After wrapping up their preseason with a record of one win and one loss, the Soo Thunderbirds kicked off their 2018-2019 regular season on Friday night as they took on the Soo Eagles at the John Rhodes Community Centre.
The last time the Thunderbirds opened up their regular season against the Eagles, was back on September 11th, 2015, when they defeated the Eagles by a score of 5-2 at the Essar Centre.
Fans in the stands were treated to a high scoring affair on Friday night at the John Rhodes Community Centre as the Thunderbirds defeated the Eagles by a score of 7-5.
“It was a great win for all the boys,” said Thunderbirds forward Lucas Theriault. “We came out strong. We had a few bad bounces at the start, but we bounced back and it was a great win for us.”
Theriault led the way offensively for the Thunderbirds, scoring twice and setting up two others for his first career four point game.
“I was very happy with it,” continued Theriault. “I’m just going to keep working hard to get more of those games.”
Newcomer Noah Boman had a strong debut for the Thunderbirds on Friday night, scoring his first NOJHL goal along with setting up two others.
“He played great,” concluded Theriault. “I’ve been playing with Boman for a very long time. We have great chemistry, I’m excited for this season with him and it’s going to be great.”
Tyler Malpass and Jonathan Mackin had a goal and an assist each for the Thunderbirds while assistant captain Nick Smith also had a two point night with a pair of helpers.
Nolan Ford and captain Kaidan McDonald had one goal each for the Thunderbirds while rookies Kobe Seguin, Nate Medaglia and Avery Rebek all chipped in with one assist each.
Caleb Wood and Riley Jensen had a pair of goals each for the Eagles while Mihali See also had a two point night with a goal and an assist.
One of Wood’s goals came on the power play at the 2:31 mark of the first period, which gave the Eagles and early 1-0 lead.
Matt Capisciolto and captain Brendan Blair had two assists each for the Eagles while Richard Boulware, Jack Wood, Kyle Quinn and Alec Schwab all had one assist each.
Eagles goaltender Joseph Benedetto, who gave up 7 goals on 30 shots, ended up being replaced in net by Caleb Sauer, who then gave up 0 goals on 2 shots the rest of the way.
Thunderbirds rookie goaltender Colin Ahern made 23 saves for his first career NOJHL win.
The Thunderbirds will now hit the road for one road game this Sunday as they will visit Chelmsford Arena to take on the Rayside Balfour Canadians at 6:30 p.m.
(Photo of Lucas Theriault credit to Rod Aubertin)