Thunder extend unbeaten streak

It’s 12 and counting for the streaking Borderland Thunder.
The Thunder erupted for four goals in the second period here Friday night en route to a 6-1 win over the KC Bulldogs (Thunder Bay), who had been on a streak of their own.
But the team remains in second place in the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings with a 16-7-8 record—three points behind the front-running Dryden Ice Dogs (18-8-7).
The Thunder will have a chance to gain ground when they host the Ice Dogs tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.
Forechecking created their scoring chances in the second period Friday night. Captain Josh Baxter led the way with two goals off scrambles in front of Bulldog goalie Keith Anderson while Matt Johnson and Ryan Hilfer also scored.
Dallas Mosbeck added two assists in the win.
“By far, it was a good second period. We came out strong,” said Johnson.
Thunder goalie Rob Hrabec made 26 stops for his sixth win on the season. Hrabec has not lost a league game since being traded to the Thunder (6-0-3).
“Rob made some big saves throughout the game,” said Thunder head coach Wayne Strachan. “They had some point-blank chances against him and Rob stayed so composed.
“We’re feeling good about ourselves. We’ve been playing pretty well as of late,” said Strachan. “We’ve been struggling against [the Bulldogs] so it’s a big statement for the boys to come out and win like they did.”
Justin Bodnarchuk and Chad Baldwin had given the Thunder a 2-1 lead after the first period. Brian Dzijack netted the only goal for Thunder Bay.
The victory also snapped the Bulldogs’ seven-game unbeaten streak. They went on to drop two more weekend games to the Ice Dogs 3-1 and 5-3.
“That was just one of the worst games we played all year,” said Bulldogs head coach Brian Vescio. “We were just awful. They beat us in every aspect of the game.”
After tomorrow night’s game against Dryden, the Thunder will play a three-game set against the third-place Feathermen Hawks (one here Friday night and two in Thunder Bay).