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What's On Tap at the Royal Bank Cup

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Soo defenceman James Delayer fired the game-winner, on the power play, with 8:34 to go ripping a wrist shot from just inside the blueline that bounced off the post and in past Penticton goalie Michael Garteig.

Jake Wright opened the scoring for the Thunderbirds with the lone tally of the opening period.

Penticton, who lost for just the 11th time in 81 total games so far this season, pulled level after 40 minutes as Joey Benik notched the only goal his side would score in the game late in the second.

That set the stage for Delayer’s winner in the final frame in a contest that saw Kleinhans’ heroics give his squad the victory despite being outshot 45-15 on the night.

UP NEXT: The Soo returns to game action today at 5 p.m. ET vs. the Portage Terriers.

Portage won the Manitoba Junior Hockey League championship before falling in seven games to Humboldt in the Avanet Cup Western Canadian final.
As the Broncos were already in the RBC as the host team, it allowed the Terriers to pick up the Western nod as Avanet Cup finalists.

THE TERRIERS: Sunday’s contest against the Soo marks the first game of the tournament for the Terriers as they had a bye on day 1.

Portage is making their second consecutive appearance at the RBC having competed last year in Camrose, Alta. They went 1-3 there.

Brett Wold was the team scoring leader for Portage during the regular season with 71 points in 60 games, including 26 tallies.

A trio of 60-point men on the Terriers’ roster include Mike Gemmell, Kahon McKay and Shaquille Merasty who registered 62, 61 and 60 points respectively.

Goaltender Shea Cooper was 30-13 on the year in net for Portage while Adam Iwan was 12-6 to give the MJHL champs a solid one-two punch between the pipes.

THE THUNDERBIRDS: Coming up big when needed in his club’s last two games John Kleinhans has shown why he was a first team Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League all-star.

In the Dudley-Hewitt Cup final vs. Stouffville (OJHL) and yesterday’s RBC opener over Penticton (BCHL), who spent most of the season as the top ranked team in the entire CJHL, Kleinhans has stopped 88 of 92 total shots. That gives him an impressive .957 save mark in that span.

Meanwhile after scoring just four times during the course of the NOJHL regular season and playoffs, Thunderbirds defenceman James Delayer has notched some big goals since.

He scored twice in the opening game of the Dudley-Hewitt Cup helping his team rally in a come from behind victory over Wisconsin of the SIJHL and followed that up by notching the winner in the RBC opener over Penticton.

Including the final three games of the Dudley-Hewitt and game 1 at the RBC, T-Birds captain Micky Sartoretto has points in four straight outings.

ON TAP: The Thunderbirds will enjoy a day off at the RBC Monday before returning to the ice Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET vs. the host Humboldt Broncos who opened up play with a 4-1 triumph over the Woodstock Slammers, the Maritime Hockey League and Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian champions.
 
AT THE RBC: This is the NOJHL’s first appearance at the Royal Bank Cup since 2002 when the Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats advanced to the nationals. The closest Northern Ontario has come to winning the RBC was in 1991 when the Sudbury Cubs fell to the Vernon Lakers in the final of the then Centennial Cup.