Thunderbirds open pre-season tournamentSaturday, August 31, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
The Soo Thunderbirds opened the Cottage Cup pre-season tournament in Elliot Lake with a victory on Friday evening.
The Thunderbirds picked up a 3-1 win over the North Bay Trappers.
A third-period power play goal by Derek Battagin lifted the Thunderbirds to the win. Gavin Burbach and Nate Fitzpatrick also scored for the Thunderbirds in the win while goaltender Devin Tappenden stopped 38 shots.
Jeremy Solomon chipped in with two assists for the Thunderbirds.
Zach Turner had the lone goal for the Trappers.
Friday’s other game at the tournament saw the Blind River Beavers pick up a 3-2 overtime win over the host Elliot Lake Bobcats. Dallas Miller had the game-winning goal for the Beavers. Samuel Wilber and Tyson Macleod also scored for the Beavers.
Aviv Miller and Dustin Cordeiro scored for Elliot Lake.
All four teams play twice on Saturday. Action opens with Blind River facing North Bay at 10 a.m. before the host-Bobcats and Thunderbirds meet at 12:30 p.m.
Evening action on Saturday has the Beavers meeting the Thunderbirds at 5 p.m. before Elliot Lake meets North Bay at 7:30 p.m.