Thunder, Ice Dogs to tussle tonight

The Borderland Thunder took away the crown of the Dryden Ice Dogs this past spring, and by the looks of things, Dryden intends to take it back.
The Ice Dogs (6-2-3-1) will try to make it two in a row over the defending SIJHL champions tonight at the Ice for Kids arena, when they take on the Thunder (5- 2-0-0) beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Dryden, who won the SIJHL title in the league’s inaugural campaign two seasons ago, edged Borderland 4-3 here on Sept. 30 in the teams’ only previous meeting this season.
They lead the third-place Thunder by five points in the standings, although Borderland does have four games in hand.
The Thunder have won four straight entering tonight’s game, while the Ice Dogs are winless in their last two.
Dryden has displayed a highoctane offence so far this year, with four players in the league’s top 10 in scoring.
That quartet includes Joel Poshtar, who is setting the pace for the entire circuit in goals (11) and points (19).
Between the pipes, newcomer Liam Johnston (4-2-2, 2.82 goals against average) has done an admirable job in taking over the No. 1 netminder position from last year’s starter Ryan McGillis.
The Thunder will count on Kevin Webb (team-high seven tallies and 13 points) to continue his hot streak, which saw him pot five goals in two games this past weekend against the K&A Variety Golden Hawks.
Meanwhile, Dan Hoehne (3-1, league-best .920 save percentage) hopes to extend his personal winning skein to four games.
After tonight, the Thunder will not see action at home again until two weeks from today, when the Ice Dogs return for another confrontation.