Soo Thunderbirds goalie Alex Bugeja sprawls to no avail, unable to maintain Blind River’s Nick Jameus from scoring on a penalty shot within the opening interval of Friday’s NOJHL common season opener at John Rhodes Neighborhood Centre. Jameus is a Sault native.
Totally different season, completely different sport.
The Soo Thunderbirds had crushed the Blind River Beavers handily twice in the course of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s preseason.
However the Beavers did a U-turn on Friday, stopping the T-Birds 4-2 within the COVID-19 delayed, common season opener for each at John Rhodes Neighborhood Centre.
“We completely obtained outworked,” stated T-Birds affiliate coach Jeremy Stevenson, who ran the group with head coach Denny Lambert absent as a consequence of work commitments. “Our work ethic was suspect.”
Meantime, Beavers head coach and basic supervisor Kyle Brick spoke of how “we performed a whole sport (Friday). Everybody was good from the goalie out.”
The groups are slated to wrap up their home-and-home weekend collection on Saturday, squaring off in a 7 p.m. begin at Blind River Neighborhood Centre.
With the Beavers main 2-1 on Friday, Sault native Nick Jameus scored on a penalty shot at 15:36 of the opening interval, making it 3-1.
It proved to be the game-winning purpose.
“That was superior,” Jameus stated, after skating in and lifting a backhand shot over the glove-hand of T-Birds netminder Alex Bugeja. “It felt nice to get our first win.”
“That purpose was large for us,” added Brick. “And I assumed Nick Jameus was our greatest participant tonight.”
Jameus completed with a purpose and an help whereas Teegan Dumont, Jared Dupuis, on a redirection in entrance of Bugeja, and Lucas Adams had the opposite Blind River objectives.
Connor Toms notched a purpose and an help, whereas fellow rookie Michael Chaffay, on a 5-on-3 energy play, was the opposite Soo shooter to beat Beavers netminder Wyatt Courchaine.
Blind River held a 41-38 pictures benefit.
The Soo received the exhibition video games by scores of 6-1 within the Sault and 7-4 in Blind River.
Requested what his group did in a different way within the common season opener, Jameus talked about how the Beavers “labored tougher than we did within the preseason video games and we executed our performs higher.”
Stevenson, a former NHLer who performed for the Soo Greyhounds in the course of the 1993-94 Ontario Hockey League season, talked about how the Thunderbirds “misplaced plenty of battles for the puck” on Friday.
“We additionally misplaced plenty of face-offs, particularly in key moments,” he added.
A part of the issue, Stevenson acknowledged, was the thrill that goes together with opening evening.
“Our guys needed to go, go, go. However we didn’t take into consideration the issues we must be doing,” Stevenson added.
With the Beavers main 3-1, Toms scored late within the opening interval to trim the Soo’s deficit to 3-2 after 20 minutes.
The purpose by Adams, 8:08 into the second interval, capped the scoring.