CANMORE EAGLES ““ 02/10/21
Eagles showcase game in Brooks
The annual AJHL Showcase took place in Brooks this past weekend.
The event features all 16 teams playing in one community”™s arena over three days. Each team plays two games and it”™s a chance for scouts from the professional, amateur, university and college ranks to get a comparative look at the talent available in the Alberta Junior Hockey League each season as they look to add to their programs.
Canmore”™s two games saw the team shutout 4-0 by the Drayton Valley Thunder on Saturday afternoon and lose 6-3 to the Whitecourt Wolverines on Sunday morning. After winning their opening two games of this season, the Eagles have now lost four consecutive outings and have fallen to fifth place in the South Division.
On Saturday, Jackson Berry made 24 saves as the North Division Thunder blanked the Eagles.
Drayton Valley fired 33 shots at Canmore goaltender Andreai Proctor-Ramirez.
Thunder goals came from Andrew Larson in the first period, Evan Forrest, shorthanded, and Brett Bamber, on the power play, in the second period, and Hunter Price in the third period.
The Thunder power play was 1-for-6 while the Eagles had three man-advantage chances.
On Sunday, Canmore scored first with Ethan Schaeffer potting a marker just 1:25 into the game.
Whitecourt then counted the next five before an empty net marker with 33 seconds remaining sealed the victory. Wolverines”™ goals came from Christiano Aiello and Riley See, in the first period, Cohner Saleski, Alex Dominique and Cooper Smyl in the second period. Saleski”™s second of the game was the third period goal.
Canmore climbed with two goals in the third period on markers by Dekowny and Plaschewsky.
Canmore outshot Whitecourt 35-30, with Matthew Malin getting his first start in goal for the Eagles. William Grimard was in goal for the Wolverines.
Whitecourt was 1-for-4 on the power play while Canmore was shutout in six chances.
The Eagles power play is now 4-for-32 (12%) on the season while the team”™s penalty killing is a nearly equally unimpressive 15-for-24 (62%) and has given up a co-league-leading two shorthanded goals.
The Eagles head back to Brooks on Wednesday, Oct. 6 to take on the Bandits, 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Regional Arena.
EAGLES NEST: Still missing from the bench is head coach Andrew Milne, serving out a league-imposed suspension that will keep him in the press box until the end of October. “¦ Canmore”™s next home game is Saturday, Oct. 9 against the Blackfalds Bulldogs, and is a change in the original schedule as it had been set for Blackfalds. Home-game tickets are available online at canmoreeagles.com. “¦ You can catch all Canmore Eagles”™ away and home action live on the internet, visit HockeyTV for details.