Birds Eliminated From Semifinal


With an 0-2 record heading into Tuesday’s action, things didn’t get any easier for the Soo Thunderbirds as they faced the top team in the nation Portage Terriers who entered tonight with one win and a loss. The T-Birds needed a win to keep their semifinal hopes alive.

The Soo dropped a 7-2 decision to the Portage Terriers which now puts the T-Birds record at 0-3, heading into their final game on Thursday afternoon. Anthony Miller was named player of the game for the T-Birds notching one goal while Eric Hillock had the other. Matt Busby, Joey Miller and David Radke had the assists for the Soo.

Brad Bowles led the way for the host team Terriers with a hat trick and an assist. Tanner Ago and Carson Perreaux each registered a goal and an assist while single tallies went to Grant Valiquette and Jordyn Boyd. David Ross, Kevin Pochuk, Shawn Bowles, Garick Gray, Ryan Swier, Zack Waldvogel and Tyler Jeanson all recorded single assists.

Mario Culina was replaced by Brian Kment late in the third after giving up seven goals on thirty shots. Kment made four saves on four shots to end the night.

The Thunderbirds will now face the Penticton Fees on Thursday afternoon at 3pm from the PCU Centre.

In alumni news, former Soo Thunderbirds defenceman Michael Quesnele has committed to the Genting Casino Conventry Blaze of the EIHL. The twenty six year old who served as an assistant captain with the Lakehead Thunderwolves this past season, played in twenty seven games with the Thunderbirds during the 2005-2006 season, scoring nineteen points and thirty seven penalty minutes before earning a full time OHL spot with the Soo Greyhounds. Quesnele is also the Hounds second all time leader in games played with 294 sitting behind Mike Oliverio at 313.

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Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.