Just how important are this weekend's home games for the Gens? Plenty.

The Gens have taken sole possession of second place in the south division of the Heritage Junior Hockey League after racking up two wins on the weekend. With wins on home ice this weekend they could potentially solidify their placement and make the hair rise on the neck of the first place Okotoks Bisons.

The Gens beat the Three Hill Thrashers, 8-3, on Dec. 8 before harvesting two points from the Strathmore Wheatland Kings the next evening. With it, the Gens are back where we expected them after an early season slump that hurdled them down to the basement.

The Thrashers showed they had a little fight by scoring first then taking a brief 3-1 lead. The Gens rebounded to tie it by the end of the stanza and silence the Thrashers offense for the balance of the game.

The Ransom-Hume-Aabs line continued to connect, scoring five of the eight goals. Sniper Slater Ransom racked up another hat trick and pair of assists, while Talus Hume did the opposite with two goals, including a milestone 100th goal with the Gens, and three assists. Brandon Aab assisted on two.

Scoring singles were Jordan Fisher, Chris Sambrook and Taylor Girard. A pair of assists went to Austin Keller, River Ross and Taylor Girard.

Gens rookie goalie Loe Knute got hs second win of the season, stopping 26 of 29 shots.

In Saturday's 5-2 win over the Kings they took an early 2-0 lead in the first and maintained a two-point margin the balance of the game before adding a little more cushion with two minutes remaining in play.

Hume scored #101 and 102, while Ransom, Christian Dees and Jared Domingo scored singles. Colton Wong had a pair of assists and other helpers went to Keller, Walid Hassin, Scott Shugg, Taylor Girard.

The Gens continue to give opposing goalies a 60-minute workout, firing 60 against the Thrashrs netminder and 53 against the Kings.

Friday, the Gens are at home against the Bison before playing the High River Flyers in their first encounter of the season on Saturday. The Gens will have to contend the league's leading scoring when the Flyers come knocking. Davis Sheldon has 30 goals and 23 assists in 23 games for the Flyers.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. for both games.