Once the Sudbury Nickel Barons get rolling, it’s hard to stop them. The Sudbury Junior A team has twice blazed its way through multiple-game-winning streaks this season.
The local NOJHL squad kicked off the season going undefeated through the entire month of September. They counted 47 goals in the eight-game streak, while allowing only 22 goals against.
On Dec. 5, the Nickel Barons got hot again, this time winning 10 games straight, before falling to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners on Jan. 26. The margin of goals for and against was 43-22 for the Nickel Barons.
The 10-game streak marked the most consecutive wins by a team in the NOJHL this year.
As of Sports Life’s press deadline, the Nickel Barons were in third place in league standings. Forwards Sebastien Leroux and Darcy Haines were among the league leaders, with one or both taking a top five spot in the offensive leaders, goal-scoring leaders and assist-scoring leaders categories. Michael Muzyka and Alex Laino were both ranked in the league’s top five in the goaltending leaders category.
The team has three regular season games remaining, playing the Soo Thunderbirds at home March 6, before heading on the road for games against the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners March 8 and the Thunderbirds again on March 10.