Espanola Rivermen defeated the lowly Sudbury Royals 7-4 in the lone Canadian International Hockey League game played on Sunday.
The second-place Rivermen built up a 3-0 lead in the first period on a pair of goals from Andrew Demarco and a solo tally by Brandon Major .
Matt St Jean and Patrick Syvret scored for Sudbury in the second period but Espanola’s Adam Johns and Izaak Picken restored the three-goal cushion before the end of the frame.
In the third, Tyler Sullivan scored for Sudbury to bring the Royals to within two goals but Cameron Anklewich put the Rivermen back up by three.
Sudbury’s Tyler Rochon and Espanola’s Alex Zerbel then traded last-minute markers for the 7-4 final.
The victory boosts Espanola’s record to 17-11-1 while Sudbury falls to 0-17-1 with its latest loss.