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Airdrie Thunder forward says team need to put in effort for 60 minutes

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 01:18 pm

Airdrie Thunder forward Parker Georgsen slowly skated back to the bench during his team's 7-3 loss to the Blackfalds Wranglers here on Jan. 24.
Airdrie Thunder forward Parker Georgsen slowly skated back to the bench during his team's 7-3 loss to the Blackfalds Wranglers here on Jan. 24.
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Normally, a two-goal night would have a hockey player in a pretty good mood.

That was not the case for Airdrie Xtreme forward Parker Georgsen on Jan. 24, after the Airdrie native watched his team drop a 7-3 decision to the Blackfalds Wranglers at the Ron Ebbesen Arena. The loss kept the team one point behind the Three Hills Thrashers for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Heritage Junior Hockey League’s (HJHL) Northern Division.

“We just haven’t played well in the second period all year long, and when you give up four goals in one period like we did tonight, that’s going to cost you every time,” the 19 year old said. “Our first and our third periods have been good all year long, but we need to play a full 60 minutes.”

“We only have five games left until the playoffs, and I think we need to be more prepared as a team to get the results that we want,” he added.

With the Thrashers (12-14-3) having two games in hand on the Thunder (12-17-2) in the race for the last playoff spot in the HJHL’s Northern Division, Georgsen knows how important it is to keep pace in the battle for the post-season, especially with a game against the archrival Cochrane Generals in Cochrane on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

“At this time of the year, everyone is battling just to make it in the playoffs or to have a good seeding, so every game counts,” he said. “We need to win that game for sure, and I think we can do that by just barring down on our chances and making as few mistakes as possible.”

For his part, Georgsen has been helping out the team in the scoring department as of late, as he has 10 goals and nine assists in just 14 games this season.

“I have just been keeping things steady with my work ethic, and overall the season hasn’t gone too bad for me,” Georgsen, who played for the Strathmore Wheatland Kings for the last two seasons, said.

“He’s a guy who capitalizes on his chances when he is in the right place at the right time,” Thunder Head Coach Kyle Havilland added. “Those guys who work hard on a nightly basis will get rewarded, and that is what Parker has been doing for us lately.”

Despite his recent success, Parker has had to fight through some adversity this season, as he suffered a broken left ankle in the fourth game of the season against the Ponoka Stampeders on Sept. 28, 2013 and was out of action until Dec. 6. 2013.

“I was battling in the corner when I got tangled up with another player, and I knew right away that something was wrong,” he said. “It was the worst injury that I ever had in my hockey career, and it was tough to be in the stands watching for a couple of months.”

“To see the guys struggling as well during that time was tough as well, because you can’t do anything about it when you are unable to play,” Georgsen added. “Since I got back into the lineup, things have been going well for me and our team for the most part, and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”


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