By Matt Stefano
After blanking the New Liskeard Cubs 3-0 last night at the Rankin Arena, the Soo Thunderbirds Midgets returned to the John Rhodes for their second straight meeting vs the Cubs.
At the 16:26 mark of the first, it would be Cayse Ton burying his twenty second of the season from Marshal Nitkitin and Calvin Chartrand to put New Liskeard up 1-0. Then on the powerplay, it would be Cayse Ton snapping one top left hand corner passed goaltender Jory Roberts for his second of the game and twenty third of the season from Marshal Nitkitin and Justin Brazeau putting the Cubs up by two with just fifty seven seconds to go in the first.
With the Soo trailing 2-0 heading into the middle frame, it would be Marshal Nitkitin’s eighteenth of the season and third point of the night giving New Liskeard a 3-0 lead from Gabriel Rheault and Cayse Ton just 2:54 in. Matt MacKay’s eleventh of the season on a wrap around cut the lead to 3-1 from Ryan Mulligan just 1:03 later.
The Soo would cut the lead to one just 2:05 into the third courtesy of Brad Thrower’s eleventh if the season from Noah Serre. Then with just 4:52 left in regulation, it would be Justin Brazeau’s eleventh of the season putting the Cubs up 4-2 from Cade Herd.
New Liskeard went on to beat the T-Birds 4-2 while splitting the weekend series at 1-1. Joey Roberts was in goal tonight for the Soo’s loss while Tyler Mazzocato recorded the win in net for the Cubs.
The T-Bird Midgets will now conclude the 2014 portion of their season on Sunday, December 21st to round out the weekend home series vs New Liskeard. Game time is 1:00 from the John Rhodes.