Boman bolsters Birds lineup 

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In his lone full season with the Soo Thunderbirds, Noah Boman tied for the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League scoring crown.

Wednesday, the 20-year-old (2000 birth year) winger picked up where he left off.

In his first game back with the T-Birds, Boman scored twice, including the game winner, as the Soo stopped Blind River 5-2 at John Rhodes Community Centre.

Due to the COVID-19 provincial lockdown, it marked the team’s first game since Dec. 20, 2020, and first of six straight against the Beavers.

“Being here wasn’t what I expected this year,” said Boman, whose acquisition from the Cobourg Cougars of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for a player development fee was finalized on Wednesday. “It’s good to be back on the ice. I’m happy to be playing, and playing for my hometown team.”

During the 2018-2019 campaign, the speedy Sault native produced 24 goals and 52 assists for the Thunderbirds in 50 games.


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Cobourg has played just eight games this season and Boman has been in the Sault since just before Christmas.

“I felt a little rusty, but it’s good to get a win,” said the five-foot-11, 180-pounder, who scored at 17:55 of the second period to snap a 2-2 tie.

Cooper Smyl made it 4-2 at 1:41 of the third before Boman closed the scoring eight minutes later on a night when the home team held a 52-32 edge in shots.

“He was really good,” Soo head coach Denny Lambert said of Boman. “He’s going to be a big plus for us. He’ll add another dimension.”

Warner Young had a goal and an assist for the winners, who improved to 5-3-1 (wins, losses, shootout losses). Dylan Parsons had the other goal while Caleb Wood contributed a pair of assists. Sault natives Justin Mauro and Devin Mauro had an assist each for the Beavers, who fell to 5-4-0 heading into Friday’s 7 p.m. start here.

Saying he expected it due to the layoff, Lambert spoke of his club’s slow start on Wednesday.

“We were a little sluggish, a little sloppy early,” the coach added. “But the last half of the second period and in the third we started skating. We started creating turnovers and began to play our game.”

Lambert liked what he saw from Alex Bugeja noting how the Soo netminder “made some big saves for us.”

Wyatt Courchaine was in goal for the Beavers.

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