A pair of one-goal losses to Heritage Junior Hockey League North Division opponents this weekend have dropped the Airdrie Techmation Thunder record to 5-14-1 on the season, leaving them in sixth place in the North.
Friday night the Thunder had the chance to leap-frog the Three Hills Thrashers, a team they went into the game at the Ron Ebbesen Arena trailing by just a single point.
Things looked promising when Airdrie's Will Barrett put the Thunder up 1 - 0 with his second goal of the season at the 6:43 mark of the first. That lead lasted until just over five minutes into the second frame when the Thrashers tied things up. Ten minutes later they went ahead 2 - 1. With time running out in the period, the Thunder went to the power play with Barrett notching his second of the night to tie the game heading to the third. To Airdrie's chagrin, Three Hills would score a power play goal of their own just before the midway point of the period, a goal that would stand up to be the winner in a 3 - 2 Thrashers' win.
Three Hills outshot Airdrie by a 38 - 26 margin. Austin White suffered the loss in the Thunder net.
Saturday night Airdrie hit the road for the short drive to Didsbury to face the Mountainview Colts who hold down third place in the North Division.
Two first-period goals gave the hometown Colts the start they needed. An early second-period power play would lead to the Thunder's opening goal which came off the stick of Cayden Hartnell, his fourth of the year. Just over a minute later, Zane Labbe restored the two-goal cushion for the Colts before Airdrie would fight back again with Grady Hauk scoring to make the score 3 - 2 Colts after 40 minutes.
Five minutes into the third period Mountainview went ahead by two. Another Airdrie power play would lead to a goal from Damon Pennoyer that pulled them within one with 11 minutes remaining in the game. That was as close as the Thunder would come as they fell 4 - 3.
Mountainview dominated in the shots-on-goal department, firing 39 at Airdrie goalie Zachary Larson to just 16 directed at Colts' goaltender Jordan McGinnis by the Thunder.
Next weekend the Thunder will take a swing through southern Alberta for a pair of games against South Division opponents. Saturday night they'll face the Coaldale Copperheads and will take on the Cubs in Medicine Hat Sunday afternoon.
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