After a game in Banff on Wednesday night that the team certainly wants to forget, the Canmore Eagles travelled to the Badlands last night to battle the Drumheller Dragons. The Eagles had a much better effort than the game in Banff, but unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as they fall to the Dragons by a score of 5-2. With the loss, the Eagles’ record drops to 23-18-5 for 51 points and they remain in 6th Place in the AJHL South division. The Eagles are 1 point back of the Camrose Kodiaks and 3 points back of the Calgary Mustangs. The Dragons, on the other hand, improve to 27-16-4 for 58 points and 3rd Place in the South division.
“I thought that our pace was good,” said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew. “It took us time to get our pace, but once we had it, we were good. We had a rough 2nd period.”
Another positive for the Eagles in the last night’s loss was the team’s Power Play that struck twice on 7 opportunities after going 0 for 16 in their previous 4 games. “Our execution was good, we moved the puck well and got rewarded,” said Coach Milne.
Those 2 Power Play goals came from Taden Rattie (14th) and Quinton Ong (16th). Eagles’ Defenceman Daly Hamilton had a pair of assists.
Logan Dyck was back between the pipes after ceding the net to Thomas Davis in the 2 previous games. The 19-year old from Calgary had a good game as he stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced. The Dragons’ 5th goal was scored in an empty net.
“Logan was good tonight,” said Coach Milne. “He made some good saves. The 2nd goal he would want it back.”
The Eagles are back at the Canmore Recreation Centre tonight looking to get back in the in the win column as they host the Olds Grizzlys (4-38-3). Puck drop is 7 pm. It is our Australia Day Game!
It will be the 6th and final meeting between the Eagles and the Grizzlys this season. The Eagles have won the first 5 meetings outscoring the Grizzlys by a margin of 23-4.
“We need to concentrate on our game,” said Coach Milne. “If we do the good things we did tonight, we should win”.
EAGLES FUN FACTS:
– Eagles’ 19-year-old forward Finn Whitey served the 5th and final game of his suspension last night, so he is eligible to return to the lineup tonight vs Olds.