It’s win-or-else time for the Soo Thunderbirds.
The Dudley Hewitt Cup champs are on the verge of elimination following a 5-3 loss to the Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) yesterday at the 2015 RBC Cup in Portage la Prairie, Man.
Melfort (1-1) jumped to a 3-0 lead early in the first period and cruised home from there against the Thunderbirds (0-2).
The Soo now needs a win tonight against the host Portage Terriers (1-1), whose roster includes Fort Frances native Davis Ross, to stay alive.
This afternoon’s game has the undefeated Carleton Place Canadians (2-0) of the CCHL, featuring Fort native Jordan Larson in the lineup, facing the BCHL’s Penticton Vees (1-1).
The final is set for Sunday.