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Thunder looking to finish off Ice Dogs


A few more high fives this weekend could put the Borderland Thunder in line for their first-ever SIJHL title.

Coming off 5-0 and 5-3 victories here last Friday and Saturday night, respectively, the Thunder take a 2-0 lead into Dryden as their best-of-seven semi-final series against the defending champion Ice Dogs continues tonight and tomorrow.

Two more wins would be sweet redemption for the Thunder, who were swept 4-0 by the Ice Dogs in last year’s SIJHL final.

Kevin Webb’s three points has the Borderland forward tied for first in the playoff points race with Brian Dzijak of the Thunder Bay KC Bulldogs, while Thunder goalie Dan Hoehne leads all netminders in both wins (two) and goals against average (1.50).

The Thunder also hope to have forwards Josh Baxter (knee) and A.J. Tucker (ankle), as well as defencemen David Lloyd (shoulder) and Clayton Windigo (shoulder), back in their lineup tonight.

And forward Ian Lockman will return after missing Game 2 here last Saturday due to a suspension issued by the league following a game misconduct the previous evening.

Game 5, if necessary, will take place here Monday at 7:30 p.m. while Game 6, if one is needed, is scheduled for next Friday back in Dryden.

A Game 7, if necessary, would be played back here (no date has been set yet).

The winner of this series will face the survivor of the Bulldogs-Fort William First Nation Wolves semi-final showdown, which is tied 1-1.

Games 3 and 4 of that series go tonight and tomorrow night at the Fort William First Nation Arena.

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