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Thunderbirds slam Red Wings 6-2 in the Sault

Elliot Lake takes another Junior A loss

The Elliot Lake Red Wings travelled to Sault Ste. Marie's John Rhodes Community Centre Wednesday night and came home with another road loss in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), dropping a 6-2 decision to the Soo Thunderbirds.

The game remained scoreless through the opening seven minutes before the Thunderbirds drew first blood at 7:20 on a goal by defenceman Creo Solomon, assisted by Kolby Fellinger and Cooper Foster.

Forward Kaden Laverdiere scored Elliot Lake's first goal on a power play, at 15:15. Devin Shoreman and Cole Kimble picked up assists on the play.

Elliot Lake went ahead at 1:04 of the second period, thanks to a goal by Kimble, assisted by Sam Noad and Shoreman to make the score 2-1. 

Foster evened things up at two with a power-play goal for the Thunderbirds at 2:36, assisted by Andrew Gibson. 

Later in the second, Michael Chaffey rounded out second period scoring at 17:02 assisted by Foster and Brock Santa Maria, putting the Thunderbirds ahead 3-2 heading into the second intermission.

It was all Thunderbirds in the third.

Gibson potted his first goal of the night at 8:55, helped by defenceman Connor Healy and forward Santa Maria.

Two Thunderbirds' power play goals in sharp succession from Tyson Doucette at 13:43 and 14:13 rounded out the scoring.

Thunderbirds goalie Noah Metivier stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced for the victory.

Ryder Gregga, in goal for the Red Wings, suffered the loss with 23 saves.

All three game stars went to the Thunderbirds.

Foster, named first star, had one goal and three assists.

Gibson was named second star by potting one goal and two assists.

Doucette's two-goal night earned him third star.

In other NOJHL play, the Timmins Rock dropped the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners 4-1; the Powassan Voodoos blanked the French River Rapids 2-0; and the Hearst Lumberjacks beat the Cochrane Crunch 7-5.

Next up for the Red Wings, a home meeting with Blind River coming up Friday night in Centennial Arena. 

Elliot Lake will host the Beavers at 7 p.m.


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