After winning their home opener on Saturday night, the Calgary Canucks Jr. A team repeated the feat on Monday night, holding on for a 2-0 shutout win over the visiting Camrose Kodiaks.
The Canucks beat the Kodiaks when they visited Camrose last Friday night for their first win of the year. They won again on Monday night as the Kodiaks were the visitors.
Calgary scored 1:37 into the game as the dynamic duo of Janz and Franz connected. This time, Michael Janz scored his first of the year with Logan Franz and Colton Sheen picking up the assists. A few minutes later, the Canucks added a powerplay marker as Trent Geiger scored his second of the year from Gianni Mangone and Derek Thorogood. Through one, the Canucks led 2-0 while being outshot 17-10.
In the second, the Canucks couldnâ??t capitalize on a number of powerplays including a 5 minute major powerplay that was caused by a Ryan Huolt hit to the head on Kent Walchuk who was injured on the play but returned later in the game. No goals were scored but the Kodiaks managed to outshoot the Canucks 10-7.
The last period brought an onslaught of offensive pressure from the Kodiaks that lasted the entire period. Despite getting a few powerplay opportunities, the Canucks spent the vast majority of their time trying to get out of their zone. Goaltender Colin Cooper made save after save racking up 25 of them in the period. The Canucks only got three shots.
In the end, the Cooper was cheered heavily by his teammates and the crowd as his 52 save shutout gave the Canucks their third win in a row. After losing their first four games, the Canucks are now 3-4 and climbing in the AJHLâ??s South Division standings.
The Canucks are now off to the AJHLâ??s Showcase Weekend to play Sherwood Park and Canmore in Spruce Grove on Thursday and Friday. The weekend gives the opportunity for scouts from the NHL, NCAA and other levels to see all the leagueâ??s teams in play. Calgary returns to Max Bell Arena for their next game on Monday, September 30 as they face the Okotoks Oilers.