Stettler Lightning wound up their pre-season games with a 7-1 loss to Three Hills Thrashers in an away game on Sunday, Sept. 26, a day after a home exhibition game had to be cancelled due to too many commitments on the part of the players.
“We played with only nine players against Three Hills and the players got very tired and that is the reason for the score,” said Lightning head coach Doug Smith.
The Lightning are already suffering from a few injuries even before the start of the season in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League, in addition to two suspensions that will affect the team line-up in their home opener on Friday, Oct. 1 against the Thrashers.
Doug Smith said despite the problems, the young players were getting better adjusted to the team with every passing day.
“We are getting back our strength,” Smith said.
“Now we have started to work on our game plans for power plays and penalty kills now that we know all the players better.”
“Three Hills is definitely a top player in their division and it is going to be strong opposition,” Smith said in reference to Friday’s game.
“It is going to be high adrenalin game.”