Thunder making moves

Just when the Borderland Thunder managed to add a body to their dwindling ranks, another has packed it in.
The Thunder announced over the weekend the signing of centre Stephen MacLeod from the Quesnel Millionaires of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League while also confirming back-up goalie Jared Baldwin has left the team.
MacLeod, 17, led the Kenora Midget ‘AAA’ Stars in scoring last year but never found his niche in Quesnel this season. The Atikokan native had one assist in limited action, spending most of his time on the team’s fourth line.
“[MacLeod’s] got a good combination of skill and a great work ethic,” Thunder head coach Dave Allison said last night. “He’s a guy who plays with a lot of purpose in games and in practice.”
The transaction should be official in time for MacLeod to suit up for the Thunder’s series with the Fort William First Nation North Stars here this Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m. both nights).
Baldwin had posted a 2-4 record, with a 4.52 goals against average and an .852 save percentage, this season after starring with the International Falls Broncos last year.
“Jared was having a hard time mixing his work schedule with his hockey,” noted Allison. “He came in Friday and informed us he was leaving.”^The netminder’s departure leaves Joe Bergman (0-2, 7.50 GAA) as the Thunder’s only healthy goalie for this weekend’s series against the second-place Stars.
Starter Dan Hoehne has been given a clean bill of health by doctors after suffering a concussion that’s kept him out the past four weeks, but Allison said the goalie still is about two weeks away from being in game-ready condition.
The situation makes today’s cutdown day in the Canadian Junior ‘A’ Hockey League all the more important to the Thunder.
All CJAHL teams, including the five SIJHL ones, must have their rosters trimmed to a maximum of 25 players before the end of today.
Any teams with roster spots still open can fill those spots from today until Jan. 10—and Borderland GM Brent Tookenay will waste no time in doing so.
“There will be some movement [on the Thunder’s part] today,” said Tookenay, who refrained from giving specifics other than to say bringing in a goaltender is a priority, with other players possibly also on the radar screen.
Borderland, currently in fourth place in the SIJHL with a 7-10-1 record, have been riddled by injuries and suspensions for much of the season.
Along with Hoehne, forwards Josh McAndrew (wrist) and Sean Councillor (ankle) are out due to their respective ailments.
Meanwhile, forwards Ian Lockman and Andrew Dault, as well as defenceman Ryan Mayman, all will sit out Friday’s game here with suspensions.
Lockman will miss an extra two games after receiving a match penalty for hitting from behind in last Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to the host Dryden Ice Dogs.