Carter Conway to represent Thrashers at the Heritage Junior B League All-Star game

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Last Tuesday, the Thrashers travelled to Stettler to face-off against the Lightning. The home team struck twice in the opening period to get out to the early lead. Early in the second period, Connor Raddis’ goal put Three Hills on the board but only 29 seconds later, the Lightning replied to restore the two goal lead. The Thrashers got a power-play goal from Cale Severtson, his first goal of the season, and then less than a minute later Raddis scored his second of the night to make the score 3-3. However, less than a minute later, Stettler regained the lead and then scored a powerplay goal to extend the lead to 5-3. Yet again, the Thrashers replied quickly as Darek Samoleski scored on the power-play. However, the Thrashers hopes for a comeback were dashed when former Thrasher Dylan Houston scored for Stettler with just six seconds remaining in the second stanza to give the Lightning a 6-4 lead after forty minutes. Both teams settled down after a wide open second period and limited the other teams shots and scoring chances. As a result, a late empty net goal by the Lightning was the only scoring of the final frame as Stettler skated away with a 7-4 victory.

The Ponoka Stampeders came to visit the Thrashers on home ice on Friday night. The fans were not all seated when newcomer Scott McKenzie scored on his first shift with Three Hills just a minute and a half into action. Tanner Sharp’s second goal of the season extended the Thrashers lead before the midway point of the period. However, Sharp’s goal seemed to awaken the visiting Stampeders, and they replied by scoring three goals in the next four minutes before McKenzie’s second goal of the night tied the score at three before the first intermission.

The scoring settled down in the second stanza but the Stampeders managed to fire two pucks past Alex Jones in the Thrashers goal in the final five minutes of the period to take a 5-3 lead after forty minutes. Despite efforts to close the deficit, Three Hills could not score again and Ponoka skated away with a 6-3 victory. Jones made 47 saves in a losing effort in the Thrashers net.

The Thrashers played in Lacombe last night (Tues., Dec. 19) and play tonight as they host the Airdrie Thunder at Centennial Place Arena at 8:00 pm. They close out their 2017 schedule on Saturday night in Ponoka and return to action on January 5 to host Red Deer.

The Heritage Junior B League All-Star game will take place January 7, 2018 at Murray Arena in Okotoks. The Thrashers will be represented by Carter Conway.