs over Rapids

Photos: Cassy Seguin

FRENCH RIVER – The Greater Sudbury Cubs supplied a well-balanced offensive effort Saturday, getting goals from nine different skaters, in dumping the French River Rapids 9-2 in a Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League get together at Noelville Arena.

Getting off to a solid start, Greater Sudbury skated out to a 2-0 lead before the match-up was 10 minutes in.

Cameron Shanks got the first one for the Cubs at 7:35 as he jammed a chance through French River netminder Brady Dyer.

Notching another a couple of shifts later, Hudson Chitaroni collected his 17th of the season by finishing off a two-on-one in close with Ben Harris.

Getting one back before the first intermission, the Rapids’ Tyler Trealout won a race down ice for the puck, then cut left and stuffed his chance past the pad of Greater Sudbury goaltender Noah Beaulne.

Action in the middle stanza saw Greater Sudbury get two more in the latter stages of it to go up 4-1 after 40 minutes.

After Marshall McCharles redirected in a Cole Quevellon attempt from the right point, Noah Kohan struck shorthanded as he benefited from a errant clearing attempt by Grant, who was also seeing time in net, along with Dyer.

Moving to the final frame, the Rapids converted just 16 seconds in when Lefebvre took a Dominic Bzdyl feed and ripped it past the pad of Beaulne.

The Cubs rebounded with a couple of quick markers courtesy of Ryan Rubic and Brady Bouchard to help put the game away.

Rubic’s effort saw him finish off a McCharles set-up while Bouchard buried a sharp angle shot that leaked through Grant.

The guests kept coming and picked up two more to win convincingly on efforts from Samuel Assinewai, who put one in off a French River skate, and Justin Seguin’s first as he snapped a shot from the right point that flew over the blocker of Dyer.

Finishing the one-sided result was defenceman Josh Kavanagh with a couple of minutes remaining.  

With the result, Greater Sudbury becomes the first team in the league to reach the 20-win plateau on the season as they raised their record to 20-6-0-0.

In defeat, the Rapids fell to 6-19-1-0.