Thunderbirds lose for the first time this season

After defeating the Elliot Lake Wildcats 5-2 on Sunday night at the John Rhodes Community Centre and improving their record to 9-0, the Soo Thunderbirds were in Sudbury on Tuesday afternoon for Day 1 of the 3rd Annual NOJHL Showcase as they took on the Powassan Voodoos.

The Thunderbirds, who entered Tuesday afternoon’s game as the top team in Canada, took on the Voodoos, who came in as the country’s fourth best team.

Not only were the Thunderbirds off to a 9-0 start, but they were also looking to improve their record to 10-0 for just the third time in franchise history.

Despite outshooting the Voodoos 39-24 overall, the Thunderbirds lost for the first time this season on Tuesday afternoon as they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Powassan Voodoos at Countryside Sports Complex in Sudbury.

Captain Kaidan McDonald had a power play goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds while Noah Boman also had a two point afternoon with a pair of assists.

Nick Smith had a power play goal for the Thunderbirds while Steven Bellini chipped in with one assist.

North Colbalt, Ontario native Cade Herd scored twice, including an empty netter along with adding an assist for the Voodoos while Tomas Yachmenev also had a three point afternoon with a goal and an two helpers.

Cameron Moore had the other goal (power play) goal for the Voodoos.

Joe Whittet had a pair of assists for the Voodoos while Ben Brunette also got on the scoresheet with one helper.

Thunderbirds goaltender William Anderson gave up 3 goals on 20 shots in the loss while Joe Vrbetic earned first star of the game, making 37 saves for the victory.

With the loss, the Thunderbirds record has now fallen to 9 wins and 1 loss while the Voodoos record improves to 9 wins, 0 losses and 1 overtime loss.

The Thunderbirds will conclude the 3rd Annual NOJHL Showcase on Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. against the defending NOJHL champion Cochrane Crunch.

(Photo credit to Rod Aubertin/

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