By Matt Stefano
After defeating the Blind River Beavers 8-5 on Friday night at the John Rhodes Community Centre, the Soo Thunderbirds made the trip to Blind River on Saturday for the second game of a home and home series against the Beavers.
Saturday night’s contest was also the eighth and final regular season meeting between the Thunderbirds and Beavers.
After falling behind 1-0 at the 2:18 mark of the first period, the Thunderbirds came back to score three unanswered goals to go on to defeat the Blind River Beavers 3-1 at the Blind River Community Centre on Saturday night.
Thunderbirds defenceman Braden King scored his first career game winning goal at the 18:03 mark of the second period from Tyler Malpass and Bradon Caruso.
Forwards Tanner Mayne and Nick Smith had a power play goal each for the Soo while Tristan Cicchello, Spencer Van Tiem, Mark Tassone and Robert Calisti all chipped in with an assist each.
Anthony Bastianello had the lone goal for the Beavers with Tristen Bernard picking up the only assist.
With the win, the Thunderbirds have now moved into a tie with the Rayside Balfour Canadians for first place in the NOJHL’s West Division with 71 points.
The Thunderbirds also hold a game in hand.
Holland, Michigan native Eric Schuch made 30 saves for the Thunderbirds victory while Beavers goaltender Cam Burggrabe gave up 3 goals on 44 shots in the loss.
The Soo will now conclude their three-game weekend on Sunday night in a make-up game against the French River Rapids at Noelville Arena.
Former Soo Thunderbird and current Soo Greyhounds forward Boris Kathcouk recorded his first career Ontario Hockey League hat trick in a 4-2 victory over the Windsor Spitfires on Saturday night at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario.
(Photo of Braden King credit to Jim Egan)