PHOTO: Brett Schimmel scored his third goal of the season on Friday night but the Eagles still lost 6-4 to the Camrose Kodiaks. (Photo courtesy of Pam Doyle.)
Camrose Kodiaks at Canmore – Saturday Jan. 9 – 7 PM
Canmore at Olds Grizzlys – Tuesday, Jan. 12 – 7 PM
The Canmore Eagles received goals from three different defenceman but it wasn’t enough as the Camrose Kodiaks scored two unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Eagles 6-4 in Alberta Junior Hockey League action Friday night.
The fast-paced, hard-hitting affair was played before 486 fans at the Canmore Recreation Centre. The two teams will meet each other again in a re-match tonight (Saturday Jan. 9) in Canmore.
The Eagles, now 18-17-4 on the season and losers of five straight games, received their goals from defenceman Brayden Biccum (2nd), Brett Schimmel (3rd), Jakob Lavoie (1st) and forward Ryley Risling (2nd).
The Kodiaks, who outshot the Eagles by a 44-28 margin, improved their overall record to 28-8-3 and remain in the hunt to track down the first-place Brooks Bandits for the Southern Division championship.
“Our effort and compete level was there tonight,” said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne afterwards. “We had about 4 or 5 mental mistakes against a good team and they capitalized. If we played like that consistently, we would win a lot of games. They scored two fluke goals in the first period and a really nice game winner in the third. We will have to bring the same effort tomorrow (Saturday).”
NOTEBOOK: The Kodiaks have now defeated the Eagles ten times in their last 11 meetings. . . With a three-point night on Friday, Kodiak Nelson Gadoury moved into second-place in the AJHL scoring parade with 52 points, just one point behind leader Erik Pedersen of Whitecourt . . .Canmore’s Matt Forchuk picked up one assist on Friday night and is in third-place with 51 points, while team-mate Logan Ferguson sits in seventh-place with 47 points. . . The AJHL final deadline is set for Sunday, Jan. 10.