Final four playoffs resume in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League tonight with a pair of games.
Top-seeded Soo Thunderbirds will play host to fourth-ranked Abitibi Eskimos while third-place Espanola Rivermen are home to second-seeded Kirkland Lake Gold Miners.
Soo and Kirkland Lake lead their respective series 1-0 following one-goal victories in the openers.
Playing without league MVP and first all-star team goalie Joel Horodziejczyk for the fifth straight game, the Thunderbirds outshot visiting Abitibi 40-22 on Saturday night and hung on for a 5-4 triumph.
Defenceman Owen Headrick, the NOJHL’s rookie-of-the-year, had a two-assist outing to help the Soo to victory.
Meanwhile, on Friday night in Kirkland, the Gold Miners withstood a last-minute goal by Espanola to post a 2-1 triumph before a home crowd of 628.
Jeremy Pominville blocked 21 shots to backstop the Gold Miners to the win.
PHOTO: Soo defenceman Owen Headrick had a pair of assists on Saturday in a 5-4 win over Abitibi. (Photo by Ali Pearson.)