Eagles play three at home this week
The Canmore Eagles are returning from a two-game Alberta Junior Hockey League road trip to host three teams this coming week, beginning with the league-leading Brooks Bandits, 31-3-0-0 and currently on a 16-game winning streak, on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
All games are at the Canmore Recreation Centre (Game times are 7 p.m.) with the Drumheller Dragons arriving on Friday, Dec. 15 and the Bonnyville Pontiacs on Saturday, Dec. 16.
Canmore split its two games this past week, winning against the Olds Grizzlys and losing to Drumheller. The results leave the Eagles in 12th place in the standings with a record of 13-18-1-1 for 28 points.
Eagles 5 at Grizzlys 2
Olds and Canmore met for the third time, including twice at the Olds Sportsplex, in 16 days and again the visiting team got the better of the home squad.
Before an announced crowd of just 85 fans on Wednesday (Dec. 6), the Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead in the opening period on a goal by Devun Olfert.
Canmore scored three times in the second period with Tavynn Schlaht stuffed home a loose puck at the top of the crease at 1:34. Rhett Dekowny tipped in a point shot from Nolan Kazeil at 14:04. Then Josh Hoekstra shovelled home a loose puck from again the top of the crease just 15 seconds later for the third goal.
Ryder Many Grey Horses would get one back for Olds before the period ended.
In the third period, Stefan Serediak scored his first goal of the season at 12:23. On a lone rush up the left wing, the rookie forward slid the puck past the Grizzlies goaltender’s short side. Logan Zeigler upped his team-high goal count to 14 with an empty net marker at 18:54.
Canmore outshot Olds 33-27 with Matthew Malin in goal for the Eagles and Aidan Comeau in goal for the Grizzlies.
On the power play, Canmore was 0-for-4 while Olds was 0-for-3.
Eagles 1 at Dragons 5
Drumheller scored four first-period goals and ran out to a 5-0 lead early in the second period.
For Canmore, Ziegler added to his team-leading goal count with his 15th of the season, swatting a Dekowny pass from below the goal line on the right-wing side into the far side of the goal. It gives the Calgary native goals in four consecutive games and a team-leading 29 points through 33 games.
Drumheller had five different goal scorers. In the first period, Connor Poffenroth, Keegan Beagle, Aidan LaRose and Easton Adrian scored. Luke McPhee had the second-period goal.
Drumheller outshot Canmore 35-22 with Malin in goal for the Eagles and Jameson Kaine in goal for the Dragons.
On the power play, Canmore was 0-for-5 and Drumheller was 1-for-4.
The two teams will see all four of their season meetings come over a 24-day period. The Dragons have won the first two games – including a 3-1 win in Banff on Nov. 28 – with the Dragons in Canmore on Friday and the two teams meeting in Drumheller on Thursday, Dec. 21.