Canucks Split Games This Weekend

Canucks Win with a Last Minute Goal against the Kodiaks

On Tuesday night the Canucks headed up out to Camrose to face off against the Kodiaks. This is the first time the Canucks have travelled to Camrose this season, but they have been able to beat the Kodiaks in all three games hosted on home ice.

The first period was relatively quiet on the scoring front but #9 Ben Assad capitalized on the power play late in the period to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.  Assists on the goal went to #18 Matt Painchaud and #23 Mark Drohan.  Shots at the end of the period were 11-4 in favour of the Kodiaks. 
In the second the Kodiaks battled back to tie the game with a goal by #18 Kyler Kupka who was set up on the play by #27 Alex Mowbray and #39 Mackenzie Bauer.   After 40 minutes the game remained tied 1-1.  Shots on net were 19 for the Canucks and 18 for the Kodiaks.

With the game tied both teams were pushing for a goal.  With just 46 seconds remaining in the game Canucks forward #27 Jordan McConnell put one in the net from #4 Allan MacPherson and #28 Brett Van Os.  With the late goal the Canucks were back in the lead and were able to fend off the Kodiaks to win the game 2-1.  Shots at the end of the game were 32-26 for the Kodiaks.

#30 Logan Drackett was selected as the game star for the Canucks.

Canucks Make It 6 in a Row with a Win Over the Grizzlys

Friday the Canucks made a visit to Olds to take on the Grizzlys for the fourth time this season.  With a 2-0-1 record against the Grizzlys the Canucks were looking for another win. 

The Canucks were the first to strike as #21 Kyler Magus put one past Grizzlys goaltender #31 Ben Giesbrecht at 10:10 of the first.  #19 Parker Ward and #27 Jordan McConnell assisted on goal.  After 20 minutes the Canucks had a 1-0 lead over the Grizzlys and were also out shooting them 9-8.

Early in the second period the Grizzlys tied the game as #10 Landon Gross scored with help from #7 Chase Olsen.  The Canucks were sitting back as #9 Ben Assad scored to put the Canucks back in the lead with help from #5 Coby Mack and #18 Matt Painchaud.  On the power play the Canucks extended their lead with a goal by #16 Brayden Brown.  Assists on the goal went to #23 Mark Drohan and #13 Connor Blake.  Midway through the period #13 Connor Blake took advantage of another Canucks power play make it 4-1, after being set up on the play by #23 Mark Drohan and #25 Braydon Jenkins.  At the end of the period the Canucks were outshooting the Grizzlys 23-17. 

The third period was a back and forth with both team recording 8 shots on net, however, neither team was able to put one in the back of the net.  At the end of the third the Canucks were still leading 4-1, extending their win streak to 6 games. 

With a goal and an assist #13 Connor Blake was named the star of the game for the Canucks.

Canucks Unable to Comeback Against the Kodiaks

Saturday the Canucks headed back up to Camrose to face off against the Kodiaks for the second time this week.  With a win earlier this week the Canucks were looking to continue their win steak.  

Looking to come out strong the Canucks captain #9 Ben Assad put one on the board at 8:56 of the first to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead with help from #28 Brett Van Os.  The Canucks extended their lead a few minutes later with a goal by #12 Andrew Marshall who was set up by #4 Allan MacPherson.  Late in the period #28 Jacob Kendall scored to bring the Kodiaks within one.  At the end of the first the Canucks had a 2-1 lead, however, the Kodiaks were leading in shots 10-6.

In the second the #18 Kyler Kupka scored on the power play to tie the game for the Kodiaks.   With 1:40 left in period the Kodiaks took the lead with a goal by #39 Mackenzie Bauer.  After 40 minutes the Canucks were trailing by one.  Shots at the end of the period were 21-17 in favour of the Kodiaks. 

Down heading into the third the Canucks were looking to tie the game at 3 but were unable to make the comeback before the final buzzer.  The Kodiaks took the game 3-2.  Finals shots were 26-24 for the Kodiaks.

Scoring the second goal #12 Andrew Marshall was the Canucks game star for the night.

Up next the Canucks head south to take on the Okotoks Oilers on Friday before heading back out to Camrose on Saturday to take on the Kodiaks for the final time in regular season.   The Canucks return to Max Bell Centre on December 14th when they host the Okotoks Oilers.

Go Canucks Go!