The Borderland Thunder are hungry for victory—and hope this weekend’s menu includes roasted Hawks.
With less than 10 games left in the regular season, the league-leading Thunder (27-9-5-2) will take on the fifth-place Feathermen Hawks (10-31-1-4) tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the Ice for Kids Arena.
The Thunder are 8-1-1 against the Hawks so far this season, outscoring them 60-30 in the process.
The squad is coming off a 4-3 overtime road loss to the Dryden Ice Dogs on Wednesday night, but still hold a four-point lead over the Thunder Bay Downtown Volkswagen Bulldogs while having three games in hand.
The Hawks, meanwhile, have lost four in a row—and seven of their last eight. They already are counting the days until next season, having been officially eliminated from the playoff hunt for some time now.
The SIJHL’s worst team both offensively (only 160 goals in 46 games) and defensively (274 goals allowed), the Hawks’ rough-and-tumble style has earned them a whopping 2,212 penalty minutes this season—nearly double that of the Thunder (1,184).
Three Hawks are in the top 10 in penalty minutes in the SIJHL, including league leader Kurtis Klages, who has 257 penalty minutes in just 39 games.