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Thunderbirds end road trip with loss

The Rayside-Balfour Canadians got a late goal to beat the Soo Thunderbirds on Sunday evening
2019-09-22 Soo Thunderbirds Nick Smith BC (1)
File photo. Soo Thunderbirds forward Nick Smith. Brad Coccimiglio/SooToday

In Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action on Sunday evening, the Soo Thunderbirds dropped a 3-2 decision on the road to the Rayside-Balfour Canadians at Chelmsford Arena.

Matthew Belanger scored the game-winning goal with 3:20 to go in the third period, breaking a 2-2 at the time.

Nick Smith and Cam Findlay scored for the Thunderbirds while goaltender Ethan Racz stopped 32 shots.

Brady Maltais and Giordano Biondi had the other Rayside-Balfour goals.

Canadians goaltender Cameron Lamour stopped 22 shots.

The Thunderbirds next scheduled game is Dec. 7 at home against the Soo (Mich.) Eagles in a 7 p.m. puck drop at the John Rhodes Community Centre.

The team is also awaiting confirmation of a new date for their game scheduled for Nov. 27 against Rayside-Balfour. The game was postponed due to weather.


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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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