Thunder force Game 7

The Borderland Thunder have forced a Game 7 in Dryden on Saturday night after beating the Ice Dogs 5-1 here Thursday to even their SIJHL semi-final series at 3-3.
The Thunder had trailed the series 3-1, splitting the first two games in Dryden but then losing the next two here the following weekend.
But Borderland staved off elimination with a 2-0 win in Dryden on Tuesday night before Thursday night’s heroics on home ice in front of a big crowd.
“I just think they’re starting to mature as a group,” said head coach Dave Allison. “They know the price they’ve got to pay.
“They’re starting to understand when they play hard and play smart, there’s a reward,” he added.
After a scoreless first period, Ian Lockman got the puck coming straight out of the penalty box, went down the ice, and beat Ice Dogs goalie Liam Johnston top shelf midway through the second.
Kevin Webb and Thunder goalie Dan Hoehne drew assists.
Brent Olson made it 2-0 about five minutes later with an unassisted goal while the Thunder were short-handed. Justin Green (Ryan Mayman) then scored before the end of the period.
The Thunder went up 4-0 eight minutes into the third when Kurt Hogard (Lockman/Olson) netted a power-play tally.
With three minutes to play, and the Thunder killing off another penalty, the Ice Dogs decided to pull Johnston and make it a six-on-four.
The plan worked, with Tyler MacDonald (Matt Ringheim) scoring the power play goal to spoil Hoehne’s shutout bid, but Mayman (Dave Gooch) sealed the win with an empty-net goal just nine seconds later.
Hoehne, who stopped 36 shots on the night, was not at all concerned about losing his shutout. “In the playoffs, all I care about is winning,” he said.
Allison based at least a part of the change in the team’s fortunes since Games 3 and 4 on watching game tapes before practice.
“Video allowed our guys to mature as players,” he remarked. “Because it’s hard for them to believe what you’re saying.”
Hoehne thinks maybe the team just started to believe in themselves and the way they could play. “As a team, we knew we could play better and we just had to kick it up a notch,” he said.