Thunder shoot down Hawks

It was Kevin Webb’s net, and the goaltenders from the K&A Variety Golden Hawks were just standing in it.
Webb exploded for five goals in two games, as the visiting Borderland Thunder made good on their first road trip of the year by beating the Hawks 8-5 Friday night and 4-2 on Saturday evening during SIJHL action in Thunder Bay.
The third-place Thunder (5-2-0- 0) are on a four-game winning streak, all victories over the lastplace Hawks (1-8-2-0). But the birds of prey were a handful, as they forced Borderland to come back from early deficits both nights.
K&A jumped out to a 4-0 lead by 12:12 of the first period on Friday, but Webb’s first of three for the evening at 16:52 of the frame started the Thunder on the road back.
The defending SIJHL champions connected for four goals on nine shots in the second period, which ended with the teams tied 5-5, then racked up three more in the third as they beat former Borderland goalie Ryan Crane for the second straight time.
Ryan Kramer added a pair for the winners, with Kurt Hogard, Dave Gooch, and Eric Schulz contributing singles to help Dan Hoehne (18 saves) collect his second win of the year. Trevor Zimak scored twice in a losing effort for the Hawks, while Eric Robin, Travis Grant, and SIJHL goal-scoring leader Vince Kurzewski (ninth of the campaign) also tallied for K&A.
Jared Baldwin got the call in net Saturday night for the Thunder, but after a first period which saw him make eight saves and surrender David Fleurent’s goal at 1:40, the first-year Thunder player had to call it a night because of impaired vision due to being unable to find his contact lenses before the game.
Hoehne stepped into the breach and made 21 saves while allowing only Grant’s second-period marker the rest of the way.
Webb, who tied the game in the first, squared the affair again in the second with his team-leading seventh of the year, before Hogard stuffed home the eventual game winner past Hawks goalie Carter Hutton after a brilliant drive to the net by Thunder captain Josh McAndrew.
Nate Weossner added an insurance marker in the third period to move the Thunder (10 points) within three points of the secondplace Fort William First Nation North Stars (6-3-1-0), while also holding three games in hand.
The first-place Dryden Ice Dogs (6-2-2-1) come to the Ice for Kids Arena tomorrow night for a 7:30 p.m. match-up, with Dryden looking for their second straight win over the Thunder after a 4-3 win here Sept. 30.