The Canmore Eagles dropped “Game One” of their weekend double-header road trip to Camrose as they were shutout 3-0 by the Kodiaks Saturday night in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game played before 1,639 fans.
The two teams will play Game Two of their weekend series on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 24) in Camrose.
Kodiak goaltender Devin McDonald stopped all 29 Eagle shots directed his way to pick up his second shutout of the season and was the named the Kodiaks “Star of the Game”.
The Kodiaks fired 37 shots at Eagle netminder Cameron Barnes and led 1-0 after one period, and 2-0 after 40 minutes.
With the loss, the Eagles now sit in fifth-place in the tightly bunched AJHL Southern Division standings with 29 points and a record of 14-12-1. The Kodiaks, who have now won five straight home games, improved their record to 11-12-6 and are now just one point behind Canmore in the standings.
“We didn’t play as bad as the score would indicate,” said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne afterwards. “We had a lot of pucks in their crease tonight but just couldn’t finish it off. There wasn’t a lot of flow to the game and our team is at its best when we play with pace and speed, and for whatever reason, we couldn’t get that going tonight. The good part for us is that we can get right back after them tomorrow.”
NOTEBOOK: The Eagles powerplay went zero for five in last night’s game and forward Connor Wilson failed to capitalize on a third period penalty shot . . . Canmore was missing defenceman Jakob Lavoie and forward Luke Simpson to injury, while Austen Hebert missed due to a family funeral . . . D-man Johnny Stevens did return to the lineup after missing the club’s past two games. . . The Eagles have not won in Camrose since Dec. 11, 2008. . . The standings are so tight in the AJHL Southern Division standings that just five points separates the second-place Okotoks Oilers (33 points) and the seventh-place Olds Grizzlys (28 points).