Sunday, March 10 2013 – The 2012-2013 hockey season officially came to an end for the Canmore Eagles last night as the hometown Eagles dropped a heart-breaking  4-3 sudden death overtime decision to the visiting Drumheller Dragons before a packed house of 650 spectators.
The victory gave the Dragons a 3-0 sweep of the Alberta Junior Hockey League Best-of-Five opening round playoff series. Drumheller won Game One by a 3-2 score, and Game Two by a 4-0 margin.
With the Dragons enjoying a 3-0 lead early in the second period, the Eagles to their credit, never gave up and battled back to score three unanswered goals and send the game into overtime at 3-3.
Nils Moser, Trey Phillips and Alexander Bechtold all scored goals for Canmore,  before the Dragon’s leading regular season scorer, Ryan Bloom banged home a rebound at 8:02 of extra time to send the Dragons into the next round of the AJHL Southern Division playoffs.
Canmore was outshot 36-24 on the night, and 97-71 overall in the three-game series.
With the loss, the junior hockey careers of six 20-year-old Eagle players has come to an end as captain Riley Point, assistant captains Ciaron Driscoll and Alex Barnes and Zack Rassell, Steven Phee and Ty Swabb will all be graduating.
Canmore will start the rebuilding process for next season when they host their Spring Training Camp on April 12-14.
NOTEBOOK: The Eagles weren’t the only AJHL eliminated from post-season play last night as the Grande Prairie Storm were eliminated by the Sherwood Park Crusaders, and the Drayton Valley Thunder were eliminated by the Bonnyville Pontiacs. . . In other AJHL Southern Division playoff action, the Okotoks Oilers took a 2-1 lead in their series by defeating the Olds Grizzlys 6-5 in Olds, and the Camrose Kodiaks also went up 2-1 in their series with the Calgary Mustangs by defeating the Mustangs 2-1 in OT in Calgary.  Should the Oilers and Kodiaks advance, the Drumheller Dragons will have the unpleasant task of facing the #1 seed Brooks Bandits in the next round of playoffs.