Lightning shocked

The Stettler Lightning have run into a rut early in the Heritage Junior Hockey League season.

Landon Potter (6) of the Stettler Lightning battles with an Airdrie Thunder opponent in Heritage Junior Hockey League play this month. The teams face off this Saturday.

Landon Potter (6) of the Stettler Lightning battles with an Airdrie Thunder opponent in Heritage Junior Hockey League play this month. The teams face off this Saturday.

The Stettler Lightning have run into a rut early in the Heritage Junior Hockey League season.

The junior B Lightning lost 6-3 to the visiting Okotoks Bisons on Saturday night at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

It was the fourth loss in as many games for Stettler, which had opened the season with a pair of wins.

Landon Potter, on the power play, and the Ternes twins — Adam and Scott — scored the Stettler goals. It was a two-point night for Adam Ternes.

The Lightning trailed 2-1 after the first period and 5-1 after 40 minutes.

The Bisons scored three power-play goals in the fateful second period, during which Lightning forward Wyatt Haustein received a major penalty for checking to the head. He has also picked up a one-game suspension.

Stettler goaltender Simon Thieleman made 28 saves as the Lightning outshot their guests 37-34.

Jeremy Smith, with four points, and Jordan Eddy each scored two goals for the Bisons (5-2), and singles went to Dillon Loomer and Chase Falls.

The Lightning are back home this Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. date with the Airdrie Thunder (2-4-0-1).

When the Thunder last visited Stettler, on Oct. 6, they beat the Lightning 5-4.

Also on tap for Stettler this weekend is a Sunday afternoon road game against the Medicine Hat Cubs (5-3-0-1).

HOUSTON JOINS THREE HILLS: The Three Hills Thrashers continue to gain a distinct Stettler flavour. After a stint with the junior A Canmore Eagles, Dylan Houston has joined fellow Stettler product Jacob Hamel and Castor brothers Aaron and Michael Neumeier with the Thrashers (2-1-0-1),

Last season, Houston played on a high-scoring Red Deer minor midget line with the Ternes twins.