T-Birds ten game winning streak snapped

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Gage Stephney credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography
Gage Stephney credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography

After beating the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 4-3 in overtime one night ago, and extending their winning streak to ten games, the Soo Thunderbirds were in Powassan on Saturday night in a battle of the top two teams in the NOJHL.

The T-Birds, who won ten in a row, were up against a Voodoos team, who were winners of twenty one straight.

On Saturday night, the T-Birds had the ten game winning streak snapped as they fell 5-3 to the Powassan Voodoos at Powassan Sportsplex.

Greg Smith led the way offensively for the T-Birds with a goal and an assist while Austin Kozluk and Noah Solinger had a goal each.

T-Birds forward Gage Stephney had one assist on the night, giving him twenty points on the season.

Gary Mantz led the way offensively for the Voodoos with three assists while Parker Bowman, Gabriel Rheault and Cade Herd all had a goal and an assist each.

Rhys Brown and Andy Baker (power play) had the other goals for Powassan while Ryan Theriault and Ryan Bazzana set up a goal each.

Brandon Gordon gave up 5 goals on 37 shots in the T-Birds loss while Nate McDonald made 33 saves for the Voodoos twenty second straight victory.

The T-Birds will now play their final game of 2016 on Sunday, December 18th at 2:00 p.m. against the French River Rapids at Noelville Arena.

The Rapids currently sit last in the NOJHL standings with only four points on the season.

(Photo of Gage Stephney credit to James Egan’s Sports Photography)

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Matt Stefano
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.