Soo Thunderbirds and Rayside Balfour Canadians both used home ice to score victories in Game 1 action of their respective Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, West Division, semi-final sets on Saturday.
SOO T-BIRDS 4, BLIND RIVER 2
Brendan Miller’s power play marker with 3:10 left in the third period proved to be the game winner as the Thunderbirds edged the visiting Blind River Beavers.
An empty-net goal clinched the 4-2 victory for the Soo.
Sault Ste. Marie product Garrett Boyonoski was a standout in goal for Blind River with 37 saves.
Game 2 goes tonight at 7:00 in the Soo.
RAYSIDE BALFOUR 2, SOO EAGLES 1
In a duel of goalies it was the home team that prevailed.
David Bowen made 31 saves to backstop the Canadians past the Eagles by a narrow 2-1 score.
Shane Brancato made 34 saves in defeat for the Eagles, who will try to even the best-of-seven series tonight in a 6:30 road match in Chelmsford.