Weekend win for the Three Hills Thrashers

Thrashers Jan Win

The Three Hills Thrashers came away at .500 after a weekend of games, with a loss at the hands of the Blackfalds Wranglers on Friday night, and a win over the Ponoka Stampeders on Saturday.

The Wranglers were solidly the stronger team on Friday night, opening the scoring and keeping the game at 2-0 through to the end of the first period. Soon into the second, the Thrashers were able to score with a goal by Hall from Schrock and Van Doren, but Blackfalds came back with two quick ones, and then a power-play goal, to bring the game to 5-1. At 15:44 of the second period the Thrashers got their own power-play goal by Schrock from Waiboer to bring the score to 5-2, which is where it would stay at the end of the period.

The third period began quietly, but six minutes in Carroll flashed the leather and came up with a big save for the Thrashers. Coming off the momentum of the save, Gray scored for the Thrashers from Kary and Hall at 6:29 to bring the game to just a two goal difference, the game now at 5-3. However, Blackfalds would get two more, at 7:05 and 9:05, and the game would stay a 7-3 loss for the Thrashers. Shots were 28-69 in favour of the Wranglers, indicating a lack of offence from the Thrashers but a tremendous effort for Carroll with a 0.898 save percentage.

The Thrashers fared much better against the Ponoka Stampeders on Saturday night. The Thrashers opened the scoring on a power-play goal by Van Doren from Waiboer at 5:38. Ponoka would respond with a top-shelf goal, and then another right off of the face-off to bring the score to 2-1 at 11:26. Just two minutes later, though, Wilson, from Morgan, would respond for a tie score of 2-2 to end the period.

The second period began with 50 seconds of successful penalty kill for the Thrashers, and at 4:28 Hall, from Schrock and Little, would again put the Thrashers in the lead at 3-2. However, five minutes later two penalties for the Thrashers created a 5 on 3 situation for the Stampeders, which they would capitalize on. The Thrashers killed off the second penalty and the game went to intermission tied at 3.

To open the third, Vanderstoop scored from Kary to give the Thrashers a lead which they would keep for the remainder of the game. At 8:28 the Thrashers would increase the lead on a power-play goal with Stigings first goal of the season from McKain and Kary for a 5-3 lead. Another penalty for the Stampeders would increase the Thrashers lead even more with Schrock’s power-play goal from Winther and Waiboer. Although the Stampeders would get one more, with two minutes left in the game it just wasn’t enough for Ponoka and the Thrashers would get their second win of the season in a well executed 6-4 victory. Shots were 38-26 in favour of the Thrashers.

The Thrashers final home game of the season is Saturday February 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Three Hills Centennial Arena.