Thrashers earn double victory

The Three Hills Thrashers got back to winning over the weekend, claiming a victory over Banff on home ice Friday evening, and then earning another win in Strathmore on Saturday night.
A slow first period saw the visiting Bears score the only goal, before the home squad awoke in the second period, scoring four times in the first six minutes. Michael Stoetzel scored two minutes into action to tie the game before veteran Blaine Hoppins notched a powerplay goal less than 30 seconds later. Corbin Weston made it 3-1 Thrashers another 27 seconds later. Zach Bauer's first goal of the season a couple minutes later gave the home team a three goal advantage. The Bears scored a powerplay goal midway through the period to draw closer, and another powerplay goal early in the final frame cut the lead to 4-3.
However, Hoppins second goal of the night midway through the period was followed a few minutes later by Aaron Neumeier's goal to insure a Thrashers win. Two tallies in the final minute of play by Ryan Layden and Hoppins' hat trick goal made the final score 8-3. Shawn Nemeth got the win in goal for Three Hills.
After a laxadaisical start on Friday night, the Thrashers came out with guns blazing on Saturday night, peppering 21 shots at Wheat King goalie Korey Burne in the opening period. However, only Connor Ablett's shot found the back of the net, and the game was tied 1-1 after twenty minnutes.
The Thrashers continued to carry the play in the second and were rewarded. Zach Bauer score a powerplay goal three minutes in. After Strathmore tied the score again, Scott Bell put Three Hills in the lead for good. Less than two minutes later Corbin Weston's short-handed goal made the score 4-2 after forty minutes.
Strathmore put the pressure on in the final frame, scoring a powerplay goal at 7:53. However, Korey Smith kept the Wheat Kings from scoring again, and Weston added two goals in the final two minutes to help Three Hills skate away with a 6-3 victory.
Three Hills does not play at home this weekend, but play in Didsbury on Sunday afternoon before two more road games the next weekend in Airdrie and Blackfalds.