Thunder out to extend unbeaten string

The Borderland Thunder will be gunning to extend their SIJHL unbeaten streak to seven games tonight when they square off against the winless Thunder Bay Bulldogs at the Ice for Kids Arena.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
The Thunder are tied for first place in the SIJHL with the Fort William First Nation North Stars (5-0-1), having scored 21 goals while allowing just 12 so far this season.
Josh McAndrew, tied for second in the league scoring race, has had the hot hand for Borderland with four goals and four assists in six games. Dennis Morrison is right behind with three goals and four assists.
“I don’t say too much in the [dressing] room, I figure my actions speak louder than words,” said McAndrew, who assisted on Aaron Boyer’s game-winning goal in the Thunder’s 1-0 win over the Dryden Ice Dogs here Tuesday night.
“It’s nice [to still be undefeated], but you can’t really look too far into it because the North Stars are undefeated, too, and we’ve only faced each other once [a 1-1 tie to open the season],” added McAndrew.
“They are the team to beat this year because they are the champions, so until we play them again, I don’t think we can really look too far into it.
“But on the other hand, it is kind of nice,” McAndrew admitted. “The attitude around the locker-room is a lot better when you’re winning.”
Also stepping up for the Thunder of late has been first-year goalie Tyler Gordon, who sits tied for the SIJHL lead with three wins.
“We’re the kind of team that just gelled right off the get-go. All the guys gelled really good in there,” said Gordon, who made 33 saves in Tuesday night’s shutout over Dryden.
“We’re not too dirty, I don’t think,” he added. “The North Stars are a little chippier, they’ll do some things to get you off your game.
“It feels great we’re getting started on a tear,” Gordon enthused.
The Thunder will wrap up their two-game series with the Bulldogs tomorrow at 5 p.m. (note the early start time).
The North Stars play the K&A Variety Golden Hawks tonight.

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