Van Tiem scores first goal against Elliot Lake

Photo of Spencer Van Tiem credit to Jim Egan

After defeating the Espanola Express 11-2 this past Sunday afternoon at the John Rhodes Community Centre, the Soo Thunderbirds kicked off their three-game weekend on Friday night in Elliot Lake.

On Friday night, the line of Nick Smith (1g 2a), Mark Tassone (2g 0a) and Camaryn Baber (0g 2a) combined for 7 points as the Thunderbirds defeated the Elliot Lake Wildcats 4-3 at Centennial Arena.

Thunderbirds forward Nick Smith, who entered Friday night’s game with 30 goals on the season, scored his team leading 31st goal on the power play just 37 seconds into the second period.

Thunderbirds forward Spencer Van Tiem scored his first NOJHL goal at the 1:31 mark of the second period, which proved to be the game winner.

Van Tiem, a native of Birmingham, Michigan, entered Friday night’s game with one assist in four games since joining the Thunderbirds.

Bradon Caruso, Austin Heinrich, Lucas Theriault and Steven Bellini all had an assist each for the Thunderbirds.

Wildcats assistant captain Jacob Kelly had a pair of goals, including one on the power play while Andrew Malby found the back of the net once.

Wildcats assistant captain William Bucsis had three assists on the night, which extended his point streak to eight games.

David Elford and Ryan Burlington had one assist each for the Wildcats.

Thunderbirds goaltender Eric Schuch made 33 saves for the win while Wildcats goaltender Logan Sawka gave up 4 goals on 39 shots in the loss.

The Soo will be back in action on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. when they visit the Blind River Community Centre to take on the Blind River Beavers.


On Friday, the NOJHL announced a make-up date for the Soo Thunderbirds road game in French River, which was supposed to be played on January 7th, has now been rescheduled for February 25th at 6:00 p.m. at the Noelville Arena.

The game back on January 7th was postponed due to inclement whether.


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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.