Thunder fall out of top 10

It was nice while it lasted. With only one win in their last five games, the Borderland Thunder had its three-week run in the top 10 of the Canadian Junior ‘A’ Hockey League rankings halted this week.
The Thunder, who still hold top spot in the Superior International Junior Hockey League with a 9-3-2 record, entered the rankings at No. 10 on Oct. 14 before vaulting to No. 3 the following week.
The club maintained that position despite losing their first two games of the season to the Thunder Bay KC Bulldogs on Oct. 25-26.
But a 3-0 win in Dryden against the Ice Dogs on Oct. 30 was wiped out due to a forfeit caused by the Thunder’s use of goalie Dan Hoehne before his transfer has been officially authorized by the SIJHL.
A 4-2 loss to the Feathermen Hawks at home last Friday, coupled with a 7-3 win in Saturday’s rematch, was enough to bounce the Thunder from the top 10.
Thunder centre Matt Johnson currently sits fourth in the SIJHL scoring race with seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points.
Teammates Kyle Prystupa (11-10-21) and Kevin Webb (9-10-19) also are in the top 10, while A.J. Tucker is tied for first in power-play goals with four.
The Thunder are in the midst of a 10-day break, with their next game slated this coming Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 7:30 p.m. here against the Ice Dogs.