PHOTO – Jordan Revie picked up his 20th goal of the season last night but it wasn't enough as the Brooks Bandits registered a 4-2 victory over the visiting Eagles. – Julie Wilson photo
NEXT GAME: Tuesday Feb. 25 at Calgary Mustangs
NEXT HOME GAME – Friday, Feb. 28 vs Brooks Bandits
With just two games remaining on their 2013-14 Alberta Junior Hockey League regular season schedule, the Canmore Eagles are now officially destined for either a fourth or fifth place finish in the AJHL's Southern Division standings.
After claiming a 4-1 road victory in Drumheller on Friday, the Eagles weren’t as fortunate on Saturday as they dropped a hard fought 4-2 decision to the first-place Brooks Bandits before a huge crowd of just over 2,000 fans at the Brooks Centennial Regional Arena.
The Eagles currently sit in fourth-place in the Southern Division standings with a record of 31-24-3 and 65 points, but have just two games remaining on their regular season schedule.
The fifth-place Camrose Kodiaks (27-19-10) are just a point behind the Eagles with 64 points, but enjoy the luxury of having four games left to play. The Kodiaks also have a mathemical chance to overtake the third-place Drumheller Dragons who have 71 points and three games left to play.
Jordan Revie (20th) and Ryley Risling (5th) had the Eagle goals on Saturday night in Brooks, while goaltender Ryan Ferguson (23-13-2) played well but took the loss stopping 23 of the 27 Bandit shots. The Eagles outshot the Bandits 28-27 on the night.
“I thought we deserved a better fate tonight,” said Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne. “They got a couple of lucky bounces and that was the difference in the game. We had our fair share of quality scoring chances and the boys played hard. Both Melzer (Roman) and Schimmel (Brett) were good on the backend and it was nice to see Olson (Lane) with two points after missing Friday’s game with the flu. If we can play like that through a playoff series, we’ll be just fine.”
Canmore will wrap up their regular season this week with an away game in Calgary on Tuesday (Feb. 25) against the Mustangs, and a home game on Friday (Feb. 28) against the Brooks Bandits.
The first-round of the playoffs will begin during the first week of March. Playoff match-ups, dates and times will be announced following the conclusion of the regular season.