On November 10th in Brantford, Ontario, the Great North Midget League AAA Minor Midget Soo Thunderbirds took on the Hamilton Huskies of Alliance Hockey in their first game at the 2017 Dale Parker Memorial Tournament. The Thunderbirds headed to Brantford after coming off their first win of the season with a 3 – 2 win over the North Bay Major Midget Trappers.
At 9:00 a.m on Friday morning in Brantford, the Thunderbirds fell to the Huskies in a 4 – 1 loss with Issac Parise sinking the lone goal for the Soo. Colton Smithers and Jason McCormick had the assists on Parise’s goal. Thunderbird goaltender Noah Zeppa stopped 10 of 14 shots in the Soo’s loss.
In their second game on day one, the (0-1) Thunderbirds met the (0-1) Ontario Minor Hockey Association Clarington Toros in a 3:30 p.m afternoon matinee. Justin Mauro led the Thunderbirds with one goal and one assist in the Soo’s 2 – 2 with the Toros. Michael Chaffay had the other goal for the Soo on Friday afternoon. Netminder Tyler Greco turned away 14 of 16 shots in the Thunderbirds tie in game two.
The Thunderbirds return to the ice for a 9:00 a.m November 11th match – up against the Alliance Hockey Windsor Jr Spitfires in Brantford at the Dale Parker Memorial.