Sunday, October 15, 2006

Indians salvage weekend split

A 6-1 rout of the Manitoulin Islanders on Saturday night salvaged a weekend split for the Soo Indians.

The Indians had started a weekend doubleheader at Big Bear Arena by losing to the Abitibi Eskimos, 5-3, on Friday night.

"I thought we rebounded nicely on Saturday after a lacklustre effort on Friday," observed Indians' coach-general manager Jim Capy. "It's important with a schedule being top heavy with so many home games during the first part of the schedule that we don't give away points."

The Indians now have a record of 7-4 and are 6-2 on home ice and 1-2 on the road.

In Saturday's win over Manitoulin, Sean Farley, Joe Larson, Derek Thocker, Isaac Viau, James Ciotti and Mike Connolly scored for the Indians in support of the 21-save effort of goalie Brennan Poderzay, who improved his record to 3-0. Farley's goal was his team-leading ninth of the season and Connolly's was his first Junior A marker.

Ciotti, Thocker and Larson scored in Friday's loss to Abitibi in which Michigan Soo product Miles Williams made 31 saves between the pipes for the Eskimos.

The Indians' next action is at home to Manitoulin again on Saturday night, while on Sunday, they head across the International Bridge to play the Soo Thunderbirds in the first Carmen Provenzano Memorial Cup series action of the season.

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