Thunderbirds remain undefeated in NLL

By TRT Staff with notes from

HAMILTON — Five weeks out of the arena didn’t stop the Halifax Thunderbirds last Saturday.

Stephan Leblanc scored his third goal of the game in overtime to lift the Thunderbirds to an exciting 14-13 road victory over the Toronto Rock in their first National Lacrosse League game since Dec. 10.

The Thunderbirds (3-0) and the Buffalo Bandits are the only NLL teams without a loss this season. The game was played without spectators in accordance with Ontario’s current round of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Thunderbirds’ last victory was also against the Rock at Scotiabank Centre.

Austin Shanks fired five goals and added three assists, while Chris Boushy put up a hat trick and Thunderbird rookie Connor Watson collected two goals and three assists. Eric Fannell also scored while Clarke Petterson had six assists while captain Cody Jamieson chipped in four helpers.

The Thunderbirds will return to the road for their next game, Jan. 29 in Albany, against the FireWolves.

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