Photos: Helene Rancourt
BLIND RIVER, Ont. – A trio of third period tallies broke open a tie game as the Soo Thunderbirds went on to skate to a 4-1 triumph over the Blind River Beavers Tuesday evening in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action at the Blind River Community Centre.
Some diligence behind the net helped the Beavers strike first, just over 14 minutes into the match-up, as Michael Gallagher chipped a backhand in front where a waiting Joshua Thompson quickly whipped a shot past Sault Ste. Marie starter Landon Miller.
The tally extended a consecutive game point streak to eight in succession for Thompson, while Gallagher’s helper saw him etch his name on the game sheet for a fifth straight outing.
Picking up a power play late in the first period, the Thunderbirds drew level when Brodie McConnell-Barker sent a low feed from the left point that found the stick of Dharan Cap, who neatly redirected the equalizer under Beavers’ netminder Gavin Disano.
Knotted at one into the second stanza, it remained tightly-contested throughout the session as the clubs reached the intermission still in search of a go-ahead tally.
That goal came 3:50 into the final frame as Cap won a draw back, which allowed Jackson Truchan to cut through the circle into the slot where he fired a shot by Disano.
Newcomer Wyatt Marlow then put the visitors up by a pair with just over seven minutes to play as he notched his initial NOJHL marker as he banked in his own rebound after driving into the Blind River zone down the left wing.
Adding some insurance with 3:35 to go, the Soo’s Ethan Novello secured the road decision with some crafty dangling in close before firing one upstairs to complete a nice tally.
With the outcome, the Thunderbirds put an end to the Beavers’ season-high eight-game winning streak.
Miller’s efforts in net got him the victory as the Soo moved to 5-6-0-1 while league-leading Blind River dropped to 10-2-0-0 overall.