Nathan Maguire made 25 saves and fellow Ontario Hockey League draft pick Deven Jones McDonald scored a goal as the Soo Indians of the USA Under 18 Tier 1 Hockey Federation League began the 2023-2024 season on Saturday with a 5-3 win over the visiting Green Bay Bobcats.
The exhibition match was the first of two between the Indians and Bobcats on this Labour Day weekend.
Maguire and Jones McDonald were teammates with the Soo Jr. Greyhounds of the Great North Under 18 Hockey League in 2022-2023 before heading across the International Bridge to sign with the Michigan-based Indians ahead of the ’23-24 campaign.
Both were picked at the 2023 OHL priority selections draft with Maguire going to the Flint Firebirds in the sixth round and Jones McDonald to the Oshawa Generals in the 11th.
Maguire and Jones McDonald both have 2007 birth dates and are Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario products.