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Thunderbirds and Eagles meet for the fifth time tonight

By Matt Stefano

After dropping a 6-3 decision to the Greater Sudbury Cubs back on Saturday night in the Soo, the Soo Thunderbirds will be looking to get back on the winning track tonight at 7:00 p.m. as they will take on their International Bridge rivals, the Soo Eagles at the John Rhodes.

The Thunderbirds, who are coming off a 6-3 loss to Cubs, are entering tonight’s game sitting in 3rd place in the NOJHL’s West Division standings with a record of 14 wins, 9 losses, 2 overtime losses and 1 shootout loss, good for 31 points on the season.

The Eagles, who are coming off a 3-2 win over the Cochrane Crunch last Saturday night in Cochrane, are entering tonight’s game sitting in 4th place in the NOJHL’s West Division standings with a record of 12 wins, 8 losses and 2 overtime losses, good for 26 points.

Tonight’s game will also be the fifth meeting of the season between these two teams.


The last time the Thunderbirds and the Eagles met, was one week ago today, when the Thunderbirds fell to the Eagles by a score of 5-2 at the Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

During that game, the Thunderbirds got power play goals from forwards Jackson Truchan and Michael Chaffay.


During last Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Cochrane, Soo Eagles rookie forward Nolan Hendry scored two goals, including the game-winner, good for his second career multi-goal game.

Hendry, who scored two goals last Saturday night in Cochrane, is entering tonight’s game with 7 goals and 17 points on the season, and is also currently tied for third in team scoring with second-year forward Brian Fiddes.


Since coming over to the Thunderbirds in a trade with the Brockville Braves 12 days ago, newly acquired forward Alex Remenda has put up 2 points in 4 games played.

In last Saturday’s 6-3 loss against the Greater Sudbury Cubs, Remenda recorded one assist, which gave him his first career NOJHL assist.

In his NOJHL debut with the Thunderbirds back on Saturday, November 12 against the Cochrane Crunch, the Thunder Bay, Ontario product finished the night with one goal, which was his first career NOJHL tally.

Before coming over to the Thunderbirds 12 days ago, Remenda had 0 points in 8 games as a member of the Brockville Braves.

(Photo of Thunderbirds forward Michael Chaffay credit to Bob Davies)

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