PHOTO: Eagle captain Connor Wilson had a three point night to lead Canmore to a 5-4 victory over the Whitecourt Wolverines in Whitecourt.
NEXT GAME – Saturday, Nov. 8 in Drayton Valley
NEXT HOME GAME – Wednesday, Nov. 12 against the Calgary Canucks at Banff Fenlands Arena
Eagle captain Connor Wilson had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Canmore Eagles to a 5-4 victory over the Whitecourt Wolverines in Alberta Junior Hockey League action on Friday night in Whitecourt.
The victory, before a crowd of 674, improves the Eagles overall record to 10-11, while the Wolverines fell to 7-14-3.
The victory was the Eagles first win in Whitecourt in three years and gives Canmore a two-game sweep of the Wolverines this season as the Eagle downed the Wolverines 6-5 in Canmore back on Sept. 12.
Griffin Mumby (5th), Brett Radford (1st) and Logan Ferguson (4th) had the other Eagle goals, while 20-year-old defenceman Nikolas Kosman chipped in with three assists.
Canmore netminder Ryan Ferguson had a solid game in the Eagle net stopping 40 of 44 Whitecourt shots as the Eagles were outshot 44-30 on the night.
“Special team play was a big factor in the game and we did a great job at both ends of the rink tonight,” said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne, whose club scored two power play goals on five attempts and shut down the Wolverines on their four power play opportunities. “Our leaders stepped up to the plate tonight and took charge. Both Willy (Wilson) and Kozy (Kosman) had three point nights to lead us offensively and Fergie (Ferguson) made the big stops in goal for us when we really needed them. It was a good team effort all around. It was also good to see Radford get his first goal of the season. He’s been working hard and hopefully he’ll get on a bit of a roll now that the goose-egg has been broken.”
The Eagles will continue their current three game road trip tonight with a game in Drayton Valley against the Thunder (9-9-3), before travelling to Camrose for a Sunday afternoon game against the red-hot Kodiaks (16-2-2).
NOTEBOOK: With his three point performance last night, Connor Wilson now has 25 points in 21 games played and currently sits in fifth-place in the AJHL scoring parade . . .With defenceman Jakob Lavoie out of the lineup indefinitely with an ankle injury, the Eagles called up Canmore native Logan Milliken for the road trip and the 17 year-old made his AJHL debut last night in Whitecourt. . . With Eagle goaltender Levi Nelson also out of the lineup with an ankle injury, 16 year-old goaltender Hunter Virostek also made the trip north with the Eagles to back-up Ferguson.