Thrashers continue winning streak

The Three Hills Thrashers continued their winning ways over the weekend, thumping the Rimbey Rock 8-3 on Friday night and then defeating the Airdrie Thunder 4-3 on Saturday.
On Friday night, the Thrashers scored early and scored often to take a 6-0 lead after the first period. Jamie Fabian got the scoring started just over three minutes into the game. Midway through the period, Scott Bell's tenth goal of the season extended the lead. Just a minute later, Michael Stoetzel made in 3-0 and 50 seconds later, Aaron Neumeier extended the lead further. Tyrel Severtson's tenth goal of the season was followed by Ryan Layden's fourth goal of the year and the Thrashers on their way to a solid victory after twenty minutes of play.
Rimbey's Mitchell Stange broke Shawn Nemeth's shutout bid early in the second stanza, but Ryan Layden replied with a pair of goals to give him a hat trick and give Three Hills a commanding 8-1 lead after forty minutes. Rimbey managed to fire two puck past Nemeth in the third period to make the final score 8-3.
The Thrashers knew Saturday night's game against Airdrie would be a much tougher contest and it was. The Thunder opened the scoring with a short-handed goal, but Joel Harrison replied 45 seconds later with his seventh goal of the season. Midway through the second period, newcomer Kyle Knelsen fired home his first goal of the season. However, this lead was also short-lived as Airdrie's Kristian Petit scored his second goal of the game 29 seconds later. Calvin Main put the Thrashers back on top with an unassisted goal before the middle frame ended and Three Hills entered the locker room with a 3-2 lead.
Corbin Weston's 18th goal of the season just over a minute into the final frame extended the Three Hills advantage. The Thunder scored a few minutes later to cut the deficit to 4-3, but Weston's second goal of the night, scored with seven minutes remaining was the needed insurance marker. Airdrie's captain, Cache Dooleage scored to put the Thunder back within one goal, but that was as close as they could get as Cody Boeckman closed the door on the hard charging Thunder to give Three Hills a 5-4 win.
The Thrashers travel to Airdrie this coming Friday night (Dec. 10) for a return battle, their only game of the weekend before closing out their 2010 calendar year with a round trip to Medicine Hat and Coaldale on Dec. 17 & 18. The Thrashers next home game is not until January 7, 2011 when they host the Red Deer Vipers.