LETHBRIDGE - The Lethbridge Lightning will hit the ice this weekend for the first time, taking on the other new team in the Ranchland Hockey League, Siksika Buffaloes in a pre-season home and home series.
First up, the Lightning will head to the Siksika First Nation to take on the Buffalo at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. After that, the Lightning will return home to host the Buffaloes at the ATB Centre for a 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 and admission to the game is free.
Earlier this year, Director of Hockey Operations Rob Zintel spoke to LNN and said he had talked to guys in the community who were currently playing in beer leagues that had the desire to play some competitive hockey.
Now the Lightning have a full roster, ready to go for their inaugural season, but not every player will be dressed for this weekend's home game.
As it stands, goaltenders Alex Sirard and Cole Schafer will split the duties on the weekend while the defence pairs will be: Cole Percifield with Devery Edmonds, Cody Berube with Jesse Wellsch and Adam Gilmore with Devin Smith.
Up front, the Lightning are expected to run the following forward lines: Jake Harrison-Ashton Zintel-Cam Hurt; Shay Wirll/Ben Bohle/James Price; Nic Bohle/Shane Eyre/Brady Matson; and Kevin Mayoski/Denny Wells/Justice Taylor.
The complete team roster, and season schedule have been released and can be found on the Lightning's website. Tickets for the Lightning regular season home opener against the Nanton Palominos on Friday, Oct. 27 will be available at this weekend's game with a special on 10 games season passes for $50.
Public Relations Director Brian Treadwell says more information concerning the home opener will be sent out at a later date.
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