The Airdrie Techmation Thunder only had to work half as hard as they expected to this weekend.
After hosting the Red Deer Vipers Friday night, the Thunder were expected to make a road call in Three Hills Saturday night for a game against the Thrashers. But the inclement weather and warnings from RCMP to stay off the QE II headed north from Airdrie forced that game to be postponed to a later date.
The game that the Thunder did get in this weekend produced a 5 - 3, come-from-behind win over Red Deer. Before some of the hometown crowd had made their way to their seats in the Ron Ebbesen Arena, the Vipers made it 1 - 0 with a goal just 15 seconds after the opening face-off when Andrew Wallace got his first of two goals in the opening frame.
Red Deer's Kobe Karol made it 2 - 0 Vipers before Jacob Cathcart's goal pulled the Thunder to within one. Wallace would score his second to give the Vipers a 3 - 1 lead that would stand up into the third period. Just past the five-minute mark of the final frame, Will Barrett made it 3 - 2 with Cathcart adding his second of the game to tie it less than three minutes later.
Just after the clock ticked past the halfway mark of the final period, Jack Turton's power-play goal became the game-winner with Jared Miller scoring an empty net goal with one second remaining in the game to give the Thunder their 5 - 3 win.
Airdrie outshot Red Deer 43 - 31in the game. The win moves the Thunder one point ahead of Red Deer into third in the Heritage Junior Hockey League's North Division. Airdrie is 6 - 5 for 12 points on the season.
The Thunder will host Three Hills on Remembrance Day, Friday, November 11th. The puck drops at 8:00 pm in the Ron Ebbesen Arena. Saturday night Airdrie is in Rocky to face the Rams.
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