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.