For the first time in almost three months, the Borderland Thunder can call first place their own.
They took two of three games from the Feathermen Hawks over the weekend, including a 7-1 win here Friday night, to grab sole possession of first place in the Superior International Junior Hockey League standings with a 19-8-8 record.
That’s three points up on the Dryden Ice Dogs (18-9-7), who were idle this past weekend.
The Thunder, who won 8-1 on Saturday in the Hawks’ new arena, saw their 15-game unbeaten streak snapped there Sunday with a 5-1 loss.
The third-place Hawks (17-11-4) grabbed the early lead on goals by Keith Lawrence, Charly Washipabano, and Brent Greene.
Kevin Webb cut the gap to 3-1 in the second but Wesley Trapper and Steve Atkins tallied in the third to ice the victory.
In Friday night’s game here, Kyle Prystupa paced the Thunder with a hat trick while Justin Bodnarchuk, Ian Lockman, Webb, and Matt Johnson.
Their dominance continued Saturday as the Thunder spoiled the Hawks’ opening of their new rink—the Fort William First Nations Arena—with an 8-1 win.
Webb, Prystupa, and Josh Baxter each scored twice in the romp, with Lockman and Chad Baldwin adding singles.
The Thunder next will travel to Dryden on Wednesday to face the Ice Dogs before hosting the Thunder Bay Snowplowing Wolves for a pair of games Saturday and Sunday.