Skip to content

Savard leads Thunderbirds to road win

Tyler Savard had a goal and an assist as the Thunderbirds picked up a road win against Rayside-Balfour
2019-09-08 Soo Thunderbirds Stock BC
Brad Coccimiglio/SooToday

A six-game losing skid seems to be in the rear-view mirror for the Soo Thunderbirds.

Thanks to an overtime goal by Tyler Savard, the Thunderbirds beat the Rayside-Balfour Canadians 2-1 on Sunday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action in Chelmsford.

The win extends the Thunderbirds current winning streak to four and the team has now won five of its last six games to improve to 8-7-1-2.

Savard scored the winner on a rebound after Nick Smith drove past a Rayside defender but was stopped initially. The puck dropped in the crease and Savard scored on the rebound,

Savard and Smith each finished the night with a goal and an assist.

Goaltender Colin Ahern stopped 31 shots, including 15 in the third period, for the Thunderbirds.

Matthew Belanger had the lone goal for the Canadians.

Rayside goaltender Nicholas Heinzle made 26 saves.

The Canadians fall to 11-6-1-0 with Sunday’s loss.

The Thunderbirds return to action on Oct. 25 when the team hosts Rayside in a 7 p.m. start at the John Rhodes Community Centre.


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.
Read more