T-Birds Grab Game Two

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By Matt Stefano

After an 11-0 victory in game 1 on Thursday at the Rhodes, the Soo Thunderbirds traveled to Blind River for Game 2 of the best of seven West Division Semifinal matchup.

The Soo ran up the scoreboard once again with a 10-1 victory to take a 2-0 series lead.

Matt Caruso scored three times for his first career hat trick while Nick Sicoly also had a three point night with three helpers along with Eric Hillock, who had a goal and two assists and Jaren Bellini, who had two goals and one assist. Captain Anthony Miller and Matt Mitchell each had a two point night with a goal and an assist while Matt Pinder set up two others. David Radke and Matt Busby had one goal while single assists went to Devin Shell, Nick Tassone, Andrew Barbeau, Brett Jeffries and Connor Dea.

Matt DaCosta scored the lone goal for the Beavers with assists going to Alex Cyrenne and Alex Kidd.

Beavers goalie Zach Mills was replaced by Braddock Baalerud after the first giving up four goals on eighteen shots.

Mario Culina made eighteen saves for his first career playoff win.

Game 3 goes tomorrow night at 7:30 from the Rhodes.