Thursday, February 08, 2007

Indians begin week with crossriver win

Sam Yearsley scored at 1:51 of overtime to give the Soo Indians a 5-4 win over the crossriver Soo Thunderbirds in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League action on Wednesday night at John Rhodes Community Centre.

Yearsley's goal capped a see-saw match that had the Thunderbirds lead 2-0 after the first period and the Indians take a 3-2 lead after two.

In the third, Brett Perlini tied it for the Thunderbirds at 5:37 only to have Indians' defenseman J.D. King score a go-ahead goal with his first of the season on a bullet-like shot at 15:31.

But at 19:41 with goalie Ryan Dube on the bench for a sixth attacker and with an Indians' player in the penalty box, defenceman Dylan King tied it for the Thunderbirds.

Not to be denied in the OT, Yearsley scooped up a loose puck and went in on a breakway to beat Dube for the game winner.

"We'll take the two points, that was a tough road game, the Thunderbirds played well," noted Indians' head coach Kevin Cain, whose team crept to within two points of the first-place Sudbury Jr. Wolves with the win.

The Thunderbirds outshot the Indians 34-33 with Brennan Poderzay posting his 13th win of the season.

With a record of 24-13-2 and with 50 points, the Indians are at Big Bear Arena for a pair of games this weekend. The Blind River Beavers provide the opposition on Friday night at 7:00 and the Indians then play host to the North Bay Skyhawks on Saturday night, also at 7:00.

Of note, the Indians' scheduled home game on Sun. Feb. 25 against the Thunderbirds has been changed to Sat. Feb. 24 and will be moved downtown to Pullar Stadium. Game time will be 7 p.m.

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