Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Indians out to even Cup series with T'birds

The battle of the border continues on Saturday night when the Soo Indians play host to the Soo Thunderbirds.

Game time is 7:00 p.m. at Big Bear Arena in the Michigan Soo and the Indians will be out to avenge a 3-2 home-ice loss to the Thunderbirds from Oct. 22.

The Indians are in third place in the tight Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League standings with a 9-5 record and the Thunderbirds are sixth with an even 6-6 mark.

Saturday's game will be the second regular-season meeting between the crossriver rivals as part of the Carmen Provenzano Memorial Cup series.

"In that first game against us they played with a lot of energy and spirit," Indians' coach/general manager Jim Capy said of the Thunderbirds. "It was a very good game that could have gone either way and I am expecting more of the same on Saturday."

During that first game of the Provenzano Cup series, both Travis O'Brien of the Thunderbirds and Elliot Hogue of the Indians fashioned first-rate goaltending displays.

Saturday's game with the Thunderbirds is the back end of a two-game homestand for the Indians, who begin by playing host to the Sudbury Kal Tire Jr. Wolves on Friday at 7 p.m. at Big Bear. Sudbury is led by sniper Scott Restoule, formerly of the Ontario Hockey League's Soo Greyhounds.

From an Indians' offensive standpoint, Sean Farley is the points leader with 12-6-18 totals followed by Paul Isleib at 3-10-13, Chris Cooper at 4-8-12, Nick Novak at 1-10-11 and Derek Thocker at 6-4-10.

Defensively, the Indians have the two top ranked goalies in the NOJHL. Hogue has a .926 save percentage to go with a 2.42 goals-against average and 5-4 record. Brennan Poderzay has a .900 save percentage, 2.30 GAA and 4-0 record.

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