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Five points for Smith as Thunderbirds blank Wildcats

Five goals in the first period helped the Thunderbirds to a convincing win on home ice against Elliot Lake
2019-09-22 Soo Thunderbirds Nick Smith BC (1)
File photo. Soo Thunderbirds forward Nick Smith. Brad Coccimiglio/SooToday

After moving into third place in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s West Division with a win on Saturday night, the Soo Thunderbirds capped off weekend action with a convincing win on Sunday night.

The team opened up a 5-0 lead through one period and cruised to an 11-0 win over the Elliot Lake Wildcats on Sunday at the John Rhodes Community Centre.

Veteran forward Nick Smith led the Thunderbirds offensively with a goal and four assists.

In total, 10 Thunderbirds players had multi-point nights and 14 players registered at least one.

Warner Young had two goals and an assist for the locals.

Rylan Clemons and Jacob Kovacs had three-point nights as well with a goal and two assists each.

Cam Findlay, Brock Santa Maria, and Tyler Savard chipped in with a goal and an assist each.

Colton Hayes, Kurtis Rogers, and MacKenzie Walkington also scored.

Cooper Smyl, Dylan Parsons, and Will Josephson assisted on a pair of goals each for the Thunderbirds.

Making his first start with the Thunderbirds, Sam Evola made 37 saves for the shutout.

Elliot Lake goaltender Jonathan Lemaire made 25 saves.

The win improves the Thunderbirds record to 18-12-1-3.

Elliot Lake falls to 5-26-1-0 with the loss.

Next action for the Thunderbirds is Dec. 14 at home against the French River Rapids. Puck drop at the John Rhodes Community Centre is set for 7 p.m.

Brad Coccimiglio

About the Author: Brad Coccimiglio

A graduate of Loyalist College’s Sports Journalism program, Brad Coccimiglio’s work has appeared in The Hockey News as well as online at in addition to regular freelance work with SooToday before joining the team full time.
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