Thunderbirds vs Lumberjacks Game Preview

By Matt Stefano

The Soo Thunderbirds will kick off a two-game homestand tonight at 7:00 p.m., when they take on the Hearst Lumberjacks at the John Rhodes Community Centre.

This will be the Lumberjacks first and only visit to the Soo this season.

The Thunderbirds, who are entering tonight’s game sitting in second place in the West Division with a record of 11 wins and 3 losses, will take on a Lumberjacks team that has a record of 7 wins, 7 losses and 1 overtime loss.

The Lumberjacks are currently fifth in the NOJHL’s East Division.

Last season, the Lumberjacks won the regular season series against the Thunderbirds two games to one and have outscored them 8-6.


Heading into tonight’s game, Thunderbirds second year defenceman Steven Bellini currently leads all NOJHL blueliners in scoring with 4 goals and 16 points in 13 games.


This past Thursday, forward  Matthew Bazarin recorded his first career three-point game, scoring twice and setting up another in a 5-2 road win over Rayside.

Since coming over to the Thunderbirds from the Stouffville Spirit, the Roseneath, Ontario native has 2 goals and 4 assists in 7 games.

His four assists also tied his assist totals from a year ago.


At every Soo Thunderbirds home game, one lucky fan will be selected to shoot for a chance to win a 2019 Polaris XC 129 along with the 2018 Polaris Indy 120!

The shooter who scores, will qualify to shoot again at the last home game of the regular season!

All fans who qualify for the Polaris Shootout will receive a $10 gift card courtesy of Subway!

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