For the second time in the past four seasons, Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League have won the Dudley-Hewitt Cup as Central Canada champions.
An early third-period goal by veteran forward Matt Pinder lifted the Thunderbirds past the host Fort Frances Lakers of the Superior International Jr. Hockey League 3-2 in Saturday’s title tilt.
With the victory, the T-Birds advance to the RBC Cup, all-Canadian championships to be held May 9-17 in Portage la Prairie, Man.
The ever-reliable Nic Tassone scored the other two goals and rookie goalie Mario Culina made 29 saves for the NOJHL and DHC champions from the Soo.
PHOTO: Soo Thunderbirds of the NOJHL are the 2015 Dudley-Hewitt Cup, Central Canada champions. (Photo by Tim Bates.)