The Airdrie Techmation Thunder saw their Heritage Junior Hockey League record fall to 3-10-1 this weekend when they lost a pair of games, one at home, and one on the road.
On Friday the Thunder hosted their perennial rivals, the Red Deer Vipers. Red Deer has also struggled this season and went into the weekend with just four wins in 13 games. As has been the case in many games this season, penalty problems did the Thunder in as all five Vipers goals came with the man advantage in a 5 - 4 win.
Zach Couling, Tate Rigel, Ryder Terprstra, and Tanner Chapman scored for Airdrie who held leads of 1 - 0 after one period and 2 - 1 after two. Leading 4 - 2 in the third, things would fall apart for the Thunder with three unanswered powerplay goals by Red Deer who outshot Airdrie 52 - 38 with Josh Feddema taking the loss in goal.
A trip to High River for a game against the High River Brewing Co. Flyers was on the Thunder's agenda last night Although they didn't take as many penalties as the previous night, the Thunder did take enough to give the Flyers five powerplay chances from which they scored twice and went on to a 4 - 2 win.
The Flyers would get off to a 1 - 0 lead after 20 minutes and extend that lead to 4 - 0 after 40. Cayden Hartnell scored his first of the season for the Thunder just over two minutes into the third but any ideas Airdrie had for a comeback would stall from that point. Calan Blondeau would add the final Thunder goal with under a minute left in the game to make the final score 4 - 2 Flyers. High River fired a massive 59 shots at Thunder goalie Josh Feddema who was making his second start of the weekend. Airdrie managed 29 at High Rivers' Kashton Payne.
The Thunder play just a single game next weekend. On Friday night they'll entertain the Cannex Cochrane Generals at 8:00 pm at the Ron Ebbesen Arena. Cochrane is in second place in the South Division with a record of 10-2-1 and trails Okotoks by three points, The Generals have a game in hand.
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