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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Lacrosse summer season now complete
by Randy Pascal

The Ontario Lacrosse Festival wrapped up over the weekend, as the final two of the local Rockhound teams in competition ventured off to Whitby last week.

The Sudbury Intermediate Rockhounds had a tough go of it, closing off with a win after dropping their first two games. The locals were beaten 5-2 by the Wallaceburg Griffins in their opener at Provincials, as David Withers accounted for all of the scoring for Sudbury.

Things did not improve much against the Arthur Aces, as the Rockhounds lost 6-4, finally bouncing back with a 6-4 win of their own over the Milton Mavericks.

While the Intermediates entered play with high hopes, the Sudbury Novice Rockhounds were more than willing to chalk this trip up to experience. The hope is to build a foundation from which the young crew can become increasingly more competitive, provincially speaking, in future years.

Plenty of goal scoring in game one, as the Innisfil Wolfpak upended the Rockhounds 9-5. Sudbury did manage to benefit from a fair bit of balance on the attack, as Carter Roney, Caden McDonald, Caden Dubreuil, Jacob Barney and Tyler Thompson all found the back of the net for head coach Ron Duguay.

The Northern Ontario Novices did not fare much better against Milton than did the Rockhound elder statesmen earlier in the week, as the Mavericks silenced Sudbury 5-1, with Tyler Thompson taking care of the offense.

In their best game of the weekend, the Rockhounds were defeated 8-5 by the Niagara-on-the-Lake Thunderhawks, after holding leads of 3-1 and 4-3 at the end of the first and second periods.

Thompson netted the hat-trick, Dubreuil and Barney scored once each, and goaltender Ethan Mourre was outstanding for Sudbury. The balance of the 2016 Novice Rockhounds' roster features Cooper Leblanc, Felix Chartrand, Joe Gouchie, Max McGregor, Sam Dumais, Aleksander Duguay, Hudson Bown-Downie and Peyton Hinschberger.

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