Tied at 5-5 and with shots even 37-37, the Cochrane Generals and Coaldale Copperheads headed into overtime, then a shoot-out in yesterday's tight-checking, physical thriller at Totem One.
The Cooperheads got the win off the stick of Drew Constant, who broke the 1-1 tie in the sixth round of the shoot-out.
Copperhead Peyton Twigg scored his first of two one minute into the game before Evan Sine scored his first of two goals on the night to even the score. Rylan Bruns notched an unassisted goal when the Copperheads were short-handed, and Constant scored on a powerplay to briefly give Coaldale a 3-1 lead. Sine brought the Gens within one by the end of the stanza.
Diago Coelho, Andrew Guss, and Colby Agyeman gave the Gens a 5-3 lead midway through the second before the Copperheads rebound to tie it 5-5 with goals by Brinley Degenstein and Peyton Twigg.
There was no scoring and just a penalty apiece to the Gens and Copperheads in the third.
The win gives the Copperheads a 2-1 lead in match-ups between the two teams this season.
Coaldale has been hot, winning nine straight before losing the night before to the Sylvan Lake Wranglers 3-2. The winning goal in that game came with just 15 seconds remaining in regulation.
Copperheads co-head coach Cody Moskal tries not be read too much into their winning streak.
"We've played a lot of the lower-end teams so far, so we've been fortunate to get a lot of wins in a row."
He rattles off the list of teams they'll be facing leading up to the Christmas break; Cochrane, Okotoks, Medicine Hat, Strathmore, all of them from the HJHL's south division.
"All of the south teams match up well. There's not an easy game in the south, so it's a good rivalry to have."
He believes they have a solid blend of solid veterans and talented rookies.
Moskal was with the team from 2007 to 2012 and returned this season to coach alongside Geoff Oster. Oster was head coach and Moskal was his assistant for last season's Lethbridge Hurricanes AAA U17 club.
The Gens have a shot at evening the score on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Totem One in the second of a two-game-homestand.
"We'll come into the weekend with a better mindset and try to get the two wins, " says assistant captain Jordan Butz. "It was a good comeback by us staying locked in against the Copperheads and trying to get that lead back, but things happened, so we'll come back next weekend ready to go."
The night before (Nov. 25), the Gens beat the Wheatland Kings, 4-2. The Kings tied the score 2-2 early in the third before two goals by the Gens put it out of reach. Evan Judge scored the game-winner and Tristan Ripplinger had the insurance goal.
Brandon Smith and Evan Sine were the other Gens scorers.
The Gens head into the weekend with 13-2 and two overtime losses. Saturday night, they host the Three Hill Thrashers.
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