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Struggles continue for Thunder, as team regroups

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 05, 2013 11:03 am

Airdrie Thunder forward Dane Gallant put everything he had into a shift on Nov. 29 during his team's contest against the Coaldale Copperheads.
Airdrie Thunder forward Dane Gallant put everything he had into a shift on Nov. 29 during his team's contest against the Coaldale Copperheads.
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It was the same old song and dance for the Airdrie Thunder in Heritage Junior Hockey League action this past weekend.

The Thunder, who sit in sixth place in the Northern Division with a 6-12-0-1, saw its current losing streak extend to three games in a row as the team lost 2-1 to the Coaldale Copperheads on Nov. 29 and dropped a 3-1 decision to the Red Deer Vipers on Nov. 30.

“We are just not getting the bounces right now,” Thunder Head Coach Cam Aplin said. “The guys are working hard and we are playing well, as we are executing on pretty much everything at the moment.”

“With that said, we are still struggling on the power-play, and that is costing us,” he added.

In its home contest against the Copperheads at the Ron Ebbesen Arena on Nov. 29, the Thunder opened up the scoring in the second period of play when Airdrie native Matthew Flette found the back of the net.

However, the Thunder went 0-for-7 with the man advantage during the game, which allowed the Copperheads to come back and take the win.

“The effort was there from our guys, and it was a tight checking game that could have gone either way,” Aplin said.

“It all boiled down to what has been happening in the last few games for us, where we have had chances on the power-play but we didn’t score when we needed to.”

The team’s power-play woes continued in Red Deer on Nov. 30, as the Thunder went a staggering 0-for-13 with the man-advantage in a 3-1 loss to the Vipers.

“We are just not getting any luck right now,” Aplin said.

“I believe that when our guys are working hard enough, the luck should be going our way.”

“We had a ton of scoring chances during the game, but we just couldn’t score and they (Red Deer) would just come down the ice and capitalize on their scoring chances. The hockey gods just aren’t co-operating with us right now,” he added.

The Thunder will look to end its recent struggles on Dec. 6 at the Ron Ebbesen Arena here, when it will play host to the Blackfalds Wranglers at 8 p.m.


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