Thunder open strong on the road

The Borderland Thunder had a successful regular-season debut in the Superior International Junior Hockey League over the weekend, winning two of three games in Thunder Bay.
After dropping a narrow 6-5 decision to the Thunder Bay Bulldogs (1-1) on Friday, the Thunder (2-1) beat the Thunder Bay Wolves 6-1 on Saturday and then 3-0 on Sunday.
The Wolves sit at 0-2 on the young season.
Former Muskie Kevin Webb led the way with six goals on the weekend, including a hat-trick in Friday’s game against the Bulldogs.
The Thunder led 2-0 going into the third period yesterday on the strength of goals by Josh Baxter and Justin Bodnarchuk. Webb scored late in the game to round out the scoring.
Tom Iwaniec earned the shutout for the Thunder.
The win followed up a scoring onslaught Saturday night which saw Ian Lockman and Adam Sus score two quick goals in the second period to give the Thunder a 3-1 lead.
Jay Philips, Matt Johnson, and Webb (his second of the game) also scored for the Thunder.
But the lopsided score sparked a 13-player brawl to erupt. Even Thunder goalie Chris Cain and his Wolves’ counterpart, Chris Lauzon, had a one-on-one showdown.
In total, 201 minutes in penalties were handed out in the melee and all 13 players were forced to sit out yesterday’s game.
On Friday, the Thunder let a 5-4 lead slip away with 90 seconds to go. Bulldog defenceman Lee Antoniak tied the game, then centre Tyler Bruno beat Iwaniec to steal the victory.
Kyle Prystupa became the answer to a possible trivia question as he scored the Thunder’s first-ever regular-season goal early in the second period of that game.
The Thunder will head to the Lakehead again this weekend for three more games–two against the Bulldogs and one versus the Feathermen Hawks (2-3).
They’ll play their first home game Oct. 12 against the Bulldogs.
Elsewhere in SIJHL action, the Dryden Icedogs (3-1) beat the Hawks twice on the weekend while the Northwest Knights (1-1) split their set against the Iron Range Yellow Jackets (1-1).