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.
HEAD TO HEAD
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.
BAZARIN HITS THE ICE
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.
(Photo credit to Rod Aubertin)