Thunder trying to avoid elimination

The next two games could be the last of the season for the Borderland Thunder if they aren’t able to come away with at least one win either tonight or tomorrow against the visiting Fort William First Nation North Stars.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. both nights at the Ice for Kids Arena.
The North Stars lead the best-of-seven SIJHL final 2-0 after 4-3 and 7-4 wins in Thunder Bay last weekend.
Fort William is riding a six-game winning streak, having swept the K&A Golden Hawks in their semi-final series.
The Thunder had swept the Dryden Ice Dogs in their semi-final series, but couldn’t beat the North Stars in the first two games of this series on the road.
The winner advances to the Dudley Hewitt Cup later this month in Georgetown.
In their six playoff games so far, the Thunder have notched 17 goals (2.83 goals per game) but have allowed 15 (2.5 per game).
The North Stars, meanwhile, have had a much more potent offence so far in the playoffs, producing 38 goals (6.3 goals per game), although the gap defensively between them and the Thunder isn’t as large, allowing 13 goals (2.16 goals per game).
The Thunder’s leading points-getter is captain Kurt Hogard, a defenceman who has eight points (three goals and five assists) in the six games.
Hogard is third among the top-10 SIJHL playoff scoring leaders, and is the only player other than a North Star to be on that list. Joey Nigro is tops with 12 points (five goals and seven assists).
Josh McAndrew has five points (three goals and two assists), as does Dennis Morrison (two goals and three assists), to sit tied for second in team scoring behind Hogard.
Tyler Gordon, who entered the SIJHL final series with a 0.59 goals against average and a .976 save percentage, is now supporting a 2.49 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

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