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Hockey action in southern Alberta

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Sunny South News

As follows are the minor hockey reports submitted to the News over the past week. To submit your team scores e-mail us at

INITIATION: On Feb. 21 the Juris/Knights of Columbus Initiation Blades took on the Fort Macleod Mavericks at home. The Blades came out flying and ended up winning a lopsided game 25-0. The Blades will be back in action Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. when they take part in the Coaldale Cobras Initiation Tournament. On the Feb. 15 weekend the Coadale Initiation 1 Cobras played in two hard fought games. In a rare Friday night home game the Cobras hosted in the Picture Butte Blades at the snake pit. The Cobras scored 20 seconds into the game and never lost control skating to an 8-4 victory. The Picture Butte Juris/Knights Blades played three games the Feb. 15 weekend. The Blades kicked off action the Friday night where they took on the ever tough Coaldale 1 team. The Blades fought hard but ended up losing 8-4.  Saturday morning the Blades were back on home ice taking on the Lethbridge Tigers. The Blades came out on top winning 12-7. Sunday morning the Initiation Blades headed to Nicholas Sheran where they took on the Lethbridge Stars. The Blades came up on some tough competition losing 15-6. NOVICE: The Picture Butte novice team had a strong finish to their season, with three games and three wins. On Feb. 11 they played a quiet clean game against the Coaldale Cobras 2 and won 7-6. The game on Feb. 15 against Irvine was definitely more lively. The final score was 8-6 for the Blades. They were back on the ice for another home ice advantage against Pincher Creek on the Feb. 16 to end their season with a 13-5 win. The Blades started the first round of playoffs against Foremost this past weekend. The team with the highest points after two games would advance to the next round. Butte had home ice advantage on Saturday. The final score was 9-5 for the Blades, giving them a four point lead heading into Sunday’s game on Foremost ice. The cold road trip did nothing to subdue the fans. It was a 4-2 win and the team advances to round two of the playoffs this week. Other Hockey News: The Coaldale Copperheads got by the Medicine Hat Cubs, winning the best of three series before a packed Coaldale rink Saturday night. With the Copperheads winning game one 4-3 in single overtime; the Cubs winning game two in double overtime the feeling for game three was electric in the Snake Pit. The game was a back and forth affair with the Copperheads going up 2-0, then the Cubs tying it by the end of the second to set up a great third period. Copperheads with hard work end-to-end scored two short handed to break away in the lead. Within the last minutes an empty netter trickler notched the 5-2 win for the first round series amongst the packed arena crowd. The Copperheads headed out early Sunday morning to face the Okotoks Bisons in a best of seven series for second round HJHL action.  With four games in four days the Bisons beat the weary Coaldale crew 6-1. The Bisons finished first in the south division, were coming off a bye including a week of rest to prepare for the play-offs. Game two goes at the Snakepit at 8:45 p.m. this Wednesday night. Game three will be in Okotoks Feb. 28 and game four back at Coaldale Mar. 1 at 8:30 p.m. Just a reminder playoff admission is adults $ 7 and youth is $ 3. Season tickets are no longer valid.

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