Birds, Eagles in home nests
February 28, 2015
Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League and Soo Eagles of the North American Hockey League both have home games tonight.
The T-Birds, who lead the nine-team NOJHL with 78 points from a record of 36-6-6, are poised to clinch first place with four games to go in the regular season.
Sudbury Nickel Barons will provide the opposition for the T-Birds tonight in a game that is slated to begin at 7:30 at John Rhodes Community Centre.
Nic Tassone leads the T-Birds in scoring with 30 goals, 35 assists, 65 points. Fellow forward Jaren Bellini is next with 31 goals, 26 assists, 57 points.
A point from a 3-2 shootout loss to the visiting Springfield Jr. Blues on Friday has kept the Eagles in sole possession of second place in the NAHL’s North Division.
With a record of 27-21-2, the Eagles have 56 points, one more than the third-place Keystone Ice Miners.
Trevor Cope and Leo Lumm scored for the Eagles in front of a Friday night crowd of 699 at Pullar Stadium.
And goalie Chad Catt had another strong outing for the Eagles with 33 saves. Catt has a record of 5-0-1 with a 1.62 goals against average and .946 save percentage since being acquired by the Eagles from the Aberdeen Wings at the February 6 NAHL trade deadline.
The Eagles are home to Springfield again tonight in a slated 7 p.m. start at the Pullar.
Spunky forward Mitch Vanderburg will return to the Eagles lineup tonight after serving a two-game league suspension for spearing.
Vanderburg is third on the Eagles in scoring with 19 goals, 20 assists, 39 points.