Thunderbirds are going to game 7


A series is not over until it’s over!

That’s what the Soo Thunderbirds have proved so far in this NOJHL West Division semifinal series against the Soo Eagles.

Photo of Robert Calisti credit to Jim Egan

After picking up a big 3-0 victory in game 5 last Saturday at the John Rhodes Community Centre and cutting the series lead to 3-2, the Soo Thunderbirds were hoping to keep their season alive this time in front of the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan faithful on Monday night at the Pullar Stadium.

On Monday night, the Soo Thunderbirds tied the best of seven series up at three games a piece as they held on to defeat the Soo Eagles 2-1 in game 6 of the NOJHL’s West Division semifinal series.

Eagles forward Jake Lamberty got the first goal of the game at the 7:15 mark of the second period, giving his club a 1-0 lead.

Kellen Tharaldson and Jacob Palmerio had the assists on Lamberty’s first tally of the postseason.

Barrie, Ontario product Tanner Mayne would get his first career playoff goal at the 9:18 mark of the second period from Brendan Miller, tying the game up at one.

Then, with just 7 seconds to go in the middle frame, it would be Soo Greyhounds 2017 3rd round pick Robert Calisti getting his first career playoff tally, which proved to be the game winner for the Thunderbirds.

Thunderbirds goaltender Eric Schuch, who picked up his first career playoff shutout and win in game 5 last Saturday at the Rhodes, made 28 saves for his second straight win in game 6 on Monday night at the Pullar Stadium.

Eagles goaltender Carter McPhail gave up 2 goals on 33 shots in the loss.

The Thunderbirds will now return to the John Rhodes Community Centre on Wednesday night for game 7 of the NOJHL’s West Division semifinal series.

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.


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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.