Camrose Kodiaks at Canmore – Friday, Jan. 8 – 7 PM
Camrose Kodiaks at Canmore – Saturday, Jan. 9 – 7 PM
The Drumheller Dragons capitalized for three powerplay goals and scored three unanswered goals in the game’s final seven minutes to defeat the Canmore Eagles 6-3 in an Alberta Junior Hockey League game played in Hanna on Tuesday night.
It was the second straight game that the Eagles have allowed three powerplay goals and the loss extended the Eagles current losing streak to four games.
With the victory, the Dragons improved their record to 17-19-4 for 38 points and crept to within two points of Canmore in the battle for fourth-place in the AJHL Southern Division standings.
The Eagles, who have just two wins in their past 10 games, now sport a record of 18-16-4 and have 40 points.
Braiden Doucette (10th), Brayden Biccum (1st) and Matt Forchuk (20th) had the Eagle goals, while goaltender Ryan Bontorin took the loss to see his record drop to 9-10-2. Both teams had 42 shots on goal.
“Last night was frustrating on a lot of levels,” said Canmore Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne, whose club took nine minor penalties against the Dragons. “I am as concerned as anyone with our groups lack of commitment to details.”
The upcoming schedule for the Eagles doesn’t get any easier as the second-place Camrose Kodiaks come to Canmore for a pair of games this weekend. The Kodiaks sport a record of 27-8-3 and are 9-1 in their last 10 games.
“This weekend’s games are all about commitment and details when you play Camrose,” said Milne. “We need to figure it out and quickly.”
With the Canadian Junior Hockey League final trade deadline set for Sunday, Jan. 10th, changes to the Eagle’s lineup could be in the making.
“With the trade dead line approaching, our staff is working hard to make our team better,” confirmed Milne. “We have a good team in our estimation, but as a group, they haven’t been able to put it together.”