Thunderbirds vs Canadians Game Preview

James Egan’s Sports Photography

There are only two games left in the regular season, and it all begins tonight as the Soo Thunderbirds take on the Rayside Balfour Canadians at 7:30 p.m. at the John Rhodes.

The Thunderbirds, who enter tonight’s game with 75 points on the season, sit two points behind the Canadians for first place in the West Division.

The last time these two clubs met was back on March 1st, when the Thunderbirds fell 2-1 to the Canadians at Chelmsford Arena.

Assistant captain Kaidan McDonald had a power play goal for the Soo while Taylor Woolcott and Jordan Spadafore (power play) had the goals for Rayside Balfour.

That game, the Thunderbirds outshot the Canadians 44-26.


Last Friday, Thunderbirds defenceman Steven Bellini scored his first NOJHL goal in a 4-3 victory over the Elliot Lake Wildcats at Centennial Arena.

Heading into tonight’s game, Bellini leads all Thunderbird defencemen in points with 29.

Tonight will also be a special night for captain Noah Solinger, who is expected to suit up for his 100th career game.

In 99 career games with the Thunderbirds, the Chatsworth, Ontario native has 20 goals and 60 points.

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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.