Cop­per­heads ready to strike

Lethbridge Herald - - HERALD SPORTS -

The Coal­dale Cop­per­heads are back for their 12th Her­itage Ju­nior Hockey League season.

Game 1 goes to­day at 5:30 p.m. as the Cop­per­heads host the High River Fly­ers at the Coal­dale Sport­splex.

The Cop­per­heads were 2410-2 last season to place atop the South­ern Divi­sion.

They won the South­ern Divi­sion ti­tle and ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship fi­nal, but lost to the Red Deer Vipers in the third-and­de­cid­ing game.

How­ever, their season wasn’t over yet as the Cop­per­heads — along with the Vipers — headed north to Fort St. John, B.C. for the Al­berta Ju­nior B Provin­cials, go­ing 1-1-1 at the tour­na­ment.

It’s a vet­eran-laden Cop­per­heads squad that will de­fend their South­ern Divi­sion ti­tle this season, led by cap­tain Levi An­der­son and as­sis­tants Chase Wil­liamson, Jay­den Smith and Mitchell Kon­schuk.

The goal­tend­ing tandem of Nolan Berner and Andrew Suri­ano are also back in the crease.

Join­ing the Cop­per­heads as this year’s head coach is Dan­ton Shigemi. He is joined by as­sis­tants Ty Od­land, Ryan Colby and goal­tender coach Steven Dyck.

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