By Cole Parkinson
Sunny South News
After winning their last game of the weekend the previous weekend, the Coaldale Copperheads went undefeated this past weekend to stretch their current winning streak to three.
A lengthy winning streak in November saw the Snakes continue to build momentum towards the December break, and now the team has continued to rack up wins with only two more games left on the schedule before the Christmas break.
On Friday night, the team travelled to Vulcan for a matchup against the Lomond Lakers which resulted in a lopsided 9-1 win for Coaldale. Brandon Creighton had one goal and three assists, Michael Lawson and Kole Fujita had a goal and an assist each, Matteo Caputo, Sean Burns, Braiden Burke, Mason Sande, and Koden Lazar each had a goal. James Halverson had a pair of assists while Krishan Stocker, Jason Creighton, Hayden Hale, and Tyran Kiss all had a single assist. Ethan Barrows saw 23 shots fired at him between the pipes en route to the Copperhead win.
The Snakes would outshoot the Lakers 48-23 and go 0-4 on the power play and go 3-3 on the penalty kill.
The following night, the Lakes travelled to Coaldale for a rematch at the Snakepit. Despite a closer game, the Copperheads would once again emerge victorious with a 4-2 win.
In the first period, Fujita would score to put the Snakes ahead on a Lazar assist. Later in the period, Lazar himself would find the back of the net with Halverson and Fujita drawing assist. In the second period, Fujita would once again pot a goal with Burns and Halverson collecting assists. After Lomond would score to make it a 3-1 game, Jason Creighton would snipe for the Copperheads with Hayden Hale assisting. After a lone Laker goal in the third, the Snakes would skate to their final home win of 2021. Brendan Stewart stopped 16 of 18 shots in the win.
Coaldale would outshoot Lomond 48-18 in the game and go 0-7 on the powerplay and kill off all seven penalties.
Coaldale currently sits tied for second place with Medicine Hat with 34 points and the Copperheads have a 16-7-2 record.
Next action comes this weekend when the Copperheads hit the road for a pair of games before the Christmas break.
On Friday night, the Snakes are in Airdrie for an 8 p.m. puck drop against the Techmation Thunder. Wrapping up the weekend, the Copperheads head to Medicine Hat to take on the Cubs as Coaldale looks to overtake the second spot in the Southern Division.
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