Thunderbirds vs Express Game Preview

By Matt Stefano

The Soo Thunderbirds are ranked No. 2 in Canada for the second straight week, and tonight they will be in action at the John Rhodes at 7:00 p.m. for their second meeting of the season against the Espanola Express.

The Thunderbirds, who enter tonight’s game sitting in first place in the NOJHL’s West Division with a record of 7 wins and 0 losses, will take on the Espanola Express, who are currently last in the NOJHL’s West Division with a record of 2 win and 8 losses.


The Thunderbirds, who are 1-0 against the Express this season, defeated the Express 7-3 at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex back on September 21st.

Second year defenceman Steven Bellini led the way offensively that game, with his first career two-goal game along with adding an assist.

Goaltender William Anderson made 18 saves for the victory.


Captain Kaidan McDonald currently leads the NOJHL in game winning goals with 3 while  second year defenceman Steven Bellini, who was named the NOJHL defenceman of the month for September, currently sits tied for the league lead in goals (3), power play goals (2) and game winning goals (1) among defencemen.


Forward Matthew Bazarin, who was acquired in a trade with the OJHL’s Stouffville Spirit last week, will make his debut with the Thunderbirds tonight.

The Roseneath, Ontario native had 3 goals, 7 points and 129 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games last year with the Toronto Lake shore Patroits and the Stouffville Spirit.


Fans who attend tonight’s game, will have a chance to win two snowmobiles from Rivercity Motorsports!
Here’s how it works:
– A seat will be selected for someone to shoot during the 1st Intermission.
– The person selected will shoot from the Blue Line – closest to the net – for a chance to QUALIFY for a shot to win the 2019 Polaris XC 129 and the 2018 Polaris Indy 120.
– The person selected will be able to qualify by shooting the puck through one of the three holes on the board. If their shot goes through they will be invited back to our final home game of the regular season to shoot for the XC 129 and the Indy 120.


(Photo credit to Rod Aubertin)

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