Thunder lose to Ice Dogs

The Borderland Thunder will head into their final regular-season series on a losing note after falling to the Dryden Ice Dogs 3-0 there last night.
In fact, no matter what happens here this weekend against the KC Bulldogs (Thunder Bay), the Thunder will finish in third place and have to meet the second-place Ice Dogs in the SIJHL semi-finals.
That series is slated to start March 12-13 in Dryden.
After a scoreless and penaltyfree first period last night, Tylor Desjarlais scored twice in the second, including once on the power play, to put the Ice Dogs up 2-0.
Dan MacIntyre netted his 33rd goal of the season in the third to seal the win.
Thunder goalie Dan Hoehne took the loss, playing 40 minutes before giving way to Mike Downer in the final period.
Meanwhile, Liam Johnston and Breton Lindoff stopped 16 shots each for the Ice Dogs.
The Thunder finished their regular- season series with Dryden with a 5-6-1 record, having been outscored just 36-35 in the 12 games played.
Borderland wraps up the regular season with games Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the fourth-place Bulldogs, who will meet the first-place Fort William North Stars in the other semi-final.
The K&A Variety Golden Hawks are a distant fifth and will miss the playoffs.
In other news, the Thunder will hold its annual awards banquet this Sunday (March 7) at the Fort Frances Curling Club, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7.
Tickets cost $20 per person, and are available at the curling club, from any booster club member, or by calling 274-9066. Everyone is welcome.