Monday, October 23, 2006

Indians drop border battle to Birds

The Soo Indians lost the first battle of the border of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League season Sunday night at Big Bear Arena, falling 3-2 to the Soo Thunderbirds.

The game also marked the opening of the Carmen Provenzano Memorial Cup series between the two teams.

Brett Perlini led the Thunderbirds with a goal and an assist and Kyle Johnson and Nick Minardi also beat Indians' goalie Elliot Hogue.

Sean Farley and Michigan Soo product Daren Mansfield scored for the Indians, who outshot their opponents 36-33. Travis O'Brien posted the win in goal for the Thunderbirds.

The win boosted the Thunderbirds' record to 6-4, while the Indians are now 8-5.

The Indians began the weekend with a 5-1 decision over the visiting Manitoulin Islanders on Saturday evening.

Chris Cooper scored a pair of goals to lead the Indians and Farley, James Ciotti and Derek Thocker added solo tallies in support of rookie goalie Brennan Poderzay, who made 26 saves to improve his record to 4-0, his save percentage to .900 and his goals-against average to 2.30.

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