Thunderbirds double up Rapids

By Matt Stefano

After defeating the Powassan Voodoos by a score of 6-4 on Saturday night in Powassan and moving into sole possession of first place in the NOJHL standings, the Soo Thunderbirds were back in action less than twenty four hours later as they were in French River on Sunday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. game against the Rapids.

The Thunderbirds extended their winning streak to two games on Sunday afternoon as they doubled up the Rapids by a score of 4-2 at Noelville Arena.

Nick Smith, who had a shorthanded goal and three assists on Saturday night in Powassan, led the way offensively for the Thunderbirds once again on Sunday afternoon, scoring twice, including once on the power play.

Lucas Theriault and Avery Rebek had the other goals for the Thunderbirds while Kobe Seguin, Jonathan Mackin, Brendan Miller and Matthew Bazarin all chipped in with one assist each.

Hunter Brazier (power play) and Levi Siau had the goals for the Rapids while Alex Paul, Will Frustaglio, Dustin Roitelman and Jacob Romano all had one assist each.

Rapids goaltender Kevin Tardiff gave up four goals on thirty six shots in the loss.

Thunderbirds netminder William Anderson had his busiest game of his NOJHL season on Sunday afternoon, making forty nine stops for the victory.

The Thunderbirds will now play their first home game of the year 2019 this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., when they take on the Espanola Express at the GFL Memorial Gardens.


Following Friday night’s 4-1 loss in Kirkland Lake, two sets of goalie pads were stolen on the Soo Thunderbirds bus.

The theft occurred sometime between 11:00 p.m. on Friday night and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning just outside of the Comfort Inn Hotel in Kirkland Lake.

Fortunately the goalie pads that belonged to Thunderbird goaltenders Colin Ahern and William Anderson were found on Saturday evening and were then in the possession of the Kirkland Lake Ontario Provincial Police.

The Thunderbirds drove to the Tamagami OPP detachment on Sunday morning to pick the pads up.

One of the officers who helped locate the two sets of goalie pads, was constable Brandon Warmington, who is also former Soo Thunderbird.

Warmington played one season with the Thunderbirds back in 2012-2013.

(Photo credit to Rod Aubertin/

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