CANMORE EAGLES – 09/10/21 - 1
Proctor-Ramirez blanks Bulldogs
Andreai Proctor-Ramirez continues to be the player of the moment for the Canmore Eagles.
Heading into the weekend, Proctor-Ramirez had been chosen the team’s player of the game in five of his Alberta Junior Hockey League’s six appearances this season. On Saturday, Oct. 9, the 19-year-old earned his sixth player-of-the-game star with a 21-save shutout performance in a 5-0 win.
“I definitely wanted it to be a little bit earlier,” said Proctor-Ramirez, who was appearing in just his 14th AJHL game. “The guys played awesome in front of me. They gave me that opportunity, and I’m happy to get it out of the way.”
The victory snapped a five-game losing skid by the Eagles with goals from five different players.
The most surprising of those goals was from defensive stalwart Cale Lyons, who scored his first AJHL regular-season goal in his 51st all-time game dating back to the 2018-19 season.
Also registering first goals at the junior A level were Banff-native Max Monette, in the first period, and Emanuel Hudson, in the second period, to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead before Lyons capitalized on the power play.
In the third period, Kyle Young and Kayden Smith each recorded their second goals of the season to put the two-points firmly into the Eagles’ ledger.
Canmore outshot Blackfalds 35-21 with William Dyke in goal for the visitors.
Both teams had five power plays.
The attendance numbers were unavailable, but it was a near full house in the Recreation Centre.
Next up for the Eagles – now at three wins and five losses on the season -- is a double header with the Brooks Bandits at the Canmore Recreation Centre on Thursday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 15. Game times are 7 p.m. with advance tickets available at canmoreeagles.com.
Brooks leads the South Division at seven wins and one loss and will host the Camrose Kodiaks on Monday before travelling to Canmore.
Proctor-Ramirez is looking forward to the challenge despite having faced 54 shots the last time the Eagles took on the Bandits: a 4-1 loss on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in Brooks.
“From that Brooks game, I think we gained some confidence in our systems and structure,” said the rookie goaltender. “I think we are buying in, so hopefully this (Blackfalds) game is a turnaround, and we will battle hard.”
EAGLES NEST: New to the Canmore lineup on Saturday was Sherwood Park native, 2003-born Evan Waldie, most recently of the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg Ice. … Still missing from the bench is head coach Andrew Milne, serving out a league-imposed suspension that comes to an end on the last day of October. … You can catch all Canmore Eagles’ away and home action live on the internet, visit HockeyTV for details.
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