PHOTO: Forward Lane Olson was the Eagle’s “Star of the Game” last night as Canmore edged the Olds Grizzlys 3-2 in Olds – File photo – courtesy of Julie Wilson)
NEXT HOME GAME
Saturday, January 24 versus Olds Grizzlys – 7 PM
Forwards Lane Olson and captain Connor Wilson each had a goal and an assist to lead the Canmore Eagles to a 3-2 victory over the Olds Grizzlys in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game played Friday night in Olds.
The two teams will wrap up their home-and-home series tonight (Sat. Jan. 24) with a game in Canmore.
The road victory by the Eagles improves the club’s overall record to 22-23-1 and pulls them to within one point of catching the Grizzlys (20-20-6) for fifth-place in the AJHL Southern Division standings.
The goal for Olson was his 7th of the season, while Wilson notched his 20th of the season. Rookie Logan Ferguson rounded out the Eagle’s scoring with his 7th goal of the season.
Eagle goaltender Ryan Ferguson earned the victory to improve his overall record to 17-21-1. The Eagles were outshot 31-21 on the night.
“Lane Olson played his best game of the year for us tonight,” enthused Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne. “He was flying out there and we had to adjust some of our line combinations just to try to find some guys who could keep up with him. “Lanes” has the ability to be a game changer and that was very much in evidence tonight.”
Milne also had high praise for his captain – Connor Wilson.
“It sure was great to have our captain back in the lineup,” said Milne of Wilson who missed the previous two Eagle games with an upper body injury. “He leads the right way and when the pressure is on, he steps right up. He showed us again why he is our captain. He made a great pass on the first goal, had a highlight one-timer goal for the winner, and was excellent on our penalty killing unit.”
Game time tonight at the Canmore Recreation Centre is 7 PM.
NOTEBOOK: With last night’s loss, the Grizzlys have now dropped four games in a row . . . With his two points last night, Captain Wilson now has 50 points in 41 games played and moves into 5th-place in the AJHL scoring parade. . .The Eagles, who went 0-4 on the powerplay last night, currently enjoy the AJHL’s most effective powerplay on home ice scoring 31 goals on 122 power-play opportunities for a 25.41% efficiency rating . . .Only Logan Ferguson, Kyle Pauls and Joe Serpico have suited up for all 46 Eagle games this season.