May 25th, 2024

Copperheads open with a split


By Cole Parkinson on September 29, 2021.

With fall in the air, fans have started heading back to their hometown rinks for the start of the hockey season.

Last weekend, the Coaldale Copperheads started their 2021-22 Heritage Junior Hockey League campaign with a game in High River before heading to the Coaldale Sportsplex for their home opener on Saturday night.

Starting the new season on the road, the Snakes weren’t deterred one bit as they hit the ground running with a 7-0 win.

The first period saw goals from Kole Fujita, two from Braiden Burke and Kale Amundrud.

While the Copperheads didn’t find the back of the net in the second period, they put another three on the board in the third.

Koden Lazar, Michael Lawson, and James Halverson each put one past the Flyers goaltender.

Zach Young and Dylan Nevil had three assists, while Lawson and Krishan Stocker had two assists and Ethan Brown, Brogan Booth, Amundrud and Sean Burns had a single assist.

In net, Brendan Stewart got the start and got the shutout in his first game of the season.

The Copperheads got themselves into penalty trouble, but the penalty kill was on point all game as they held the Flyers’ powerplay to 0-5.

Meanwhile, their powerplay only had one chance and they were unable to convert.

With one win under their belt, the Copperheads came home to Coaldale and a raucous crowd awaited their home team’s return.

In a tightly contested game, the Copperheads fell to the Sylvan Lake Wranglers 2-1.

The first period saw the two teams battling in a high-flying, physical battle, but neither team was able to find the back of the net.

Copperheads’ forward Kole Fujita scored 30 seconds into the second period with assists from Derrien Tonin and Hayden Hale, which held all period.

But the Wranglers would strike back in the third with a goal five seconds into the period and with only 28 seconds left in the third, the Wranglers potted a goal to snatch a win away from the Copperheads in their home opener.

Sylvan put up 30 shots on Snakes’ netminder Logan Leroux, while Coaldale had 28 shots of their own.

The penalty-killing unit was strong once again as they held the Wranglers to an 0-4 night.

After their first weekend in the bag, the Copperheads sit right in the middle of the Southern Division with two points.

With another weekend ahead, the Copperheads will once again hit the road on Friday night for an 8 p.m. matchup against the Okotoks Bison.

Saturday night sees the team return to Coaldale for an 8:30 p.m. puck drop against the Medicine Hat Cubs.

This also starts a three-game homestand where the Copperheads will welcome in the Strathmore Wheatland Kings and the Rocky rams on Saturday and Sunday the following weekend, respectively.

To keep up-to-date on all things Copperheads, visit their website at coaldalecopperheads.com and follow their social media accounts on Facebook (facebook.com/coaldalecopperheads), Twitter (@CopperheadsHcky), and Instagram (@coaldalecopperheads).

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