Thunder shoot down Hawks in weekend wins

Ho-ho-home ice was exactly what the Borderland Thunder needed to receive some pre- Christmas joy.
The fourth-place Thunder (9-13- 1-1) hit the halfway point of the SIJHL’s regular season on a muchneeded positive note, snapping a five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win here Friday night and an 8-3 victory Saturday afternoon against the last-place K&A Variety Golden Hawks (2-25-2).
Kurt Hogard’s third-period power-play goal was the game-winner Friday, derailing an outstanding night by K&A’s Nathan Hookimaw, who scored four-straight goals to erase a 5-1 second-period deficit.
Hookimaw also assisted on Jesse Smith’s first-period tally to finish with five points for the night.
Nate Weossner notched a pair for the Thunder, with Justin Green, Rob Scales, and Andrew Dault adding singles to help goalie Dan Hoehne pick up the win between the pipes.
While there were no fisticuffs Friday night, four scraps took place in the final 23 minutes of Saturday’s game, kicked off by the Thunder’s Ian Lockman—just back from a three-game suspension for hitting from behind—dropping the gloves against former Thunder and Muskie player Jared Catholique- Bruyere.
The Thunder again grabbed a 5- 1 lead Saturday, and again had it threatened as the Hawks scored twice in the third to cut the advantage to two.
But Eric Schultz scored 13 seconds after K&A made it 5-3, and Borderland cruised from there to the final buzzer to remain undefeated against K&A this season (6- 0) and also hand the Hawks their 12th loss in a row.
Sean Councillor, who had his one-game suspension for a third fighting infraction dropped before Friday night’s game, and David Gooch had two goals each for the Thunder.
Stephen MacLeod, Weossner, and Aaron Boyer added singles while Hoehne improved to 2-1 since returning from a five-week layoff due to post-concussion syndrome.
Brent Irwin netted a pair for the Hawks, with Hookimaw adding the other.
The Thunder return to action Jan. 3-4 at the Ice for Kids Arena against the third-place Thunder Bay KC Bulldogs (10-12-2-2), who are four points up on Borderland but have played two more games.