Thunder win away from sweep

Shortly before they stepped onto the bus yesterday for their trip Dryden for Game 3 of their semi-final series against the Ice Dogs, the Borderland Thunder had one of their patented “power meals.”
Consisting of spaghetti with meat sauce, a Caesar salad with rolls, and a brownie with ice cream syrup, prepared and served by the ladies at Carol’s Canteen, the meal always seems to bring the team luck.
“They’ve never lost a game after having a ‘power meal,’” said Carol Barrell, owner of the canteen located at the Memorial Sports Centre.
And that tidbit of information can remain intact as the Thunder earned a 2-0 win last night in Dryden to grab a 3-0 stranglehold on their best-of-seven series.
The Thunder can sweep the Ice Dogs on Saturday night, propelling them into the SIJHL final against the first-place Fort William First Nation North Stars, who swept the fourth-place K&A Variety Golden Hawks in their semi-final series.
If Dryden wins Saturday, Game 5 would be held next Tuesday (March 29) at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.
After a scoreless first period last night, Aaron Boyer hit the twine 8:03 into the second period, with assists going to Derek Fisher and Dennis Morrison.
Tyler Barker then iced the win with 22 seconds left when he beat out an icing call and then buried his wraparound into the empty net (Dryden had pulled their goalie for the extra attacker).
The game featured just 13 penalties (six against the Thunder and seven for the Ice Dogs).
Tyler Gordon made 25 saves for the Thunder to earn his first shutout of the playoffs.
He remains the SIJHL’s top goalie in the playoffs with an astonishing 0.59 goals against average and a .976 save percentage in 203 minutes of play.
Ice Dogs goalie Shaun Szachury stopped 26 of 28 shots fired his way.
After three games, Kurt Hogard is the Thunder’s leading scorer with four points (two goals/two assists), followed by Dennis Morrison (one goal/two assists).
Josh McAndrew, Boyer, and Fisher are tied with two points (all three have a goal and an assist).