Thunder sweep host Hawks

The Borderland Thunder went from winning in a cakewalk to surviving by the skin of their teeth.
The SIJHL leaders crushed the Feathermen Hawks 9-1 in Thunder Bay on Saturday night, then squeaked past the host Hawks 4-3 in overtime yesterday afternoon to run their unbeaten streak to five games.
Matt Johnson, who tied A.J. Tucker for the team lead with five points in the two games, sped down the right side before sending a pass across to David Lloyd, who made no mistake in drilling the game-winner yesterday.
“I thought the guys stayed focused and played very well,” said Thunder head coach Dave Allison, who has guided Borderland (18-4-4-1) to a 7-1-1 record in their last nine games to stretch the team’s lead over the second-place Thunder Bay KC Bulldogs and Fort William Wolves to seven points.
The Hawks (8-19-1-4) remain in fifth place, and have won only once in their last 11 outings.
Thunder goalie Jamie Munro upped his record to 7-1-1 as regular starter Dan Hoehne continued to serve as the backup while dealing with headaches from a possible post-concussion syndrome that was re-aggravated during a recent collision in practice.
The Thunder return to action Jan. 3-4 at home against the Bulldogs.