PHOTO – The Eagles came back to score four third period goals to down the Camrose Kodiaks 4-3 on Friday night.
NEXT HOME GAME–SATURDAY, FEB. 1 – CAMROSE KODIAKS – 7 PM
Stunning! Absolutely stunning!
Down 3-0 after two periods, the Canmore Eagles roared back for four unanswered third period goals to shock the visiting Camrose Kodiaks 4-3 in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game played Friday night before 418 spectators at the Canmore Recreation Centre.
The miraculous comeback victory, with both the tying and winning goals coming in the final two minutes of regulation play, improves the Eagle’s record to 28-18-3 and moves them into a third-place tie with the Okotoks Oilers in the Southern Division standings with 59 points. The loss drops the Kodiaks to 23-17-9 and they remain in fifth-place with 55 points.
The two teams will face-off again on Saturday night (Feb. 1) at the Canmore Recreation Centre in what promises to be a true barn-burner as the two teams wrap up their weekend double header in Canmore. Game time is 7 PM.
The victory, which improves Canmore’s home record to 19-5-1, was the first for the Eagles over the Kodiaks in four attempts this season. The Eagles have now beaten every team in the AJHL’s Southern Division at least once.
Eagle captain Nils Moser (2nd) started the third period heroics with a powerplay marker at 4:40, Jeremy Margeson (10th) brought the team to within one goal at 9:41, Joe Serpico (14th) tied it at the 18:00 minute mark and Jordan Revie (15th) scored the winner at 19:43.
Eagle rookie goaltender Ryan Ferguson stopped 25 of 28 Kodiak shots to pick up the victory and improve his record to 20-9-2.
“That was as big of a character win as you can imagine,” said Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne, whose team is 7-3 in their last 10 games. “We played very poorly in the first period, played their game in the second period, and finally played our game in the third period. It would have been easy for our boys to roll over and give that one up, but our leadership group addressed some issues after the second period, they stayed positive, and took back control of the hockey game.
“We told the guys to enjoy the win for an hour, and then to check it, and start preparing for Saturday night’s game. We know we are going to get a very angry group. We better be prepared for them tomorrow.”
NOTEBOOK: With a goal and an assist, Jeremy Margeson was the Eagle’s “Star of the Game”. . . .Luke Simpson also had a two point night with a pair of assists. . . Trey Phillips registered an assist to extent his AJHL’s leading scoring streak to 11 games. . . Connor Wilson also had an assist to extend his point scoring streak to 9 games . . . Saturday’s night’s home game will feature a 5-minute Timbit scrimmage during the first period intermission and a special opening ceremonial puck drop by Canmore Minor Hockey Association President Al Scurfield. . .