Thunderbirds win another DHC

May 3, 2015

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.)

What you think about “Thunderbirds win another DHC”

  1. Once again, the class of the NOJ showed how balanced team play and a really strong, mobile back-end prevails at the highest levels. What a display. Congrats to the coaching staff/GM. Good luck to them at the RBC. It is entirely possible for them to go all the way.

  2. I honestly didn’t think this team was as good as last years,but they seem to be. I know they didn’t win the league last year but they seemed better. Good luck at the RBC birds maybe you can bring it home to the north.

  3. Some scouts I know in the Ottawa area unanimously affirm the NOJ took a huge step forward in 2014/15. I was at the Central Canada Challenge in Toronto, and several there were doing double-takes at the talent of the team Coach Smith put on the ice. A couple of different bounces in the third period in the semi-final and they could have won that tournament as well, to add to their cache! 2015/16 will be very interesting indeed.

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