T-Birds Down Wildcats

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tbirdsFriday night marked game No. 100 for Soo Thunderbirds overage forward Nathan Hebert as the T-Birds were in Elliot Lake to take on the Wildcats. It also marked the debut of defenseman Mike Caruso, who was acquired in a trade with the Yarmouth Mariners while goaltender Mario Culina, who was reassigned from the Windsor Spitfires, served as a backup to Nathan Warren.

The T-Birds picked up their 18th victory in their 20th game of the season as they defeated the Elliot Lake Wildcats 5-2 at Centennial Arena.

Matt Caruso and Nathan Hebert led the way with a goal and an assist for the T-Birds while Matt Mitchell, Izaak Del Mastro and Brett Jeffries had the other goals for the Soo. Aiden Salerno, Brandon Grandinetti, Matt Pinder and Joey Miller all recorded an assist each.

T-Birds goaltender Nathan Warren made 20 saves for the victory.

Spencer MacLean led they way for the Wildcats with a goal and an assist while Chad Lopez also scored once. Drew Stirling had one assist on the night while Wildcats goaltender Al Rogers gave up 5 goals on 47 shots.

Next action for the T-Birds is Saturday, November 21st in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan against the Soo Eagles. Game time is 7:00 p.m. from the Pullar Stadium.

NOTE: The deadline to bid on the T-Birds pink jerseys is next Wednesday, and they are being auctioned right now on the Soo Thunderbirds Facebook page.

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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.