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Thunderbirds winning streak snapped in trip finale

A loss to the Rayside-Balfour Canadians Sunday night snapped the Soo Thunderbirds six-game winning streak
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 A three-game road trip ended on a tough note for the Soo Thunderbirds on Sunday night.

The Rayside-Balfour Canadians opened up a 3-0 lead and beat the Thunderbirds 5-2 Sunday in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action.

Oliver Smith’s shorthanded goal 13 seconds into the second period was the eventual game-winner for the Canadians.

Rayside-Balfour goaltender Cameron Lamour stopped 41 shots, including 19 in the second period.

Zacharie Giroux had a goal and an assist for Rayside-Balfour. Zachary Snow also had two points, assisting on a pair of goals.

Matthew Belanger, Nicholas DeGrazia, Samuel Vachon also scored for the Canadians.

Avery Rebek and Cooper Smyl scored for the Thunderbirds.

Goaltender Dakota Meyer made 34 saves.

Sunday’s loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Thunderbirds.

The team falls to 14-10-1-2.

The Thunderbirds return to action on Nov. 22 at home against the Powassan Voodoos.

The win improves the Canadians record to 17-7-2-0.

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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