The Airdrie Techmation Thunder have moved into second place in the North Division of the Heritage Junior Hockey League (HJHL) after a pair of important wins this weekend.

The Thunder hosted the Rocky Rams on Friday night in a game that would go to overtime before being decided, despite being dominated by Airdrie who outshot the Rams 50 - 22.  

The Rams scored the only goal of the first before Aiden Moore and Reed Chalmers would connect for the Thunder for a 2 - 1 lead.  Before the second period was over, the Rams would score two more for a 3 - 2 lead heading for the third.  With under four minutes to go Jeremy Jobin would knot the game at three and send it to overtime where it took just 47 seconds for Jacob Cathcart to send the Airdrie fans home happy.

On Saturday night the Thunder would take on the always-tough Generals in a game in the Cochrane Arena.  

Airdrie was quick out of the gate and most of the damage was done by Joey Haden who scored a natural hat trick in the first period, leading the Thunder to a 3 - 0 lead after 16:24 of play.  Tristan Ripplinger of the Gens would spoil the shutout dreams of Airdrie goalie Josh Feddema with less than a minute and a half before the opening frame came to an end.

Ethan Mateice would pull Cochrane to within one late in the second and set the stage for a nail-biting third period where the only goal would come off the stick of Jacob Cathcart as the remaining minutes ticked off the clock.  

The two victories give the Thunder 40 points from a record of 19-12-2.  Airdrie is five points back of the first-place Sylvan Lake Wranglers and three points ahead of the third-place Mountainview Colts who lost both games they played this weekend, 6 - 3 to the Wranglers and 1 - 0 last night against the Red Deer Vipers.

The Thunder have two more games next weekend, Friday night when they take on the Three Hills Thrashers at 8:00 pm in the Ron Ebbesen Arena.  On Saturday Airdrie is in Didsbury to face the Colts.  

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