It was a historic season for the Airdrie Thunder and they capped it off in record-setting fashion last night (February 9) in their final game of the regular season.
The Thunder scored a 4 - 2 victory over the Stettler Lightning for their 35th win of the season against just three losses. That eclipses the old record of 34 and 4 set by the 2005 - 2006 version of the Thunder.
Brayden Dunn had a goal and assist to lead the way as Coach Derek Stamp elected to rest half of his regular lineup and play affiliate players.
Three sets of siblings dressed for the game for Airdrie, Jacob and Matthew MacDonald, Tyler and Jake Petrie and Mike and Zac Dubois. Both of the Petrie brothers scored goals with Zac Giroux rounding out the scoring.
Stamp put the historic regular season into perspective saying, "We are proud of everything this team accomplished in the regular season. Although setting a franchise record was never the goal, it's a nice way to finish." He says, "We feel good as we head into the playoffs."
In Cochrane last night the Generals doubled the Medicine Hat Cubs 4 - 2 in the first game of a weekend home and home series. The two teams will meet again this afternoon in Medicine Hat on the final day of regular season play.
The Red Deer Vipers thumped the Mountainview Colts 7 - 2 at home.
Both the Thunder and the second place Vipers now have a bye in the first round of the Northern Division playoffs. Mountainview finished third in the North.
Coaldale was first in the Southern Division followed by the Okotoks Bisons and the Generals who will end up in third.
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