Thunder ready to face Ice Dogs

The Borderland Thunder head into tonight’s game against the host Dryden Ice Dogs unbeaten in their last five.
In eight games against the Ice Dogs so far this season, the Thunder sport a 4-3-1 record, with three of those games having gone into overtime.
In fact, Borderland is looking to make it three-straight against the Ice Dogs tonight, having earned a 4-1 decision up in Dryden last Wednesday night to go along with a 1-0 overtime win here back on Feb. 3.
The Thunder also are coming off a tie and a win against the KC Bulldogs last weekend in Thunder Bay.
Borderland scored three times in the second period Saturday night en route to a 4-2 win over the host Bulldogs, with Mike Downer earning the win between the pipes—his first of the season in three tries.
Cale David had opened the scoring for the Thunder at 6:38 of the first with his third of the season. Kevin Webb, the team’s leading scorer, drew an assist.
The Bulldogs tied it late in the period, but the Thunder regained the lead with three in the second. David got his second of the game (Webb, Kurt Hogard), before Webb scored one of his own (from Hogard).
Then Andrew Perrault netted his first of the campaign at 12:51 (Stodgell).
It was a different story on Friday night as the Thunder failed to hold onto a 3-1 lead after two periods.
After scoring two in the first—Schroder (unassisted) at 5:55 and Green (Webb) at 16:39—the teams traded goals in the second. Boyer (McLeod/Hogard) was the Thunder marksman.
But the Bulldogs roared back to score three in the third against starter Dan Hoehne while the Thunder added only one more to their total—McAndrew (Hogard/Windigo). Hoehne also got the call last Wednesday in Dryden as the Thunder prevailed 4-1, scoring two in the second and two more in the third.
Dault (David/McLeod) and McAndrew (Perrault/Webb) both scored in the middle period while McAndrew (Green/Webb) and Boyer (Schroder/Weossner) added insurance tallies over the final 20 minutes.
The Thunder currently are third in the SIJHL standings, five points better than the fourth-place Bulldogs.
After tonight, Borderland returns to Thunder Bay this Friday and Saturday to take on the last place K&A Golden Hawks.
Their next home game is Tuesday (Feb. 24) when the Ice Dogs make a return visit to the Ice for Kids Arena. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.