Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – The Canmore Eagles will attempt to get back into the win column when they host their Southern Division rivals Calgary Mustangs on Saturday night (December 8) at the Canmore Recreation Centre.
After a very strong start to the season, the injury-ravaged Eagles have fallen on tough times of late as they have lost eight straight games, and 12 of their last 13 games.
Not surprising, the Eagles have slipped to eighth-place in the Alberta Junior Hockey League Southern Division standings with 24 points and a record of 10-15-4.
Despite their recent slide, the Eagles can jump right back into playoff contention as they are just two points back of the sixth-place Mustangs (11-18-4) and enjoy four games in hand. Canmore is also just one point back of the seventh-place Calgary Canucks (12-18-1) and have two games in hand.
“We need to put the past few weeks behind us and concentrate on the task at hand,” said Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne. “Saturday night's game is a huge one for us. We have to bear down offensively and start converting on our chances. We’ve generated plenty of great opportunities to score lately, but for whatever reason, the puck just isn't goning into the net for us. Over the past 10 games, our special teams have averaged out, so we need to start scoring some goals at even strength. The last time we played the Mustangs (a 3-2 loss in Calgary on Nov. 27), we didn’t score on our chances early in the game and it came back to haunt us. We need to come out hungry, work extremely hard, put the puck to the net and get our offensive momentum back.”
The Eagles and Mustangs have met each other twice this season with the Mustangs winning both games by a single goal. Both games were played in Calgary with the Mustangs winning 2-1 back on Oct. 30 and 3-2 on Nov. 27.
Game time Saturday night at the Canmore Recreation Centre is 7 pm.

PHOTO – Courtesy of Julie Wilson