The Cochrane Generals lost a pair of games over the weekend in front of a hometown crowd of 400, including a fight fest against the Okotoks Bisons on Feb. 4.
The Bisons shut out the Gens, 4-0, on Saturday and the Coaldale Copperheads scored a pair in the third to put away the Gens, 5-1, in a much calmer Sunday afternoon game.
The Gens and Bisons combined for 227 minutes in penalties after just one two-minute minor to Gen Andrew Guss in the first. Gens defenceman Zac Fulton and forward Diago Coelho have been suspended until Feb. 12 and Bisons forward Scott Brown will sit out until Feb. 25.
It was a fast and intense close-checking game until the midway point of the second when the Bisons took a 2-0 lead on a powerplay goal from Lucas Watkins, his second of three that night.
Frustration set in and tempers flare at that point and continue to escalate for the balance of the game.
Sunday, the Copperheads took a 1-0 lead into the second period before Connor Stephenson put the Gens on the scoreboard from Evan Black. The Copperheads grabs a 3-1 lead that was cut to one by Jamal Kalaf, assisted by Patrick Forde and Tristan Ripplinger.
The Copperheads scored two unanswered goals in the third.
Two road games remaining this weekend. Up first is a Friday night rematch with the Bisons in Okotoks and a makeup game against the Flyers on Sunday.
That Sunday game may provide a little insight into the Flyers for the Gens in preparation for playoffs that are coming up fast and furious.
The Gens-Flyers best-of-three qualifying round kicks off on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Cochrane Arena. The series returns to High River the following day before a 5:30 p.m. game on Sunday in Cochrane, if necessary.