From the Crag and Canyon: Eagles get home-ice win over Mustangs

The Canmore Eagles got their first win of their condensed Alberta Junior Hockey League exhibition season. Getting the deed done in a big way.

Five different players got involved in the scoring in a 5-1 win over the Calgary Mustangs on Saturday night before just over 300 fans at the Canmore Recreation Centre.

Coy Prevost finished the game with one goal and two assists.

Colton Young opened the scoring off a breakaway, when he deked out the Mustangs goaltender and backhanded the puck into the goal at 9:55 of the first period. That would be the only goal until the second minute of the third period.

Young’s game ended late in the first period when assessed a major penalty for a hit to the head on Mustang Ryan Stoynich, who needed assistance in leaving the ice at the conclusion of the period.

Trevor Van Steinburg would make it 2-0 when he broke out from his own end on a shorthanded situation, putting the puck between Mustangs netminder Matt Trulsen’s pads at 1:18.

Mitch Zambon then made it 3-0 at 3:08, firing a high wrist shot from the high slot.

The Eagles were found guilty of thinking this was going to be a cakewalk and got complacent in the neutral zone which allowed Joe Karpyshyn to slip in behind the defence, pick up a loose puck and backhand it past a sprawling Canmore goaltender Thomas Davis at 3:53.

Prevost in tight on goal raised the puck into the net at 7:19 to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead.

Adding to the Eagles’ goal total was prospect Ty Budai on the power play at 9:01, picking up a rebound and backhanding it home just off the left wing post.

The Eagles head to Calgary for a Sunday matinee, taking on the Canucks at the Max Bell Centre (2:30 p.m), in what is their final exhibition game of this junior A hockey season.

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