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Well fans, as we know they still have another mission to accomplish but your Soo Thunderbirds have defeated the host team Fort Frances Lakers 3-2 tonight at the Ice For Kids Arena and are crowned 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup champions. It was a historic night as 1357 fans packed the rink for the highest attendance in a Dudley Hewitt Cup championship game.

The teams skated scoreless after the first until Nick Tassone put the T-Birds up 1-0 at 10:09 of the second from Eric Hillock and Joey Miller. Tournament’s leading point man Wyatt Cota would tie things up at 14:51 from Dylan Robertson and Nolan Ross. Nick Tassone’s second of the game at 18:14 from David Radke and Joey Miller put the Soo back ahead 2-1. Nick Minerva’s goal just fourty three seconds later from Wyatt Costa tied things up at two through fourty minutes of action.

With the teams tied at two heading into the final frame, the T-Birds found themselves in a similar position they were in back on April 29th when them and the Lakers were tied at two after the second before going on to defeat Fort Frances 6-3. The question was, Can the T-Birds do it in the third?

All it took was a tally by Matt Pinder just 4:05 into the third from Boris Katchouk and Brett Jeffries which proved to be the winner as the Soo Thunderbirds would go on to win the Dudley Hewitt Cup for the first time since 2012.

Mario Culina made thirty stops for the victory and led the tournament in minutes played at 199:11 along with being tied with Fort Frances goaltender Pierce Dushenko for two wins. Matt Pinder led the tournament with four goals including a pair of powerplay markers while Boris Katchouk came finished in game winning goals with two.

With the victory, your 2015 Dudley Hewitt Cup champions finished the tournament with a record of 3-0-0-1 and have now advanced to the RBC cup tournament on May 9th, held in Portage, la prairie, Man.

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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.