Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Carla MacLeod performed the ceremonial puck drop during last night's “RBC” game night at the Canmore Recreation Centre. Eagle captain Connor Wilson (L) and Mustang captain Spencer Johnstone (R) look on. – photo courtesy of Julie Wilson)
NEXT HOME GAME: Saturday Dec. 20 – Grand Prairie Storm – 7 PM
The Canmore Eagles received goals from three different players to defeat the visiting Calgary Mustangs 3-2 in Alberta Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the Canmore Recreation Centre.
With the victory, the Eagles' record improves to 17-18-1 and they remain in 6th place in the South Division, trailing the 5th place Olds Grizzlys by four points.
The Eagles received goals from Kurt Hildebrand (7), Brett Radford (4) and rookie defenceman Brayden Biccum (2). Canmore's own Simon Philp picked up 2 assists and was named the Eagles' “Star of the Game”.
Ryan Ferguson was in net for his 19th consecutive start and he made 29 saves to improve his season record to 15-17-1. The Eagles outshot the Mustangs 35-31.
The Eagles will conclude the 2014 portion of their schedule on Saturday night as they will host the Grande Prairie Storm (13-23-2). Game time is 7 pm.
NOTEBOOK: The Eagles expect to welcome back leading scorer Ryley Risling and defenceman Griffin Mumby to their lineup tonight. The two players have missed the Eagle's past six games while playing for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Kinderseley, Sask. . . . .Saturday's 50-50 draw will have a minimum jack-pot of $500 to the winner as no one claimed last night's prize and there will be a carry-over tonight. . . Tonight's game is being sponsored by the Lake Louise Ski Resort and two lucky fans will receive a free Lake Louise Plus Ski Card. . . Saturday will also be the last day of operation for the Canmore Eagle's Christmas tree lot. We still have about 20 6-foot premium Balsam Fir trees left. Tree lot hours on Saturday will be from 11-5 pm. . . Special thanks to RBC for last night's sponsorship of the Eagle's game. The 452 fans in attendance appreciated all the prizes, nosie makers and the “Leo the Lion” mascot.