Big weekend has the Coaldale Copperheads eyeing first place with last home game of 2017 looming

By Aaron Mahoney (@Mahones93 on Twitter)
November 21, 2017 - 12:56pm

COALDALE - It was a rare three games in three nights for the Coaldale Copperheads this past weekend, but the club managed to grab five of the six available points.

First on Friday night (Nov. 17), the Copperheads beat the Mountainview Colts 5-3 in Didsbury. Brandon Langridge had a goal and an assist, Jayden Bexte added two assists and goaltender Nolan Berner made 34 stops in his 5th win of the season.

Next up was the Okotoks Bisons on Saturday night (Nov. 18), the team the Copperheads are battling with for first place in the Southern Division. Coaldale dropped a 4-3 decision in a shootout, with the Bisons' Kyle Harrison scoring the winning goal in the fifth round.

Troy Feldbusch, Jedd Horvath, and Clayton Nevil provided all the offence for the Copperheads while Berner made 25 saves in starting his second game of the back to back.

Sunday's game (Nov. 19) against the Three Hill Thrashers was a chance for the Copperheads to make up some ground on the Bisons, and they took full advantage pummeling the Thrashers 12-0.

Forward Jayden Smith led the way with three goals and three assists, Brandyn Howg added two goals and an assist while captain Calvin Swanson had a goal and three assists. In his first start of the weekend, Andrew Suriano made 26 saves for his first shutout of the season.

Thanks to the 2-0-1 weekend, the Copperheads are sitting at 23 points on the season good for 2nd place in the Southern Division, just two points back of the 1st place Bisons with a game in hand.

The final game for the Copperheads at the Coaldale Sportsplex in front of their raucous crowd in 2017 will be this Saturday, Nov. 25 against the North Division leading Airdrie Techmation Thunder at 8:30 p.m.

December sees the Copperheads hit the road for four games against Stettler, High River, Red Deer and Medicine Hat.

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