Scott gives Eagles the edge

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Scott gives Eagles the edge

Canmore Eagles’ Vincent Scott is making his last season of junior hockey count.

On Tuesday (Jan. 24), the 20-year-old captain added his team leading 22nd goal and 37th assist in guiding the Eagles to a 4-1 win over the Canucks at the Max Bell Centre in Calgary.

The victory was important in that it moved Canmore (19-23-2-2) back into a tie for fifth place in the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s South Division with the idle Camrose Kodiaks (20-23-2-0) – both teams have 42 points with the Kodiaks having a game in hand. It also moved the Eagles four points clear of the seventh-place Calgary Canucks (15-22-6-2).

The two points for Scott, places the Edmonton native sixth in AJHL scoring with 59 points from 46 games, obliterating the 42 points (14G-28A) in 114 games totalled over three previous seasons split between Canmore and the Sherwood Park Crusaders. It is also the most points put up by an Eagle in a season since Alex Young’s 82 (36G-46A) and Connor Lyon’s 77 (31G-40A) in the 2019-20 season with 14 games still to play.

Scott’s goal, coming on the power play at 13:17 on the second period, proved the game winner as it snapped a 1-1 tie. Also scoring for Canmore were Rhett Dekowny (7) in the first period, Owen Jones (15) and Hunter Burgeson (8) in the third period.

Calgary’s lone goal came from Riley Hearn early in the second period.

Calgary outshot Canmore 35-32 with Matthew Malin between the pipes for the Eagles and Spencer Borsos tending goal for the Canucks.

On the power play, Canmore was 1-for-7 and Calgary was 0-for-5.

The Eagles’ season continues with contests on the road this weekend as they take on the Dragons on Saturday (Jan. 28, 7 p.m. at Drumheller Memorial Arena) and the Kodiaks in Camrose on Sunday (Jan. 29, 2 p.m. at Encana Arena).

Canmore has won all four games they have played against fourth-place Drumheller (25-16-3-2) this season, outscoring the Dragons 24-11 in the process.

Camrose has won all four games with Canmore this season, including a doubleheader sweep in Canmore on Jan. 13-14. The Kodiaks host the Sherwood Park Crusaders (Thursday, Jan. 26) and the Brooks Bandits (Saturday, Jan. 28) before Sunday’s clash with the Eagles.

The Eagles called up goaltender Brenner Fyfe from the International Hockey Academy (Calgary) to backup Malin. Andreai Proctor-Ramirez continues his recovery from neck and back injuries following a heavy collision that forced him from Saturday’s game with the Brooks Bandits.