Thunder deal for defenceman

The Borderland Thunder made another move to acquire veteran talent on the blueline Wednesday, acquiring defenceman Troy Arnold from the Iron Range Yellow Jackets for future considerations.
Arnold joined the team immediately and will be in the lineup for the Thunder’s two-game set against the Northwest Wisconsin Knights on Friday and Saturday in Spooner.
“We brought him in for experience and leadership,” Thunder head coach Wayne Strachan said during the team’s morning skate at the ’52 Canadians Arena earlier Friday.
A 20-year-old Calgary native, Arnold has three assists in 11 league games this season. But Strachan likes the physical presence the 6’1, 215-pounder brings to the team—especially with the playoffs coming up.
“Troy plays a tough style of hockey. We’ll definitely need him come playoff time,” Strachan said.
Meanwhile, Thunder defenceman Kris Esselink was affiliated to the Emo ‘AA’ Midgets. He’ll remain with the team but can play for Emo if needed.
The second-place Thunder, unbeaten in their last nine games (7-0-2), sit just two points behind the front-running Dryden Ice Dogs in the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings.
The ’Dogs will host the Thunder Bay Snowplowing Wolves for two games this weekend. Other SIJHL action will see the Yellow Jackets face the Thunder Bay KC Bulldogs for a pair of games and then the Feathermen Hawks for one.