Thrashers earn victory over rival MountainView Colts

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The Three Hills Thrashers earned their first victory of the Heritage Junior B League hockey season last Wednesday night in a thrilling overtime game against the rival MountainView Colts.

After a scoreless first period, Matthew Myatt put MountainView ahead midway through the period. However, when the Thrashers Jeremy Melnyk was able to reply just 36 seconds later, one got a sense this might game might have a different result than the previous dozen. Early in the third period, rookie Connor Raddis scored his first goal of the season on a powerplay to give Three Hills a 2-1 lead. However, just a few minutes later the Colts evened the score and regulation time ended with the teams tied at two goals each. For the Thrashers the overtime was short and sweet. Just 22 seconds into the extra session, Carter Conway pounced on a rebound from Michael Lougheed’s shot and scored the OT winner. The team poured off the bench in celebration and the fans cheered their hometown team, finally able to go home cheering for a win. Klay Munro made 41 saves to earn the victory in the Thrashers goal.

On home ice again on Friday night, the Thrashers hosted the Cochrane Generals. The excitement of Wednesday night’s victory seemed to carry over as the teams each scored three goals in the opening twenty minutes. Michael Lougheed, Tanner Sharp, and Kevin Schrock tallied for Three Hills. The Generals continued to press hard and eventually seemed to wear down the Thrashers. Cochrane scored three goals in a span of five minutes to break the game open and take a 6-3 lead into the second intermission. Though the Thrashers tried to regain the momentum, the Generals were stingy in their defence and added a couple late markers to make the final score 8-3. Again, Klay Munro was solid in the Three Hills net making 52 saves.

Sunday afternoon the Thrashers were in Strathmore to battle the Kings. However, a horrific start for Three Hills saw Wheatland score four goals on their first seven shots and take a 5-0 lead into the first intermission. After Strathmore extended their lead, Alex Little’s first goal of the season provided some offence for Three Hills. However, the Kings just kept coming and lead 7-1 after two periods en route to a 9-1 victory.

The Thrashers played in Stettler last night against the Lightning and will play again on home ice Friday night (Dec. 15) as they host the Ponoka Stampeders. Game time is 8:00 pm at Centennial Place Arena.

Away from the arena, the Thrashers try to make a difference in our community as well. On Saturday (Dec. 16) the Thrashers will be delivering Food Hampers from the Three Hills Area Food Bank. Upon completion, the players will be having some fun at the Outdoor Rink from 12:30-2:00 pm and want to invite kids to come and join them on the ice. Come meet and skate with your favorite Thrashers player!