The Soo Thunderbirds are currently taking part in the RBC Cup in Humboldt Saskatchewan. The RBC cup brings the top 5 teams out of a total 133 teams from the CJHL (Canadian Junior Hockey League) against one another in the 9-day tournament.
The Soo Thunderbirds have continuously defined the odds by winning the Dudley Hewitt cup after knocking off the tournament favourite Stouffville Spirit.
They continued this trend in the first game of the RBC Cup where they defeated the number one ranked team in the country the Penticton Vees 2-1 despite being outshot 45-15. John Kleinhans threw the team on his back with his 44 save performance and the offence came from Jake Wright who opened the scoring for the T-birds and the winner coming from James Delayer.
In game 2 for the T-birds they faced the Portage Terriers where they took the game into double overtime but couldn’t pull off the win, losing 4-3. Once again John Kleinhans came up big for the T-birds making a total of 69 saves to keep his club in the game. The Thunderbird goals came from Nick Romano, Greg Sartoretto and Matt Amadio.
It seems that the Thunderbirds are only going to go as far as their goalie John Kleinhans can take them, making a total of 113 saves in the first two games. Kleinhans’ first 2 outstanding performances are quickly making him the story of the tournament, being dubbed the best goalie in the tournament thus far.
The Thunderbirds next game is Tuesday May 8th with a 5pm Eastern start time, where they face the home team Humboldt Broncos. Support your local Thunderbirds, as they try “not to be humbled in Humboldt”. All of the Thunderbird games can be viewed for free on www.fasthockey.com after you sign up for a free account.