Thunder live to play again

The Borderland Thunder staved off elimination last night with a 2-0 win over the host Dryden Ice Dogs to force Game 6 of their best-of-seven SIJHL semi-final series here tomorrow night.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.
Should the Thunder win that game, the seventh-and-deciding game is slated for Dryden on Saturday night. The winner advances to the league final against the Fort William First Nation North Stars.
Thunder goalie Dan Hoehne was the star of last night’s game in Dryden, earning the shutout.
Clayton Windigo (Steve McLeod) opened the scoring on a wrist shot just two minutes into the game—the only goal of a back-andforth first period.
Hoehne had a strong period between the pipes, but was run into just before the buzzer sounded and had his helmet knocked off.
No penalty was called on the play, and the Thunder had to wait until the second period to see if Hoehne would be affected by the hit.
In the second, the Ice Dogs thought they had tied the game off a shot by Konrad Bruetsch, but the goal was waved off after a lengthy discussion by the officials.
The puck was determined not to have crossed the goal-line.
The Thunder had another scare when top scorer Kevin Webb went down after being hit by a shot. He did return later in the period.
Borderland iced the game at 18:04 of the third when Justin Green (Dennis Morrison) netted an insurance marker past Dryden goalie Liam Johnston.
Thunder coach Dave Allison had been optimistic going into Game 5 last night in Dryden. “We win Tuesday and we’ve got a chance to come back here,” he remarked.
The Thunder went down 3-1 after losing both games on home ice last weekend.
On Friday night, Webb scored a hat trick, including a one short-handed, but the Thunder still fell 6-3 to the visiting Ice Dogs.
Ian Lockman, Brent Olson, Kurt Hogard, and Ryan Kramer drew assists on Webb’s goals.
Mike MacIntyre led Dryden with a pair of goals, including an empty-netter, and an assist. Rheal Assie, Joel Poshtar, Jordan Lamarche, and Bruetsch got the Ice Dogs’ other goals.
Hoehne stopped 33 shots in the loss while the Thunder peppered Johnston with 36.
Then Dryden won 4-2 on Saturday night, with Morrison scoring both Thunder goals. Aaron Boyer, Drew Fisher, Hogard, and Kramer all drew assists.
MacIntyre netted another goal, this time on the power play, with Merlyn Smith Poshtar, and Matt Tryhuba also scoring.
Once again, Hoehne stopped 33 shots in a losing cause.
Despite the loss, Allison was happy with the team’s performance Saturday.
“There’s a lot of times you don’t judge your team on wins and losses. They scored on their chances, it puts you back on [your] heels,” he said.
“Our guys are making them pay physically,” Allison added. “We’ve got to keep pressing, plugging away. Life is 10 percent what you have and 90 percent what you make it.”
The North Stars swept the KC Bulldogs 4-0 in the other SIJHL semi-final series, outscoring them 31-6.