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Eskimos host Cubs Saturday

The Abitibi Eskimos will put their undefeated streak at the Jus Jordan Arena on the line Saturday night when they face off against the Sudbury Cubs.

The Northern Ontario Junior ‘A’ Hockey League rivals have split a pair of games this season, with each team winning on home ice — Eastern Division leading Sudbury 9-5 and Abitibi 6-5 in overtime.

Saturday’s game, scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., is the first of two weekend games for the Eskimos, who will travel to North Bay on Sunday to play the Trappers at 7 p.m.

The Eskimos and the Trappers sport identical records of 5-4-0 and are tied for second place in the Eastern Division.

With a few injuries, the Eskimos have added Preston Lacasse to the lineup.

The Iroquois Falls native played in 49 games with the Eskimos during the 2010-11 season, notching 18 goals and 24 assists, to go along with 58 minutes in penalties.

Speaking of scoring, Hearst native Marc-Alain Begin has been selected one of the NOJHL’s Stars of the Week.

Feasting on the rival Kirkland Lake Blue Devils in a home-and-home series last weekend, Begin racked up 12 points.

The offensive outburst has moved him to within five points of Sudbury’s Jordan Carroll, who leads the NOJHL in scoring with 31 points.

Begin has two games in hand on Carroll, however.

The league’s other two stars of the week are Soo Eagles forward Brian Depp and Sudbury Cub Jamie Haines.

 Kirkland Lake Blue Devil Matt Scherer, who received a match penalty in last Saturday’s game in Iroquois Falls against the Eskimos has been suspended eight games for the incident — four for the match penalty and an additional four games.