The Airdrie Techmation Thunder dropped a pair of games to North Division opponents in the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL) this weekend.
They did, however, manage to pick up one point from the two games by taking the Mountainview Colts to overtime Friday night at the Ron Ebbesen Arena.
It was a game that the Thunder may wish they had back after building up a 2 - 0 lead after 40 minutes. Grady Hauk notched his eighth of the season, unassisted in the first before Ryder Terpstra made it two-zip in the second.
Then, the Colts sprang to life in the third period with Cohen Richardson making the score 2 - 1 just past the midway mark. Didsbury's Steven Bell would send the game to an extra frame when he scored with just 16 ticks on the clock.
The overtime frame lasted less than two minutes. Haiden Parks scored his 20th goal of the season giving Mountainview their 11th win of the season, sending Airdrie to their 18th loss. The Colts outshot Airdrie 36 - 31 and each team was 0 for 2 on the power play. Austin White was between the pipes for the Thunder.
The team's second loss of the weekend came Saturday night when they fell again at home, losing 5 - 3 to the Rocky Rams.
The Rocky Mountain House squad scored once in the first and third periods with three goals in the middle frame. Airdrie got goals from Jeremy Jobin in the second with Justin LeGrandeur and Ryder Terpstra scoring in the third period after Rocky's lead had increased to 5 - 1.
Surprisingly, the Thunder held a wide margin on the shot clock. They fired 46 pucks at the Rams' goal while Rocky only managed 27 against Josh Feddema who was in the Airdrie net.
Airdrie will take an 8-19-3 record into a pair of tough games next weekend. On Friday night they host the Sylvan Lake Wranglers who hold down first place in the North Division. Sylvan Lake has lost only twice this season. Game time at the Ron Ebbesen is 8:15 pm. On Saturday the Thunder make the trip to Okotoks to face the Carstar Bisons for an 8:30 pm game. Okotoks is 26-3-0 this season, in first place in the South Division.
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