The Camrose Kodiaks came to Canmore looking for some redemption from last year’s first round playoff elimination to the Canmore Eagles and they certainly achieved that Friday night as they defeated the hometown Eagles 7-4 in an Alberta Junior Hockey League played before a sparse Halloween night crowd of just 359 at the Canmore Recreation Centre.
The two teams will face each other again tonight in the back end of their weekend double header. Game time at the Canmore Recreation Centre is 7 pm.
The Kodiaks got off to a roaring start as they scored twice on their first three shots on net and never looked back scoring three power-play goals and outshooting the Eagles by a wide 46-27. With the victory, Camrose improves their early season record to an impressive 14-2-2, while Canmore drops to 9-10.
Kurt Hildebrand (5th), Ryley Risling (11th), Lane Olson (4th) and Simon Philp (8th) had the Eagle goals, while goaltender Ryan Ferguson took the loss and saw his record drop to 7-9.
“We scored enough goals to win, but unfortunately we can’t seem to get both our offence and defence going at the same time,” said Eagle Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne. “It’s been a real challenge for us lately. Our guys competed hard, but our special team play was a problem for us both offensively and defensively. We’ll have to be much better on a lot of fronts in order to win on Saturday.”
NOTEBOOK: Calgary Flame PA announcer BEESLEY will be in the Eagle broadcast booth to perform tonight's PA duties for the Eagles.. . .The injury bug is starting to hit the Eagles hard. With defenceman Jakob Lavoie and rookie goaltender Levi Nelson already sidelined with long term ankle injuries, rookie forward Matt Forchuk also left last night’s game with a concussion and a partially-separated shoulder.