SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 – Check the date – this is not April 1st. This is not an April Fool’s story. The following statements are true!
The Canmore Eagles defeated the Spruce Grove Saints 4-1 last night in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game played at the Canmore Recreation Centre before 340 fans.
The victory completed a two-game winning weekend for the Eagles as they defeated the visiting Whitecourt Wolverines 4-2 on Friday night.
The Canmore Eagles are now tied for second-place in the AJHL Southern Division standings with a 2-1 record after three games. It took until Game 12 last year for the Eagles to record their second victory.
Eagle forward Zack Rassell registered a six point weekend and is currently in second place in the AJHL scoring parade, just one point behind leader Locke Muller of the Bonnyville Pontiacs. The Pontiacs have played two more games than the Eagles.
Canmore forward Connor Hoekstra is tied for the AJHL goal scoring lead with four goals as the third year St. Albert native has scored at least a goal in all three Eagle games this year.
New Eagle assistant coach Jeremy Reich, who officially joined the team for this weekend’s games, is a perfect 2-0 behind the bench. Reich, who is handling the team’s defence, has seen his team surrender just 3 goals since taking over.
The Canmore Eagle’s specialty teams have already produced five power play goals this year (3rd in the league) and have allowed just one power play goal against.
Both Canmore netminders, Ty Swabb and Cameron Barnes, picked up wins this weekend and looked sharp in the Eagle's net when called upon.
The Eagles 50-50 draw at home games continues to be a big success, especially for the Music family. In four home games, (including two exhibition games), the 50-50 pot has averaged over $1,000. The Musics, parent of Eagle player Braeden, have claimed the jackpot twice. Time to buy a lottery ticket!
The next game for the Eagles is Friday, September 21 when they will host the Drumheller Dragons at the Canmore Recreation Centre. Game time is 7 pm. The Eagles will then head to Calgary for a road game against the Canucks on Saturday, September 22.
Today is “Car Wash” Sunday for the Eagles as they will be out in force at Simpson’s Car Wash to raise money for the player’s “fun” fund. Craig’s Way Station will be providing a free BBQ and the Eagles will wash your car/truck for a donation. The hours for the Eagle Car Wash are 11-3.
With the NHL players now officially locked out, this is a perfect year to support the Canmore Eagles and buy a season ticket. With six 20-year-olds on the roster and a pair of rock solid goaltenders, the Eagles will be a contender this year. Adult season tickets are just $299, senior and students $249, children $129. Family passes (2 adults and two children) are just $699. Contact marketing@canmoreeagles.com. The Eagles still have 27 home games remaining.