PHOTO: Eagle forward Jordan Revie had the hot hand on Saturday night scoring three goals to lead Canmore to a 5-3 victory over Fort McMurray – (photo courtesy of Julie Wilson)
Twenty-year-old forward Jordan Revie scored his first career Alberta Junior Hockey League hat trick to lead the Canmore Eagles to a 5-3 victory over the Fort McMurray Oil Barons Saturday night at the Canmore Recreation centre.
The victory, before a crowd of 437 fans, improves the Eagles overall record to 7-6 and helps take the sting out of Friday night's tough 3-2 loss to the Brooks Bandits.
The three goal performance from Revie gives the smooth skating winger eight goals on the season and his 14 points overall propels him into 10th spot in the AJHL scoring parade.
Canmore also received goals from Ryley Risling (8th) and Brett Schimmel (1st), while captain Connor Wilson and assistant captain Simon Philp both chipped in with three assists.
Eagle goaltender Ryan Ferguson was once again brilliant in the nets stopping 40 of 43 Oil Baron shots and was named the Eagle’s “Star of the Game” for the fourth time in this young season. The Oil Barons outshot the Eagles 43-34 on the night.
Special team play was the big difference in the win over the Oil Barons as Canmore scored three times on the powerplay on four attempts, while limiting the Barons to just two powerplay goals on their eight opportunities.
“That was a good bounce back game for our hockey club after a rather tough loss on Friday night,” said Eagles Head Coach and General Manager Andrew Milne. “Our power play wasn’t very effective on Friday (1 for 8), but they moved the puck around much better tonight and were rewarded for their efforts. I was impressed by the level of compete from all our players tonight. It was a good team win – everyone contributed.”
The Eagles will now enjoy a few days off for the remainder of the Thanksgiving weekend before regrouping for a pair of road games next weekend when they travel to Drumheller to meet the Dragons on Friday Oct. 17 and then on to face the Olds Grizzlys on Saturday Oct. 18.
The Eagles next home game is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 when the Bonnyville Pontiacs pay a visit to the Canmore Recreation Centre.
NOTEBOOK: With his three assists last night, Eagles captain Connor Wilson now has 19 points in just 13 games and is just one point shy of leading the AJHL scoring parade which is currently shared by Fort McMurray’s Jetlan Houcher and Brook Bandits Austin Plevey who both have 20 points. . . Jordan Revie and Simon Philp are currently tied for 10th-place in the AJHL scoring parade with 14 points. . . .After securing a 5-4 victory over the Oil Barons in Fort McMurray on September 21, the Eagles have now swept the Oil Barons for the first time since the 2006-07 season. . . Following last night’s action, the Eagles released 16 year-old defenceman Kyle Craddock. In five games played with the Eagles this year, Craddock registered one goal. He is expected to return to play hockey in his home town of Peace River River, Alberta.