By Matt Stefano
The Soo Thunderbirds were looking to make it two straight wins tonight as the Sudbury Nickel Barons came to town on a two game winning streak. Tonight also marked the return of captain Anthony Miller after serving a one game suspension last night vs Blind River.
Soo Michigan product Eric Hillock scored his eighth of the season on the power play at 18:41 with assists going to Nick Tassone and Matt Busby putting the Soo up 1-0. Sudbury would tie it at one with just twenty seven seconds left to go in the first courtesy of Jimmy Roy’s ninth of the season from Christopher Rossi and Jacob Bonin.
Joey Ogden who has been hot as of late would extend his point streak to nine games notching his tenth of the season just twenty four seconds into the second from Joey Miller and Jaren Bellini to put the Soo back in front 2-1. Matthew Mitchell’s fifth goal of the season and second in as many nights would put the Soo up 3-1 from Eric Hillock and Anthony Miller at 4:31. Dylan Callaghan’s powerplay goal at 18:21 would cut the lead to 3-2 with assists going to Kyle Fransen along with Jacob Bonin picking up his second helper of the night.
With the Soo up 3-2 heading into the third, it would be Christopher Rossi tying it up with his seventh if the season from Ryan Theriault and Ryan Mooney at 7:49. The score was tied 3-3 through regulation and the for the first time since November 21st, the Soo was headed to overtime but it would be the Nickel Barons coming out on top as Brad Sutton notched his sixth goal of the season at 2:41 from Brett Whitehead and Kyle Fransen as the Soo dropped to Sudbury 4-3 in overtime picking up three out of a possible four points on the weekend. Eric Hillock led the way offensively for the T-Birds with a goal and an assist while Brian Kment made twenty six saves for the loss.
The Soo was minus forward Boris Katchouk tonight after getting called up to the Greyhounds. Next action for the Thunderbirds is Tuesday, December 16th when they take on the Blind River Beavers at 7:30 from the John Rhodes.