Majors sweep three games on road

The Timmins Majors defeated the North Bay Minor Trappers 5-3 at the Sportsplex Sunday afternoon to complete a sweep of their three-game weekend road trip.

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POWASSAN — The Timmins Majors defeated the North Bay Minor Trappers 5-3 at the Sportsplex Sunday afternoon to complete a sweep of their three-game weekend road trip.

After beating the Cubs 5-2 in New Liskeard Friday night, the Majors held on to edge the North Bay Major Trappers 4-3 Saturday night, setting up Sunday’s contest.

The two sides exchanged first period goals, with blue-liner Jeremy Jeffries second tally of the season putting the Majors in front 1-0 and Brett Richardson’s unassisted shorthanded marker, his first of the afternoon and 14th of the season tying things up for the home side.

Second-period goals by Jesse Dupuis, his 14th of the season, and Harry Clark, his first of two on the afternoon and 13th of the campaign, gave the Majors a 3-1 lead before the 10-minute mark.

The Minor Trappers were able to pull within a goal before the end of the frame, however, thanks to Richardson’s second goal of the afternoon and 15th of the season.

Nico Laforge collected the Minor Trappers’ second unassisted shorthanded goal of the game, his 17th tally of the season to tie things up at 3-3 at the 8:01 mark of the third period.

The score remained deadlocked until late in regulation when blue-liner Mason Berthiaume netted his second-straight game-winning goal of the road trip with 3:44 remaining on the clock and the Majors on the power play.

It was Berthiaume’s 10th goal of the season.

Clark then added a little insurance when he deposited his second goal of the afternoon and 14th of the campaign into an empty North Bay net with goalie Caelan McAuliffe on the bench in favour of an extra attacker.

For the third-straight game, Julien Lefebvre was between the pipes to earn the win for the Majors.

McAuliffe went the distance in net for the Minor Trappers and he was tagged with the loss.

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Berthiaume’s second goal of the game, with just 44 seconds remaining in regulation, lifted the Majors to a 4-3 win over the North Bay Major Trappers at the Powassan Sportsplex Saturday night.

Following a scoreless first period Saturday night, the Majors got on the scoreboard first, courtesy of Jesse Dupuis’ 13th goal of the season at the 4:49 mark of the middle frame.

Justin Charette followed with his sixth goal of the campaign seven minutes later to put the Majors in front 2-0.

The Major Trappers pulled to within one goal with just over four minutes remaining in the opening period when Nathaniel Lalonde found the back of the net for his 28th tally of the season.

Ethan Masson’s first of two goals on the night and 15th of the season got the Major Trappers back on even terms at the 5:16 mark of the third period.

The Majors regained the lead, however, when Berthiaume scored the first of his two goals on the night and eighth of the season with 3:50 remaining in regulation.

Berthiaume then provided some badly needed insurance when he notched his second goal of the night and ninth of the season to make it a 4-2 hockey game.

The importance of that goal would be realized when Masson found the back of the Majors’ net for his second goal of the night and 1th of the campaign with just two seconds remaining on the clock.

It was too little, too late, however, as the Majors held on for the 4-3 victory.

With the victory, the Majors (13-15-2-1) are now just six points behind the fourth-place Major Trappers (17-12-0-1) in the GNML standings.

Lefebvre, who went the distance in net to collect the victory, also picked up an assist on Berthiaume’s game-winning goal.

Owen Wray, of the Major Trappers, was tagged with the loss.

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The Majors dumped the Cubs 5-2 at the Don Shepherdson Memorial Arena Friday night to reclaim fifth place in the Great North Midget League standings.

The Majors jumped out to a 3-1 first-period lead and never looked back.

Desmond Brazeau got the Majors on the scoreboard first when he scored his sixth goal of the season at the 6:54 mark of the opening period.

Two-and-a-half minutes later, the Cubs got back on even terms courtesy of Andrew Rowell’s 13th goal of the campaign.

The Majors regained the lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the frame, thanks to a Charette power-play marker, his fifth goal of the season.

Then, with 3:03 remaining on the clock, Landon Deforge struck for an unassisted shorthanded marker that would prove to be the game-winning goal. It was his 12th goal of the season.

A Nolan Ring unassisted goal, his 12th tally of the campaign, at the 3:03 mark of the second period extended the Majors’ lead to 4-1.

The Cubs were able to cut their deficit to a pair of goals late in the frame when Benjamin White notched a power-play marker, his 18th tally of the season.

Blue-liner Keaston Blais’ third goal of the campaign with just over five minutes remaining in the third period closed out the scoring and made the final 5-2 in favour of the visitors.

Lefebvre went the distance in goal for the Majors to earn the victory, while Cubs netminder Zach Prusky was tagged with the loss.

The Majors will conclude their three-game road trip by taking on the Minor Trappers at the Powassan Sportsplex Sunday afternoon.

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