Thrashers lose pair at home

Two home games against two of the top teams in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League saw the Thrashers battle hard but came up on the losing end both nights.
After Cochrane scored midway through the first period on Friday night, Three Hills responded with four goals early in the second period. Corbin Weston's 13th goal of the season got the offense started. Michael Stoetzel scored to give Three Hills the lead, and his goal was quickly followed by Jesse Schuenert's first of the year. Ryan Layden's goal made it 4-1 Thrashers. However a major penalty to Calvin Main put the Generals on the powerplay for five minutes late in the second stanza, and they fired home two goals to cut the deficit to 4-3 after forty minutes. The Thrashers did not sit back in the third period and protect the lead but could not get an insurance marker and Mike Matlo's second goal of the night with just 1:19 remaining in regulation time sent the game to overtime. Matlo scored his hat trick goal halfway through the extra session to give the visitors a 5-4 victory.
Saturday night the Thrashers hosted the South division's top team, the Coaldale Copperheads. After the Copperheads opened the scoring, Blaine Hoppins replied with a powerplay goal for the Thrashers to even the score. However, two goals in a span of two minutes put Coaldale ahead 3-1 after twenty minutes. Early in the second period, Matt Wildeman scored to make it 3-2, but Coaldale restored their two goal advantage a coupl minutes later. Hoppins second powerplay goal of the night was followed by a multi-player altercation afterwards, and the resulting powerplay saw Jesse Schuenert rifle a shot from the point that beat Coaldale goalie Braden Bloor to tie the score. Just over a minute into the third period, Coaldale took the lead with a powerplay goal, and again the Thrashers tied the game as Jamie Fabian fired home his own rebound for another Thrashers powerplay goal. However, Coaldale took the lead for good a couple minutes later and added an insurance marker with just four minutes remaining to skate away with a 7-5 victory.
The Thrashers continue their homestand with a game on Friday night (Nov 12) against the Banff Academy Bears and then on Saturday evening they host the Medicine Hat Cubs. Fans are also encouraged to prepare for Teddy Bear Toss night, coming on Saturday November 20. When the Thrashers score the first goal that night, fans will have a chance to throw new Teddy Bears on the ice and the stuffed animals collected will be distributed to needy children at Christmas time through Family & Community Services.