Thunder Bay Northern Hawks were rude hosts to the Thunder Bay Bandits on Thursday night defeating the debut team 8-4. It was the LJHL regular season opener for both teams.
It was a close game for two periods between the two Junior B city rivals. The Northern Hawks and Bandits were tied 2-2 after one period and 4-4 at second intermission. A four-goal third period proved to be the difference in the game result.
Stephen Tocheri led the Northern Hawks offense with a hat trick. It is the fourth and final season in the LJHL for the overage player who has posted 108 points in 94 career games in the league. Michael Goegan scored twice while former Thunder Bay North Stars forward Ben Erwin (1g, 2a), Richard Crupi (1g, 1a) and Eric Lampo each added a goal.
These same two teams are back on the ice Saturday night at the Tournament Centre. Game time scheduled for 8:00 PM.