Photo – Eagle defenceman Trey Phiilips had two assists last night but the Eagles fell 3-2 to Camrose in an overtime shoot-out.
UPCOMING HOME GAME – SATURDAY, DEC.21 – LLOYDMINSTER BOBCATS – 7 PM
There’s an old adage about life – “what goes around, comes around”.
The Canmore Eagles, who have picked up several victories this season as a result of some spectacular goaltending, got a little taste of their own medicine last night as Camrose Kodiak netminder Devin McDonald literally stole the show stopping 40 of 42 Eagle shots to lead his Kodiaks to a 3-2 overtime shoot-out victory over the Canmore Eagles. The Alberta Junior Hockey League game was played before 503 fans at the Canmore Recreation Centre.
McDonald, who shut-out the Eagles 3-0 in Camrose back on Nov. 23, was named the Kodiak’s “Star of the Game” and was once again the difference maker in last night’s game.
The loss snapped Canmore’s seven game home winning streak and drops the Eagle’s regular season record to 20-15-3. With the victory, Camrose improves to 18-14-7. Both teams now have 43 points in the AJHL Southern Division standings and are tied for fourth-place, although Canmore enjoys a game in hand.
“We ran into a hot goalie tonight, what can you say,” said Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne, whose team outshot the Kodiaks by a wide 42-24 margin. “You have to give him credit – he played a great game and got them the win. We put a lot of pucks at him and we had plenty of chances to win, but it just wasn’t our night. Our team played with great structure, we played hard, but we just couldn’t beat their goalie. The best part is we have a quick turnaround and can get after it again tomorrow (Saturday) night.”
Jeremy Margeson (9th) and Connor Wilson (10th) had the Eagle goals, while rookie netminder Ryan Ferguson (13-7-2) took the overtime loss. The Eagle’s powerplay went 0-6, including a full two minutes in overtime when they enjoyed a 4-3 man advantage.
Canmore will wrap up their 2013 portion of this year’s AJHL schedule with a Saturday night (Dec. 21) home game against the visiting Lloydminster Bobcats.
The Bobcats, who defeated the Calgary Canucks 3-1 in Calgary last night, are currently in third-place in the AJHL Northern Division with a 19-15-4 record. Game time is 7 PM
NOTEBOOK: Calgary Flames PA announcer “BEESLEY” will handle the PA duties for tonight’s Eagle game. Make sure you come a little earlier tonight for a special “Canmore” pre-game player introduction . . .Tim Hortons will also be on hand for some special giveaways. With two assists last night, Eagle defenceman Trey Phillips now has 35 points in 37 games and continues to lead the AJHL in scoring by a defenceman.