Thunderbirds suffer first loss of young seasonSunday, September 23, 2012 by: Brad Coccimiglio
IROQUOIS FALLS, ONT. – Richard Therrien scored 46 seconds into overtime to hand the Soo Thunderbirds their first loss of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League season on Saturday night.
Therrien lit up the Thunderbirds for four goals on Saturday night as the Abitibi Eskimos handed the Thunderbirds a 5-4 overtime loss. The loss drops the Thunderbirds record to 3-1-1 while the Eskimos picked up their first victory of the season in five outings.
Adam Ritchie scored a pair of goals for the Thunderbirds in the loss while Darcy Casola added a goal and an assist. Joey Couture had a pair of assists in the loss. Joey Miller scored the other Thunderbirds goal.
Thunderbirds goaltender Steven Dombrowski stopped 30 shots in the loss.
Ryan Kerr and Simon Desrosiers had two assists each while Daniel Villeneuve scored the other Abitibi goal in the win.
Eskimos goaltender Marc Audet stopped 21 shots in the win.
The Thunderbirds cap off their three-game road trip with a Sunday matinee in North Bay against the Trappers.
In Blind River, Scott Marshall had a goal and two assists to pace the Blind River Beavers to a 5-1 win over the Elliot Lake Bobcats. Samuel Wilbur added a goal and an assist for the Beavers while Bruce Cada, Cray Roberge and Adam Newkirk also scored. Beavers goaltender Brandon Currie stopped 46 shots in the win. Nicholas Tassone had the lone goal for the Bobcats while goaltender Cory Simic was even busier than his Beavers counterpart, stopping 49 shots.