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Thunderbirds season concludes in Kirkland Lake

Tuesday, April 22, 2014   by: Brad Coccimiglio

The Soo Thunderbirds bid for a second Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League title in three seasons has come to an end.

The Thunderbirds dropped a 2-1 decision to the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners at the Joe Mavrinac Community Centre in Kirkland Lake on Tuesday night. The win gives the Gold Miners their first NOJHL title after winning the series in six games.

Everett Thompson’s power play goal with 1:42 left in the second period held up as the winner for the Gold Miners. Thompson drove the Thunderbirds net and converted a backhand past goaltender Joel Horodziejczyk after taking a feed from Damon MacEachern late in the period.

Thompson’s game winner game after the Thunderbirds tied the game at one midway through the second period on a Nicolas Tassone goal for the visitors at 10:47.

MacEachern had the other goal for Kirkland Lake in the win. Gold Miners goaltender Jeremy Pominville stopped 24 shots in the win.

Horodziejczyk stopped 24 shots for the Thunderbirds in the loss.

Kirkland Lake’s Austin Rust was named the NOJHL playoff MVP.

The Gold Miners now advance to the Dudley Hewitt Cup, which kicks off on Apr. 29 in Wellington, Ont. The Gold Miners will face the host-Wellington Dukes on day one.

File photo by SooToday.com's Kenneth Armstrong

To check out SooToday.com's live blog of Tuesday's game, click here

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CB4 4/23/2014 2:04:39 AM Report

How to attract quality players to KirkLand Lake, wow, that place is a shit hole
fasten8ing 4/23/2014 7:32:51 AM Report

Class comment coming from a dumbass.
Mr. Poster 4/23/2014 8:55:09 AM Report

Congrats to the tbirds for putting up a good fight....they did us proud.
Bob the builder 4/23/2014 9:31:43 AM Report

Yes, the T birds are a class act. From where I sit at the Greyhound games I hear nothing but praise from the Hounds fans who go to their games. Good luck next year.
old-cat33 4/23/2014 10:04:52 AM Report

Congratulations T-Birds on a great season! Kirkland Lake had to beat a good team and they did but not without a fight. Good luck next year.

Kirkland Lake is a nice place and to build a Jr.A team there deserves recognition.
business 4/23/2014 10:21:29 AM Report

Congrats to the T-Birds on a great year, it may not seem like it now to the players, but when they get a chance to look back on it, they will see exactly what they have achieved. Ranked first in the rankings for quite some time this year. Hold your heads up boys.
Alphie 4/23/2014 2:52:59 PM Report

CB4
At least Kirkland Lake has jobs what's this dump got?????
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