PHOTO: Jordan Revie celebrated his 20th birthday Tuesday night with two goals and an assist to help the Eagles to a 5-3 road victory over the Calgary Mustangs. (photo courtesy of Julie Wilson)
NEXT HOME GAMES
Friday Jan. 24 – Drumheller Dragons
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Sherwood Park Crusaders
The Canmore Eagles extended their current winning streak to four games last night as Jordan Revie had two goals and an assist to lead the Eagles to a 5-3 victory over the home-town Calgary Mustangs in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game played before 237 fans at the Father David Bauer Arena.
The victory, their third straight on the road, improves the Eagle’s overall record to 26-17-3. With the two points earned, the Eagles now have 55 points and sit in third-place in the AJHL Southern Division standings, just two points back of the second-place Drumheller Dragons.
With his two goal performance, Revie now has 14 goals on the season and his three-point night moves him into fourth-place in the Eagles scoring parade with 34 points. Trey Phillips (19th), Nils Moser (1st) and Simon Philp (17th) had the other Eagle goals.
Veteran goaltender Cameron Barnes was sharp in the Eagle net stopping 33 of 36 Mustang shots to improve his record to 8-9-1.
“Special team play was the big difference for us tonight,” said Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne, whose team scored three powerplay goals while not allowing the Mustangs to convert on their two powerplay opportunities. “With its’ big ice surface, the Father David Bauer arena can be a tough place to play in, but we stayed disciplined and didn’t allow them too many scoring opportunities. It was great to see Cam Barnes have a strong game for us in our net and he kept us in it when they pressed us in the third period.”
The Eagles now return to the friendly confines of the Canmore Recreation Centre for their next four games beginning with a couple of key games this weekend against Drumheller on Friday (Jan. 24) and Sherwood Park on Saturday (Jan. 25). Both games start at 7 pm.
“We’ve got 14 games left on the schedule and we are in a real dog-fight with four other teams for home-ice advantage in the first-round of the upcoming playoffs,” said Milne, referring to the fact that just four points separate the 2nd-5th place Drumheller Dragons, Okotoks Oilers, Eagles and Camrose Kodiaks in the standings. “By winning our last three games on the road, we have put ourselves in a good position to challenge for a higher finish in the final standings. Playing at home has been a real advantage for us this season (17-4-1), but we can’t take anything for granted. We have four really tough games coming up so we certainly have our work cut out for us. These next few games are critical for us.”
NOTEBOOK: Eagle defenceman Trey Phillips, with a goal and an assist, was named the Eagle’s “Star of the Game” last night. The speedy rear-guard leads the Eagles in scoring with 48 points, in goals with 19, and is the top scoring defenceman in the entire AJHL. . . With 55 points in the AJHL standings, the Eagles have now surpassed last year’s entire point total of 54. . . The Eagles will finish their 2013-14 regular season with seven of their last ten games being played on the road.