This week, the Thursday Thunder Player of the Week for the Airdrie Techmation Thunder is rookie Damon Pennoyer. This is the second time he has been selected for Thursday Thunder Player of the Week.
From Calgary, Pennoyer grew up playing hockey in the Springbank area. Now 18 years old, Pennoyer wanted to play more competitive Junior B hockey than what there is in Calgary, so he decided to come play for the Thunder.
Friday night the Thunder gave the first-place team in the North Division, the Sylvan Lake Wranglers, all they could possibly handle but just couldn't put them away, losing 5 - 4 in a shootout at the Ron Ebbesen Arena. On Saturday, the Thunder lost 6-0 to the Carstar Okotoks Bisons.
Pennoyer had a total of three points over the weekend, two goals and one assist.
According to Shaun Guest, the General Manager for the Airdrie Thunder, Pennoyer was selected for Thursday Thunder because he is contributing on the scoreboard and is growing as a rookie.
Pennoyer is second on the team for points with 20 on the season, 13 goals and five assists.
"If we can keep playing the way we've been playing and finish out games, we'll have a good chance at playoffs this year."
The two-weekend losses dropped the Thunder out of fifth place and into sixth in the North after the Red Deer Vipers picked up a pair of wins this weekend, downing the Mountainview Colts 5 - 4 in overtime before getting past the Rocky Rams 3 - 2 last night. Airdrie has a record of 8-20-4 while Red Deer improves to 11-21-0. Both teams have played 32 games.
"This weekend, if we can win both games, that'd be huge."
While in his rookie season, Pennoyer is pleased with how he has done when it comes to contributing to the team.
"I've been trying to play my best with whoever I'm playing with. I try to help the team in any way I can, whether that's trying to score goals or just playing solid defensively."
While working in construction this year, Pennoyer is currently unsure of where he will play next year as he plans to start going to school.
Friday night the Thunder meet the last place Ponoka Stampeders at 8:00 pm in Airdrie at the Ron Ebbesen Arena. Saturday Airdrie travels to Three Hills to face the Thrashers.
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