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Hockey action in Lethbridge County

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Sunny South News

The Coaldale Cobras bantam team (a combinaton of Coaldale, Lomond and Picture Butte players) had their first Central Alberta Hockey League (CAHL) game at home Oct. 18, against the Foothills Flyers.

After a scoreless first period, Landon Veluw opened the scoring early in the second period on an assist from Dylan Mostyn. Grady Honess quickly found the back of the net for the second goal. The Flyers came back in the third with a goal but Ethan Wiebe ended any thoughts of a comeback as he added a third goal on an assist from Veluw. The Cobras took a 3-1 win with great goal-tending coming from Zak Hetesy.

On Oct. 19, the Cobras hosted Taber, where they outshot their opponents but could not beat their goalie. The game ended with a 3-0 loss. Hetesy kept the game close as he faced 36 shots.

On Oct. 26, the Cobras travelled to play guests to the Okotoks Oilers.

After a scoreless first period, the Oilers struck first late in the second period. Wiebe evened the score early in third on an assist from Veluw and Riley Stokes.

The goals were back and forth ending in a 3-3 tie.

Ethan Carroll and Veluw were the other goal scorers with assists from Veluw, Stokes and Kiedon Kerner. Hetesy once again played a great game in goal.

Coaldale Copperheads continue to sting in southern Alberta

After last weekend league play the Coaldale Copperheads are still sitting in first place. The team was put to the test after facing two HJHL competitive teams.

This past Friday night, the Snakes travelled to Okotoks, which is always a tough arena to play in. The Copperheads started the game strong, but simply lost steam as the game went on. They were challenged the previous weekend with a long road swing, putting their hearts into winning two games, which coaching executive felt was a huge factor in the sudden loss on Friday against the Bisons. The final score was 6-3 with goals coming off the sticks of Colby Murray, Jordan McInnis and Connor Gross. The Copperheads beat Okotoks last time they met at the Snake Pit.

Saturday night the Copperheads hosted Red Deer for the first time this season. The team had a huge quick start scoring three goals within four minutes. The Vipers didn’t back down giving the home crowd excitement until the last seconds of the game. The Copperheads won the game with a final score of 6-5, securing they do have bite this season striving to keep that first place lead. Goal scorers Saturday night were singles from Barthel, Smith, Lyon, Gross and two from captain Murray.

The Copperheads have a busy week coming up. On Oct. 30, the team travels to Medicine Hat. On Nov. 1, the team is back home for an 8:30 p.m. game against the number one north team Airdrie and then the team travels on Nov. 2 to Banff.

Blades hit the ice in the Crowsnest Pass

The Picture Butte Peewee Blades saw hockey action in the Crowsnest Pass against the Peewee Thunder this past weekend. The Blades came out strong in the first period scoring four goals. The Thunder put the pressure on in the second adding a few of their own goals but they where no match for the Blades. They added three more goals in the second. But the Blades were just warming up. They continued the pressure right to the end of the game adding an additional six goals, making the score 13-4. Caden and Jesse Heins each got four goals, Will Neudorf was good for two and Anthony Mack, Sabastian Liska, and Riley McCloud each added one goal to the score. Assists were plentiful as well with Liska getting four, Mack contributed three, Aaron Molenaar with two, and Neudorf, Caden Heins, and Keelyn Currie each with one. A special thanks goes out to the goalie, Nathan Magyar and the coaches for their hard work, as well.

Cobra’s take the Oil Kings in Taber this past weekend

Coaldale Cobra’s Initiation 1 played their first away game Oct. 25, travelling to Taber to take on the Taber Oil Kings Initiation 2 team. With their second win — Coaldale beat Taber 19-9 — with hat tricks going to #2 Karter VanBuuren, #5 T. Widmer, #6 Kayden Mellafont and #8 Shaun Traber.

Other goals scored by #10 Marco Burnett (2), #13 Mason Noble (2), #7 Foster Robison (1), #11 Kade VanBuuren (1) and #14 Mason V. (1).

The team headed back home to host the Taber Oil Kings Initiation 1 team. The Cobra’s had an early game, which they won 14-10. Hat tricks go to #5 T. Widmer and #6 Kayden Mellafont. Other goals scored by #2 Karter VanBuuren (2), #3 Remy Vucurevich (1), #4 Layne Kyle (1), #10 Marco Burnett (2), #11 Kade VanBuuren (1) and #13 Mason Noble.

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