UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Saturday, Feb. 15 – Okotoks Oiler – 7 PM
Holiday Monday, Feb. 17 – Calgary Canucks – 2:30 PM
Camrose forward Connor Mailey scored three consecutive third-period goals to send 1,219 Kodiak fans home happy as the Kodiaks rallied to register a 5-3 victory over the visiting Canmore Eagles in Alberta Junior Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon.
The victory by Camrose gives the Kodiaks a record of 25-18-10 and 60 points in the AJHL Southern Division standings, just one point behind the fourth-place Canmore Eagles (29-21-3) in the battle for fourth-place, and home ice-advantage in the first round of the upcoming playoffs.
The loss was the third consecutive defeat for the Eagles on their weekend road trip as they also lost 6-3 to Bonnyville on Friday, and 4-2 to Lloydminster on Saturday.
The Eagles enjoyed a 3-2 lead over the Kodiaks early in the third period but simply ran out of gas as Mailey registered his 15th, 16th and 17th goals of the season to give the Kodiaks the victory.
Simon Philp had a pair of goals for the Eagles (19th and 20th) and was named the Eagle’s “Star of the Game”. Jordan Revie (18th) had the other Canmore goal, while goaltender Ryan Ferguson (21-11-2) took the loss stopping 26 of 31 Kodiak shots.
“It was certainly a very tough weekend for the team result wise, but it wasn’t all bad, as we played some sound hockey and certainly had the opportunity to win a game or two,” said Eagle’s Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne. “Playing three road games in 2 ½ days is never an easy task, especially when you play teams who are rested and waiting to play you. We didn’t play very well in our opening game on Friday night in Bonnyville, but we played much better in the last two games. Unfortunately we didn’t get the results we had hoped for, but we’ll just regroup and get ready for the remaining seven games on our schedule. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves for one second – we have some very tough games coming up against some very good teams, so we better be ready. I think we all look forward to the upcoming challenge.”
NOTEBOOK: Eagle defenceman Trey Phillips did not register a point in Sunday’s loss to the Kodiaks and saw his league leading 14-game point scoring streak come to an end. . . Canmore’s powerplay had a tough weekend scoring just twice on 18 opportunities. . . With three straight losses, the Eagles are suddenly in a dog-fight with the Kodiaks for fourth-place in the AJHL Southern Division standings. The schedule maker has not been kind to the Eagles as they will play four road games and three home games to wrap up their regular season.
Canmore Eagles – HOME (3) – Okotoks, Calgary Canucks, Brooks
AWAY (4) – Okotoks, Drumheller, Brooks, Calgary Mustangs,
Camrose Kodiaks – HOME (4) – Spruce Grove, Calgary Must., Calgary Can., Olds
AWAY (3) – Brooks, Lloydminster, Drumheller