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Thunderbirds Handed First Loss at Royal Bank Cup

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This season, more than 3,000 players suited up for Junior A games across Canada, from Nanaimo, B.C., to Woodstock, N.B.  In less than twenty-four hours after their surprising win over Penticton, the Thunderbirds took on the Portage Terriers in their second game of the 2012 Royal Bank Cup in Humboldt, Saskatchewan on Tuesday May 6th at 3:00 p.m (Mountain Time). 

The Terriers opened the scoring with 3:03 left in the first period with a goal from Mike Gemmill. Brendan Harms and Brent Wold assisted on Gemmill’s power play goal for Portage. 

Nick Romano even the score at 4:28 of the second with an unassisted goal behind Terriers netminder Adam Iwan.  Brent Wold scored Portage’s second goal of the game to give the Terrier’s a 2 – 1 lead.  Mike Gemmill and Brendan Harms contributed on Wold second point of the game.

At 16:35 mark of the second Greg Sartoretto tied the game with being set up by Matthew Amadio and older brother Micky Sartoretto. 

Brent Wold notched his third point of the game at 2:27 of the third behind Thunderbirds goaltender John Kleinhans.  Assists were from Brendan Harms and Mike Gemmill on Wold’s goal.

With 5:18 remaining in the game Matthew Amadio scored the tying goal for the Soo with assists from Greg Sartoretto and Micky Sartoretto.  Amadio’s goal sent the game into overtime. 

In the first overtime, Kleinhans faced 6 shots on net while Iwan stopped 8 shots from the Thunderbirds. 

With only 48 seconds left in the second overtime, Andrew Wiebe found the back of the net behind Soo’s netminder Kleinhans to give hand the Thunderbirds their first loss of the national championships. 

John Kleinhans stopped 68 shots out of 72 from the Portage Terriers. 

The Soo Thunderbirds have a day off on Monday before they face the host Humboldt Bronco’s at 3:00 p.m (MT) on Tuesday May 8th.