It looms as a game that is a promotion in itself, the fabled border battle rivalry featuring the Soo Thunderbirds and Soo Eagles.
The Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League foes will take to the ice of venerable Pullar Stadium in the Michigan Soo tonight for a slated 7:30 p.m. match.
Having lost three straight games, the Thunderbirds nonetheless are in second place in the West Division of the NOJHL with 27 points from a record of 13-6-1.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are fourth in the division but with a record of 12-8-0, they trail the T-Birds by a mere three points.
Pint-sized puckster Nick Smith leads the T-Birds in scoring with 15 goals, 7 assists, 22 points. Noah Solinger also has 22 points for the T-Birds, 17 of which are assists.
Nick Techel is tops on the Eagles scoring chart with 12 goals, 22 assists, 34 points. Following him are fellow forwards Christian Bardarson with 15-17-32 totals, Kobe Keller at 11-14-25 and Jake Palmerio at 11-8-19.
PHOTO: Soo Thunderbirds goal-scoring leader Nick Smith.