Oilers stomp Eagles with six-goal second period
Thursday, Dec 07, 2017 06:00 am
The Canmore Eagles are well known for elevating their game against top teams in the league. No matter where they sit in the standings, it seems, the Eagles tend to be full value when facing league leaders.
That is until Tuesday (Dec. 5) night, when the AJHL – leading Okotoks Oilers crushed them 6-2.
The Oilers, who were without four of their key starters, including Canmore’s own Jacob Bernard-Docker, skated the Eagles into the ground and scored all six goals in the second period to secure a dominant win.
Ty Budai scored in the first for the Eagles, and Carson Romeril scored with 37 seconds left in the game, but the Oilers dominated every aspect of the game. In the second period, Okotoks toyed with the Eagles, springing a parade of breakaways onto goalie Logan Dyck. Thomas Davis replaced Dyck in the third period and was perfect in relief, but the damage was already done.
“We stood around and watched the first period. We watched the second period, and they took it to us. They are a fast team. They played with pace, they played with skill. They were first on every loose puck,” said head coach and general manager Andrew Milne.
“After watching them in the first, I thought Logan Dyck was good. We didn’t do him any favours in the second period. He got picked apart in the second, just like the rest of our group,” Milne said. “Our guys need to wake up and stop watching things happen. It was the same thing against Camrose this weekend.”
The Eagles split their weekend series against Camrose, losing 5-4 on Friday (Dec. 1) before bouncing back with a 2-0 shutout against the AJHL southern division’s last place team on Saturday (Dec. 2).
The Oilers ran their record to 25-4-1, which is tops in the entire league. Yet it was their work ethic which impressed Milne, as the Eagles were outhustled all over the rink.
“We didn’t amp up the level we needed. Okotoks is a young team that works and skates. They are a good club and they sure showed us why,” Milne said. “There is no age gap against Okotoks. There were kids on the other team that just worked. We say in the locker room, ‘you control your attitude and your effort.’ I don’t think we had either of those tonight.”
The Eagles are on the road with two games against Camrose this weekend (Dec. 8-9). They are at home for the rest of the month, and are back at home Dec. 15 against Grande Prairie.