Thunder take another from Wolves

The Borderland Thunder faced a rejuvenated Thunder Bay Snowplowing Wolves team Sunday in Atikokan but the result was the same: a 5-0 win.
The Thunder (14-7-7) now are just two points behind the first-place Dryden Ice Dogs in the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings, and with a game in hand.
Yesterday’s game was a makeup contest for one cancelled last month due to an accident on the Trans-Canada Highway that prevented the Thunder from getting to Thunder Bay.
The Wolves, who sit last in the SIJHL with a dismal 1-27-2, shook up their lineup with a number of new faces, Thunder head coach Wayne Strachan said.
In turn, he was pleased his team was able to match their play en route to winning their seventh-straight game over the Wolves.
“[The Wolves] actually played pretty good. It’s the best game I’ve seen them play yet,” said Strachan, whose team was coming off a 13-day layoff.
“Our boys had to play hard for the win.”
Tyler Barker scored twice to pace the Thunder while Chad Baldwin, Ryan Hilfer, and Kyle Prystupa added singles. Back-up Tom Iwaniec got the start in goal and earned his third shutout of the season.
The Wolves were coming off two home losses Friday and Saturday to the Northwest Wisconsin Knights, falling by scores of 5-3 and 6-3.
But the Knights, who next will host the Thunder for a pair of games this weekend in Spooner, Wis., were dumped 9-2 by the Feathermen Hawks yesterday.
The Thunder’s next home game is slated Jan. 18 against the Thunder Bay Bulldogs.