The Airdrie Techmation Thunder will enter the playoff race in the Heritage Junior Hockey League on a two-game winning streak after doubling the Strathmore Wheatland Kings 4 - 2 at the Ron Ebbesen Arena last night (February 10).
The last-game victory gives Airdrie 23 for the season against 13 losses and two overtime losses. They end up second in the North Division with 48 points, six behind the Sylvan Lake Wranglers who still have a game left to play this weekend. The Mountainview Colts of Didsbury will finish in third with 44 points. The Colts too have one game left to play.
In the game last night, the Thunder scored a pair of goals in the first and two more in the second to take a 4 - 0 lead heading into the third. Strathmore would score their own pair in the third period but that was as close as they came.
Airdrie goals were scored by Jack Turton and Joey Haden in the first and Jared Miller and Kyle Shoemaker in the second. Haden's goal was his team-leading 26th of the season. He's added 17 assists for 43 points and sits 15th in the HJHL scoring race.
The Thunder fired 51 shots at the Strathmore goalie while the Kings had 42 on Austin White who was between the pipes for Airdrie.
Following games today and tomorrow, playoff action gets underway Wednesday night in Didsbury when the Colts host the team that finished sixth in the North, the Three Hills Thrashers. The other first-round best-of-three in the North Division sees the fourth-place Rocky Rams taking on the Red Deer Vipers who will end the year in fifth place. The date for the start of that series hasn't been set. The Sylvan Lake Wranglers and the Thunder both have a bye in the first round by virtue of finishing in first and second place respectively.
In the South Division, Okotoks finished in top spot while Medicine Hat came in second. Both will have first-round byes. Third-place Cochrane opens up against the sixth-place High River Flyers next Friday night in Cochrane. The fourth-place Wheatland Kings host fifth-place Coaldale the previous night, Thursday, February 15th.
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