The Three Hills Thrashers knew they were in for a difficult weekend, facing two of their north division rivals.
On Friday night, Three Hills travelled to Airdrie to face the Thunder. Tom Vanderlinde got the Thrashers started on a positive note, firing home his fourth goal of the year just over eight minutes into the game. However, Airdrie replied with a powerplay goal for minutes later and took the lead before the period ended on Alex Hustad's first goal of the night. Hustad added two more in the second stanza, scoring a natural hat trick and chasing Brady Hoover from the Thrashers goal. Tristan Cunningham scored a powerplay goal for the Thrashers just 47 seconds into the final frame, but that was as close as the visitors could get. The Thunder fired two late goals past Devon Dell to claim a 6-2 victory.
Sunday afternoon the boys were in Blackfalds to battle the North division's top team. Coach Ian Hall felt the Thrashers played much better than on Friday night. The teams battled back and forth and found themselves deadlocked 1-1 in the third period with Lucas Ford having scored for Three Hills. However, with just 54 seconds remaining in regulation time, the Wranglers scored the winning goal to send the Thrashers away empty-handed in terms of points.
The Thrashers travel to Medicine Hat for a Friday night game and then down the road to Coaldale for a Saturday night game before the Christmas break. They have fallen into fourth place in the North division, just one point behind Airdrie. Their first home game in the new year is January 5 vs. Ponoka.