Canucks Find Success in a Tight Battle Against Eagles
Monday afternoon the Canucks were in Canmore for a family day match up against the Eagles. With the Eagles sitting a few points back in the standings the win was of significant importance.
The Canucks started with a bang getting their first of the night at 1:10 with a goal by #22 Josh Giacomin from #18 Matt Painchaud. #8 Dylan Williamson made it 2-0 Canucks with a power play marker at 5:38 of the first. Assists on the goal went to #9 Ben Assad and #13 Zach McNeill. After killing off a 5 minute major penalty #21 Kyler Magus put one in the back of the net to extend the Canucks lead to 3-0 with help from #6 Scott Nicholson and #18 Matt Painchaud. After the first period shots on net were 16-9 for the Eagles.
Hitting the ice for the second period the Canucks were looking to keep thing going. At 12:21 of the second, #20 Logan Ferguson made it 3-1 after scoring the Eagles first of the night on the power play. Looking to rebound #28 Brett Van Os found the back to once again give the Canucks a 3 goal lead. Assists went to #23 Mark Drohan and #21 Kyler Magus. With another 5 minute power play, #29 Bryce Platt scored for the Eagles to make it 4-2 with 1 minute remaining in the period. Shots on net after 40 minutes of play were 29-21.
To start the third #25 Travis Verveda scored another on the power play to bring the Eagles within one. The Canucks weren’t backing down as #4 Allan MacPherson put one past the Eagles goaltender on the power play with help from #23 Mark Drohan and #18 Matt Painchaud. It was 5-3 Canucks. With 9 seconds remaining in the period and their goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, #20 Logan Ferguson scored to for the Eagles to make it 5-4. Fending off the Eagles for the final seconds of the period the Canucks took the game 5-4!
The game star for the Canucks was #18 Matt Painchaud with 3 assists in the game.
Canucks Unable to hold off the Bandits
Friday night the Canucks were set to take on the Brook Bandit in game 1 in our home-and-home weekend. The Canucks were able to win the last game against the Bandits on home ice and were looking for a repeat.
In the first period there was lots of action on both ends of the ice with both teams getting 10 shots on net. Both goaltenders stepped up their game to prevent any goals from going in. After 20 minutes of play things were tied up across the board.
In the second there was once again a ton of action across the ice as both teams hit the ice in an effort to break the tie. In the end neither team was able to put one on the board. The Canucks had 12 shots to the Bandits 10 to have a 22-20 shot lead after the second.
In the third the Bandits were finally able to break the tie as #25 Orca Wiesblatt scored with just 4:31 left in the period. #5 Joe O’Connor made it 2-0 for the Bandits with a power play goal. While the Canucks played a solid game they were unable to tie things up.
#9 Ben Assad, who played in his 200th AJHL game, was selected as the game star for the Canucks.
Canucks Defeat the Brook Bandits
Saturday the Canucks travelled to Brooks for a rematch during game 2 of our home and home weekend.
Not letting the result from the night before hold them back the Canucks hit the ice ready for battle. The Canucks opened the scoring with a goal from #27 Jordan McConnell who tipped it in from #12 Andrew Marshall just 2:31 into the game. Continuing to push #25 Braydon Jenkins made it 2-0 for the Canucks after a set up from #27 Jordan McConnell and #12 Andrew Marshall. Holding off the Bandits the Canucks maintained their 2-0 lead at the end of the period. Shots on net were 11-4 in favour of the Bandits.
In the second there was end to end action with neither team able to make a move. Shots throughout the period were 14 for the Bandits and 12 for the Canucks. With the second coming to an end the Canucks still had a 2-0 lead over the Bandits.
In the third the Bandits were putting tons of pressure on the Canucks in order to tie up the game. With just under 7 minutes remaining in the period #37 Tyrell Mappin scored to bring the Bandits within striking distance of the Canucks. With the Bandits receiving a power play in the final minutes of the game the Canucks needed a stellar penalty kill to keep the lead. Things turned out for the Canucks as #22 Josh Giacomin scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway to make it 3-1 Canucks. Final shots on net were 39-19 in favour of the Bandits.
With a great goaltending performance #30 Logan Drackett was the game star for the Canucks.
Canucks Fall to Eagles in Match Up for Second Place
With second place on the line the Canucks were set to play against the Canmore Eagles for the final time this season.
In the first both teams came out flying hoping to take the win. The teams were back and forth across the ice and the Canucks finished the period with 8 shots on net while the Eagles had 12.
In the second the Eagles got on the board with a goal by #21 Trevor Van Steinberg at 3:16 of the second. About 3 minutes later #17 Braden Saretsky added another for the Eagles to make it 2-0. The Canucks tried to push back but were unable to get one past the Eagles goaltender. Shots in the period were 9-8 in favour of the Eagles.
The Canucks started the third with a bang as #12 Andrew Marshall scored a power play goal 40 seconds into the period, assists going to #18 Matt Painchaud and #27 Jordan McConnell. With less than 2 minutes remaining in the period the Canucks pulled their goaltender in an effort to tie the game. Unfortunately the Eagles found the net as #10 Matt Forchuk scored on the empty net. After the goal the Canucks pulled their goaltender again, which resulted in the Canmore Eagles scoring another empty net goal curtsey of #29 Bryce Platt. Final score was 4-1 Eagles. Shots in the third period were 16-12 for the Canucks.
With the goal #12 Andrew Marshall was the game star for the Canucks.
Canucks End the Season the Way they started!
The Canucks ended their regular season the way they started with a game against the Olds Grizzlys. With a lot on the line for the Canucks a win in the game would solidify third spot in the south.
#21 Kyler Magus started things off quickly scoring just 34 seconds into the game to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. Assists on the goal went to #9 Ben Assad and #4 Allan MacPherson. With 2:40 remaining in the period #12 Andrew Marshall put one in the net with help from #25 Braydon Jenkins and #16 Brayden Brown. Shots in the period were 14-8 for the Canucks.
One minute into the period #18 Matt Painchaud scored with help from #28 Brett Van Os and #4 Allan MacPherson to give the Canucks a 3-0 lead. On the power play #12 Andrew Marshall scored his second of the game from #7 Josh Gagne and #27 Jordan McConnell. After 40 minutes the Canucks had a 4-0 lead and were outshooting the Grizzlys 22-15.
In the third the Canucks dominated the play getting 10 shots on net to the Grizzlys 5. Things came to a close with the Canucks winning 4-0.
#12 Andrew Marshall was the Canucks game star after scoring 2 goals.