Thunder bounce back from loss

The Borderland Thunder were able to bounce back from their first loss of the season they suffered last week and gain a 4-1 win over the Dryden Ice Dogs here this past Friday.
The win gives the Thunder a 12-1-1 record for the year and top spot in the SIJHL, as they have scored 67 goals in the process, while seeing the opposition net only 24 against them.
“I’m very pleased with the way the team came out tonight. We knew that it was going to be a big game. Coming off that 5-3 loss [against the K&A Variety Golden Hawks], we all knew what we had to do. We just got out there and did it,” said forward Andrew Dault, who scored the first Thunder goal late in the first period on a shorthanded breakaway.
The Thunder amassed only four shots on goal in the first period, but were able to get the offense going in the second period with 15 shots, and put 10 shots on goal in the third.
The other three Thunder goals came courtesy of Aaron Boyer, Ian Lockman, and Tanner Kaemingh, who got an empty netter. Tyler Gordon got the decision in goal as he made 20 saves to give him his seventh win of the season (7-1-1), which is the most wins by any goaltender in the league.
“We were a lot more physical and we were moving our feet, but we’re still not where we can be. And that is the most encouraging thing, because they did bounce back, and we’ve got to maintain a humbleness and that hunger to improve,” said head coach Dave Allison.
Added Boyer: “Whenever you’re coming from a loss, it’s always really positive to come out and make sure you’re working hard and make sure that you’re flying, and it’s a good rebound game, because it gets us back on track.”
The Thunder must now focus their energies on their next batch of games, which will be in Thunder Bay this Friday and Saturday, against the undefeated (10-0-1) Fort William North Stars.
The two teams have only faced each other once this season and that game saw a 1-1 overtime tie come as a result.
“We got a big test against the North Stars and I think everybody in the whole league has been looking forward to those two games and we can’t go in there coasting. We got to go in there and dictate the pace and how the game’s going to be played,” said Allison.
“Everyone on our team has been looking at the schedule since the beginning of the season saying, ‘When do we play the North Stars?’, it’s the match up in the league so it’s going to be a blast,” said Boyer.

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