They only took to the ice once this weekend, but that turned out to be a loss for the Airdrie Techmation Thunder, their 11th in 15 starts this season.
The Thunder hosted the Cannex Cochrane Generals, a team with just two losses this year and tied for second in the South Division. The Generals proved to be too much for the Thunder to handle as they scored a 5 - 2 win at the Ron Ebbesen Arena.
Goals just over two minutes apart in the first period staked the Gens to a 2 - 0 lead but last week's Thursday Thunder Player of the Week Ryder Terpstra would connect on his fourth goal of the season near the three-minute mark of the second to get Airdrie back in the game. That hope was short-lived as Cochrane scored three more times before the second period came to an end to make the score 5 - 1. Rodie John Pickens would get his first of the year for the Thunder less than two minutes into the third but it was too little, too late as the Generals skated to the 5 - 2 victory.
Josh Feddema had another busy night in the Airdrie net, blocking 40 of the 45 shots fired his way. The Thunder took less than half that total when they had just 22 at Cochrane's Benjamin Polhill. Cochrane scored once on two powerplay attempts while Airdrie was scoreless in their three chances with the man advantage.
The loss leaves the Thunder at 3-11-1, sixth in the North Division. Two games are on the agenda for the team this weekend. Friday night they'll face the High River Brewing Company Flyers at 8:00 pm in Ron Ebbesen. On Saturday the Thunder are in Ponoka to face the Stampeders who have just one win this season.
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