Coaldale Copperheads ended up only playing one game this past weekend.
A 7-3 victory on the road in Strathmore closed out 2015 for the Snakes.
The Dec. 20 scheduled home game was cancelled at the last minute, due to Medicine Hat having roster difficulties. The HJHL has granted the Cubs an opportunity to take the rest of December to determine if the team is able to dress a full roster and continue the remaining part of the season.
The Copperheads are hoping the only other southern team, a junior B contender since 1973, will find the success they need.
The two teams are scheduled to play each other at the Coaldale Arena again on Jan 2. The Copperheads suggest to continue following their media sites for updated news on the three games still scheduled to be played. If Medicine Hat fails to finish the season, the Copperheads will only have one remaining home league game left.
The team is currently sitting at 17-9, which should secure them a playoff spot.
The Picture Butte Novice Blades travelled to Fort Macleod for a whirlwind weekend of hockey excitement. Playing five games in 28 hours, and winning three in a row, made for some great hockey memories. The Blades started the action on Saturday afternoon facing off against the Pincher Creek Chinooks. The Blades blew the Chinooks away with a 6-3 win.
Braxton Hanna scored three, Leeland Fraser scored two and Carson Konynenbelt popped in one for the Blades.
After a quick break and bite to eat, the Blades were back on the ice facing off against the hometown hosts, the Fort Macleod Mavericks.
The Blades pulled off a 6-2 victory with two goals scored each by Braxton Hanna and Leeland Fraser, and one goal each by Luka Rudelich and Carson Konynenbelt.
After a quick trip home to sleep, the Blades were on the road back to Fort Macleod bright and early to meet up against the Lethbridge Knights. The Blades came out flying despite the early hour and skated away with a 13-1 win.
Braxton Hanna scored four for the Blades, while Carson Konynenbelt scored three, Leeland Fraser and Luka Rudelich each popped in two and Gavin Johnson and Asher Sincennes each scored a single. Finishing first in the A Division found the Blades facing off in the semi-finals against their nemesis the Taber Oil Kings. The Blades played the most exciting game of the season and pulled out all the stops (and the goalie) and ended up falling 9-7 to the Oil Kings, after an empty net goal was scored with under a minute to spare.
Goalie Kaden Groenenboom stood on his head for the Blades — stopping an amazing 49 out of 58 shots. Braxton Hanna scored four for Butte, while Leeland Fraser, Carson Konynenbelt, and Luka Rudelich each scored one. The loss to Taber put the Blades into the bronze medal game against Pincher Creek. The Blades left it all on the ice, but weren’t able to hold onto the win. The Blades fell 4-3 to the Chinooks, with Braxton Hanna scoring two and Leeland Fraser adding a single.
The Blades aren’t back in action until 2016, travelling to Taber on Jan. 2.
What a great weekend for the Coaldale Cobra Novice 1 (CAHL) team with the novice tournament in Coaldale this past weekend.
Novice 1 (CAHL) started the weekend with a win over Lethbridge White 4-2, followed by a 11-0 win against Bow Valley.
Cobras tied their first game Sunday against Didsbury 4-4, taking them to the Pool “A” final, where they played a tough close game losing 4-2 — putting them in second place.
Congratulations to “the guy with the big stick” — #1 Brylin Noble — for winning the first heart and hustle award of the weekend. Great goaltending. Goals this weekend went to #6 Eric Price (10), #2 Fynn Roersma (2), #11 Jager Gugyelka (3), #13 Layne Kyle, #3 Kobe Urasaki, #10 Barrett Van Nistelrooy, #4 Jarret McNeil and #5 Cohen Zasadny.
The Picture Butte Witdouck Farms Midgets hosted Lomond on Saturday and took a 7-4 loss. Points came from Landon Veluw with three, Jared McCloud with two and Jesse Shoemaker and Markus Renning each getting one. Nash Ober faced 61 shots in the loss.
The Midgets are now on a break until the New Year.