Last Saturday night (November 18th, the Airdrie Techmation Thunder ended a six-game losing streak by blowing out the Ponoka Stampeders 12 - 1. Friday night, they did it again, this time blasting the Stamps 8 - 2 at the Ron Ebbesen Arena in Airdrie.
Compared to last week's game which saw Airdrie actually fall behind 1 - 0 early in the first period before scoring a pair of goals to lead 2 - 1 after 20 minutes, the indications last night gave the appearance after one period that the Thunder might hit the high doulbe-digits. It was a wild opening period that saw the Thunder score six goals with Ponoka netting two. Airdrie's first five goals came in a span of less than six minutes and came from the sticks of Tanner Chapman, Grady Hauk, Markus Dixon, Will Barrett, and Tyson Sandhu. After the five-goal onslaught, Ponoka would score both of their goals before Calan Blondeau scored his first of two on the night to finish off the opening period.
The second period turned out to be a scoreless affair but, in the third, Airdrie's Rodie John Pickens made the score 7 - 2 and Blondeau's second of the night and fifth of the season rounded out the scoring.
Airdrie pelted the Ponoka goal with 59 shots, including 23 in the six-goal first, The Stampeders took 31 at Austin White who was in goal for the Thunder.
The win gives Airdrie a 5-12-1 record on the season. They lead Three Hills by a single point and are three points behind the Red Deer Vipers in the battle for fourth place in the Heritage Junior Hockey League North Division. That sets up an important match-up when the Thunder return to action next Friday night against the Thrashers. The puck drops at the Ron Ebbesen Arena at 8:00 pm.
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