The Airdrie Thunder started the 2011/12 preseason on a sour note, as the Heritage Junior B Champion Blackfalds Ford Wranglers continued their strong play from last years campaign.

Both teams opened up the leagues pre season schedule with an 8-4 win for the Ford Wranglers.

Sunday, they were on the right side of a high scoring affair, beating the Red Deer Vipers 9-8. 

The Thunder hit the ice next to take on the AJHL's Calgary Canucks at Max Bell Arena on Tuesday.

The Cochrane Generals don't start their preseason until Friday, against the High River Flyers.