CANMORE EAGLES ““ 24/09/21-2
Eagles”™ hard work undone by penalties
It was two periods of near perfection ruined by some undisciplined play.
The Canmore Eagles received an extraordinary goaltending performance from Andreai Proctor-Ramirez in the opening period, looked inspired and scored four times in the second period, then had it all unravel in the final period as the hometown Okotoks Oilers used the power play to great effect to record a 7-4 Alberta Junior Hockey League victory before 680 fans at the Pason Centennial Arena.
Proctor-Ramirez, who was named the star of the game in each of the Eagles”™ first two outings, allowed just one goal ““ a shorthanded marker ““ in the opening period as he was peppered with 20 shots.
The Eagles then scored four goals in the second period to grab a 4-2 lead against the 19th ranked nationally Oilers.
Carter Myrol pounced on a loose puck at the right-wing post for the Eagles”™ first goal.
Then a hard-working power play led to Lane Paddison getting a one-timer off the left wing to put the Eagles ahead in the contest.
Kayden Smith blocked a shot near the blue line, raced unmolested down the right wing and wired a high shot, short side to give the visitors a two-goal lead.
After the Oilers got one back, it was Schaeffer finding time and space and the puck, eventually sliding the disc under a prone goaltender for the Eagles”™ second power-play goal of the period and restoring the two-goal lead.
However, there was still another period of play and after benefitting from penalty calls on the Oilers it would be penalties that would cost the Eagles. The Oilers scored three power-play goals in the opening 4:28 of the third period undoing all the Eagles”™ hard work in the first 40 minutes. The home side then added salt to the wound with two more goals in the dying minutes of the game.
Two of those third-period, power-play goals came from Conyr Hellyer, sandwiching a marker by Rieger Lorenz. Dean Spak would score the Oilers”™ sixth goal with under three minutes to play followed by Lorenz scoring his second of the game into an empty net in the final minute.
Also scoring for Okotoks were Bowden Singleton, in the first period, and Sam Huck, with a power-play marker in the second period.
The Oilers finished 4-for-6 with the man advantage, while Canmore was 2-for-6.
Okotoks outshot Canmore 47-24 with Parker Sawka in goal for the Oilers.
The Eagles (2-1-0) next play at home on Sunday, Sept. 26 against the Blackfalds Bulldogs (1-1-0). Game time is 2 p.m. at the Recreation Centre. Fans are reminded they will have to show proof of vaccination to attend the game. Game tickets are available online at canmoreeagles.com.
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