It is one of those weekend triple-headers that are a fact of life in the Great North Midget Hockey League. In this instance, the New Liskeard Cubs are headed to the Soo this weekend for a trio of tilts versus the Jr. Greyhounds.
The Cubs will bring a record of 5-6-1 to the Soo to take on the first-place Jr. Greyhounds, who have played six more games than New Liskeard and have 12-4-2 mark.
The triad of tests between the two teams are slated for Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. at John Rhodes Community Centre.
There has been just one match between the Jr. Greyhounds and Cubs thus far this season with the Soo scoring an 8-4 decision at New Liskeard back on October 4.
The Cubs have shown improvement since then and Jr. Greyhounds head coach Jamie Henderson is more than aware of that.
“We played them early on and I think we had been on the ice before them with our summer training and all of that so we probably had a good jump on them,” relayed Henderson on a recent edition of the Hockey North Show on Sault Ste. Marie radio station ESPN 1400.
Rookie forward Devin Mauro, who leads the Jr. Hounds and the Great North in scoring with 13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points, concurred with his coach.
“We can’t take any team in the league lightly,” said Mauro. “New Liskeard has a lot of good players and as a team they have been playing a lot better lately.”
The Cubs can score goals and are averaging just under five markers per outing, having lit the lamp 59 times in 12 games. The Jr. Greyhounds, on the other hand, have scored 80 goals in 18 games, which averages out to just under 4.5 tallies per match.
Matt Hill leads New Liskeard in goals with nine while Zach Lajoie has eight and Jackson Buffam and Benjamin White have both tallied seven times in just 12 games.
As for the Soo, besides Mauro and his 13 goals, Michael Chaffay has 12, Ethan Esposito has 11 and Dylan Forsyth has tweaked the twine eight times.
PHOTO: Kevin McLean and Joshua Kingsbury of the New Liskeard Cubs.