Thrashers struggle to find footing

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Another weekend saw another pair of disappointing losses for the Three Hills Thrashers.

Coming off a 13-0 loss in Cochrane on Friday, October 6, the Thrashers took the ice Friday night at home against the Mountainview Colts. Unfortunately, an early power-play goal by the Colts less three minutes into the game was indicative of the way the game would go. In fact, Mountainview scored three goals in each period to claim a 9-0 victory in a game head coach Ian Hall agrees the team did not play very well. Klay Munro was given the hook midway through the second period after the Colts made the score 6-0 and Alex Jones played the remainder of the game. Each goaltender made 25 saves in a game where they were at times the only ones defending the Thrashers net.

Saturday night the team made the long road trip to Medicine Hat to face the Cubs. The visiting Thrashers were able to withstand the Cubs offence for most of the first period until the home team finally capitalized on two late period power-plays to take a 2-0 lead after twenty minutes. The play was much more even in the second stanza and Tanner Boutin scored his second goal of the season to put the Thrashers within a goal. However, before the second period ended the Cubs regained their two goal advantage with a short-handed marker. That goal was clearly the “TSN Turning Point” as Medicine Hat came out in the third period to score four times in the first half of the frame en route to a 7-1 victory. Alex Jones was again strong in the Thrashers goal making 46 saves. Coach Hall was pleased with the team’s effort and felt the team really had a chance to earn at least a point after two periods. Patience remains the key word for this young team moving forward.

The Thrashers travel to Airdrie on Friday night (October 20) before their next home game on Wednesday, October 25 at 8:00 pm when they host the Strathmore Wheatland Kings at Centennial Place Arena