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Thunderbirds continue winning streak, take over top spot

Winning five in a row has helped lift the Soo Thunderbirds into top spot in the NOJHL's West Division
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Riding a four-game winning streak, the Soo Thunderbirds made the most of an opportunity on Saturday night on the road.

The Thunderbirds scored three unanswered goals to beat the Blind River Beavers 3-1 in Blind River Saturday and take over top spot in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s West Division in the process.

After Dylan McMahon opened the scoring for the Beavers just over three minutes into the second period, goals by Lucas Theriault and Alex Acosta gave the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.

Nolan Ford would seal the win for the Thunderbirds with an empty net goal in the final minute of play.

Theriault finished the night with a goal and an assist while Kaiden MacDonald assisted on a pair of goals for the Thunderbirds.

Goaltender Brandon Gordon made 35 saves for the Thunderbirds.

At the other end of the ice, Michael Corson made 40 saves for Blind River.

The Thunderbirds will take a 19-7-2-0 record into a home game on Sunday afternoon against the Espanola Express. Puck drop at the John Rhodes Community Centre is set for 3 p.m.

Blind River falls to 19-14-1-0 and will also be in action on Sunday in Chelmsford against the Rayside Balfour Canadians.

Rayside is also in the battle for top spot in the West Division sitting three points behind Blind River and four behind the Thunderbirds.