SUDBURY, Ont. – The Thunder Bay bantam AAA Kings stayed unbeaten while the peewee Kings suffered their first setback in evening play Friday at the 36th annual Big Nickel hockey tournament in Sudbury.
Thunder Bay moved to 3-0 in the bantam division after defeating the Clarington Toros 2-1 while the peewees fell 3-0 to the Eastern Ontario Wild.
Keighan Gerrie got the Kings going against the Toros as he struck shorthanded for an unassisted goal with 3:46 to go in the opening period.
They then got another via special teams as Levi Siau notched a power play marker in the final minute of the first.
It remained 2-0 until 13 seconds remaining in the contest when Clarington dashed Jordan Smith’s second consecutive shutout bid on a Dakota Betts tally.
The bantam Kings conclude round robin action Saturday when they take on the Upper Canada Cyclones at 11 a.m.
Meanwhile for the peewees, after opening up with a 7-0 triumph vs. the Central Ontario Wolves earlier in the day, they were blanked 3-0 by the Eastern Ontario in their second contest.
Two more tilts are on their slate Saturday starting with a 9:45 a.m. encounter vs. the Nickel City Sons followed by a 3 p.m. match-up against the Markham Majors.
The tournament website can be found online at www.bignickelhockey.com.