Thrashers back on the ice

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After a three week break, the Three Hills Thrashers were back on the ice in Heritage Junior B Hockey League action last Friday night. Unfortunately, the result was similar to before as the Thrashers lost to the Blackfalds Wranglers.

The home team came out strong as Tanner Boutin gave the Thrashers the lead eight minutes into the first period. However, a powerplay goal by the Wranglers tied the game and then the scored a pair of goals only 19 seconds apart to take a 3-1 lead into the dressing room after twenty minutes. The Wranglers came out in the second period and continued to poor on the offensive pressure, firing 30 shots at the Thrashers goal, after 19 shots in the first period. They scored four times before Nathan Waibour notched a powerplay goal for Three Hills to make the score 7-2 entering the final frame. The Wranglers fired two more past Klay Munro, who came into the Thrashers net after the fourth Wranglers goal, relieving Alex Jones, to make the final score 9-2.

Sunday night the Thrashers travelled to Coaldale to take on the Copperheads. Unfortunately, the long bus ride was followed by an even longer not for Three Hills as Coaldale completely dominated, scoring four goals in each period for a 12-0 route.

Coach Ian Hall sees positive progress, while recognizing the team is clearly struggling. For example, in Sunday night’s game in Coaldale, the teams had the same number of shots on goal in the third period. Likewise in the first two periods, they had stretches where they played evenly with the Copperheads and yet obviously other stretches, usually of about 5-10 minutes of game time where the oppositions scoring chances and goals just snowball.

The Thrashers will try again to get their first win of the season on Friday night as they host the Okotoks Bisons. Saturday night they travel to Red Deer to face the Vipers.