The major midget Soo Greyhounds needed overtime to eke out a 3-2 decision over the minor midget Soo Thunderbirds in Great North Midget Hockey League action from Wednesday.
After the Thunderbirds had battled back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime, Jonathan Mackin scored the winning goal for the Greyhounds in the early seconds of the extra frame.
Parker Morgan and Caleb Wood had staked the Soo major midgets to a 2-0 lead before the Soo minor midgets came back to tie the game on goals by Mateo Perri and Michael Chaffay. Perri’s goal was shorthanded.
The Soo minor midgets played the game minus suspended scoring leader Justin Mauro but were still able to extend the Soo major midgets to overtime. The Soo minor midgets also lost forward Brock Santa Maria with a first period leg injury that will require surgery.
No less than 16 penalties were called in the game with the Soo major midgets taking 11 of them.
Andrew Uschenko picked up the win between the pipes for the Greyhounds while Noah Zeppa helped the Thunderbirds earn a point from the overtime decision.
The game ended the regular season for the Greyhounds, who finish the 36-game slate in the major midget division with a record of 13-19-4.
The point lifted the Thunderbirds record to 2-16-4 in the minor midget division with two games left to play in the regular season.
The 2017-2018 regular season ends on February 7 with playoffs to follow in the major midget division.
And the first-ever Northern Ontario Cup will be up for grabs between the three minor midget teams from the Great North — the Thunderbirds, Sudbury Wolves and North Bay Trappers — as well as the Thunder Bay Kings from northwestern Ontario.
The Northern Ontario Cup will be held in Sault Ste. Marie from March 2-4.
PHOTO: Soo Greyhounds major midget goalie Andrew Uschenko.