Red Deer Vipers win 6-5 thriller in Heritage league play

The Red Deer Vipers outgunned the Coaldale Copperheads in a thrilling 6-5 win

The Red Deer Vipers outgunned the Coaldale Copperheads in a thrilling 6-5 win on Saturday night in Heritage Junior B Hockey League action.

Lane Sim opened the scoring for the Vipers, but Coaldale responded with three straight goals including two in the first two minutes of the second period. Red Deer bounced back with a fury, scoring four goals of their own in the middle frame. Tye Munro had two, while Logan Linnell, Brennan Schweder each added a marker of their own.

Coaldale tied the game with two third-period goals, before Bailey Lawson scored the game-winning goal for the Vipers. Mack Differenz added three assists for Red Deer. Branden Bilodeau turned aside 47 shots in the win.

The Blackfalds Wranglers were on the ice twice on the weekend and split a pair of games. On Friday night they dropped a 5-1 contest to the Cochrane Generals.

The Wranglers fell behind 3-0 before Bryce Marshall got them on the board with a power play goal midway through the second period. Rylan Bardick and Lane Brann combined to make 38 saves for Blackfalds.

In their second road game of the weekend the Wranglers bounced back with a 6-4 win over the Banff Academy Bears. The teams traded goals in the first with Jacob Ten Hove scoring for Blackfalds. Landon Siegle scored on the power play in the second for the Wranglers.

Blackfalds broke out with four goals in the third period to clinch the win. Brody Bolton scored on the power play, while Braden Bystrom and Siegle each added a goal. Bystrom also scored short handed empty net goal with 30 seconds left. Bardick made 38 saves for Blackfalds in the win.

The Stettler Lightning beat up on the Okotoks Bisons 9-2 Friday. Ethan Rost had a hat trick and added an assist, while Kieran Rost also added two goals. Braydon Whiteford, Kyle Ringdahl, Dylan Houston and Logan Davidson each added a goal. Davidson also chipped in two assists. Lane Congdon made 35 saves for Stettler.

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