For the second time in the past four seasons, Soo Thunderbirds are champions of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Playing at home on Sunday, the T-Birds trimmed the Cochrane Crunch 5-3 to take the best-of-seven series 4-1.
The Thunderbirds will now represent the NOJHL at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada Jr. A Championships, to be held April 28-May 2 in Fort Frances.
After losing the series opener at home, the Thunderbirds reeled off four straight wins to put away the upstart Crunch, who had a successful first season in the northeastern Ontario town of Cochrane.
Thunderbirds defenceman Owen Headrick — who is a recruit of the Lake Superior State University Lakers of the Division 1, Western Collegiate Hockey Association — was named NOJHL most valuable player for the playoffs.
A 1997 birth-year, Headrick had 12 goals, 8 assists, 20 points in 14 playoff matches.
PHOTO: NOJHL playoff MVP Owen Headrick with his award and his mom, Anne.