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Thunderbirds split at NOJHL showcase

The team opened the event with a loss to Powassan on Tuesday before beating Cochrane on Wednesday
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Competing in the annual Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League showcase, the Soo Thunderbirds will return home with a win and a loss.

The Thunderbirds wrapped up the two-day event in Sudbury on Wednesday with a 4-3 shootout win over the Cochrane Crunch. 

Lucas Theriault had the shootout winner for the Thunderbirds. 

It capped off a day in which the high-scoring forward had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds.

Noah Boman also had a goal and an assist on Wednesday for the Thunderbirds. Tyler Malpass had the other Thunderbirds goal. 

Goaltender Colin Ahern made 31 saves for the Thunderbirds and stopped all three Cochrane shooters in the shootout.

Baldino Aiello had a goal and an assist for Cochrane. Tristan Taillefer and Owen Perala also scored.

Cochrane goaltender Shayne Battler stopped 29 shots.

In their showcase opener on Tuesday, the Thunderbirds dropped a 4-2 decision to the Powassan Voodoos.

Cade Herd had two goals and an assist for Powassan while Tomas Yachmenev chipped in with a goal and two assists.

Cameron Moore also scored for the Voodoos. Joe WHittet set up a pair of Powassan goals. 

Joe Vrbetic made 37 saves for Powassan.

Kaidan McDonald had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds on Tuesday. Nick Smith also scored. Boman assisted on both Sault goals.

Thunderbirds goaltender William Anderson made 20 saves against Powassan.

The Thunderbirds come out of the showcase with a 10-1-0-0 record and sit in top spot in the NOJHL’s West Division.

The Thunderbirds return to action on Saturday night at home against the Rayside-Balfour Canadians. 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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