Thunder sweep Wolves to jump into second place

The Borderland Thunder swept the Thunder Bay Wolves 8-3 and 7-0 over the weekend here to extend their unbeaten streak to eight games.
The wins also vaulted the Thunder into second place of the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings heading into the Christmas break.
“They did a good job and they finished the first half of the [season] off strongly,” said Thunder head coach Wayne Strachan, whose team improved to 13-7-7 (33 points) to move past the Feathermen Hawks (14-8-4) in the standings.
The Dryden Ice Dogs earned two ties and a win in Thunder Bay over the weekend to remain in first place with a 15-7-7 record (37 points).
The Thunder attacked the Wolves often and early in both games with strong forechecking to give them sizable leads after 40 minutes of play each night.
Goals by Kyle Prystupa, Chad Baldwin, Ian Lockman, and Dallas Mosbeck in the first period of Saturday’s game came off Wolves’ giveaways.
The third and fourth goals came in the last 10 minutes of the first as Lockman missed a point-blank one-timer at Wolves’ goalie Jason Stajkowski before netting in his rebound.
Mosbeck then cashed in a high shot while falling down in the slot.
Thunder defencemen lit the red light the rest of the way as Jay Phillips, David Lloyd (his first of the year after tipping a Kris Esselink shot from the point), and Terry Parisian (unassisted on a wrist shot from the blueline) rounded out the scoring.
Backup Thunder goalie Tom Iwaniec (5-3-3) stopped 18 shots to earn his second shutout of the season.
“[Strachan] took advantage of his full bench and we were a little depleted,” said Wolves head coach Dave Simpson, whose team fell to a woeful 1-24-2 on the season.
On Friday night, the Thunder jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Lockman and Adam Sus, then blew open the game with a five-goal outburst in the second on markers by Baldwin, Phillips, Matt Johnson, Clayton Windego, and Justin Bodnarchuk.
Johnson scored again on a 5-on-3 power play in the third.
Thunder goalie Rob Hrabec held the Wolves scoreless until the 10-minute mark of the second period, when he was lifted for Iwaniec, who gave up Thunder Bay’s three goals.
The Thunder now are enjoying a 10-day break before hitting the ice for a practice Jan. 2, then going to Spooner, Wis. for a pair of games Jan. 11-12 against the Northwest Wisconsin Knights.
Their next home game is Jan. 18 against the Thunder Bay KC Bulldogs.