The Canucks opened up the season on the road in front of a crowd of 621 at the Drumheller Memorial Arena. The Dragons came out strong going up 5-0 early in the second period, before the Canucks could find the back of the net themselves, with a goal from Justin Barker. The game ended 8-2 in favour of the Dragons, with Alex Walicki scoring the second goal for the Canucks. Dragons Forward Grayson Dietrichi led the way with two goals and four points.
The very next night the Canucks got back to work in Canmore and were the first to strike with a goal from Ben Kotylak at 8:56 into the game. The Eagles responded with goals of their own and jumped out to a 3-1 lead going into the 3rd period. Canmore struck two more times, including a goal on the powerplay. Three minutes after falling behind 5-1, Braeden Donnelly cut into the lead with an unassisted goal, making it 5-2. Later in the 3rd on the powerplay, Alex Walicki got the Canucks within two and with time ticking down Koytlak scored his second of the game, but with 4 seconds left to play the Canucks ended up short 5-4.
The Canucks were welcomed back home to their temporary home of Henry Viney Arena with a date with the Brooks Bandits. Quickly spoiling the party, the Bandits opened the scoring with three goals in the first. The road team scored four more times over the remaining 40 minutes for a 7-0 win over the host Canucks, with goalie Ethan Barwick stopping all 22 pucks the Canucks threw at him. On a positive note for the Canucks, the penalty kill unit went five for five.
The Canucks welcomed the new team, the Blackfalds Bulldogs to Calgary with a scoreless 1st trading nearly equal shots. In the second the ‘Nucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead with two power play goals from Blake Setter and Matt Corbet. The Bulldogs would get a powerplay goal of their own with under four to play in the Second. Early in 3rd, Brock Mueller would get the ‘Nucks up 3-1, with yet another powerplay goal. Late in the period, the Bulldogs would make it a one-goal game, before Corbet would seal the deal with an empty-net goal, his second of the game, Rookie Goalie Ian Mills picked up his first AJHL win, stopping 41 of 43.
At the Centennial Regional Arena in Brooks, the Lloydminster Bobcats flew out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Late in the first Justin Barker got one for the Canucks making it a 3-1 game. Calgary would storm back in the 2nd to tie up the game with goals from Dylan Clark and Matt Corbet. The teams traded goals making it a 4-4 contest heading into the 3rd period. The Bobcats broke the tie early into the 3rd going up 5-4. With under five to play Justin Barker tied the game up once again, but a ‘Cats goal with three minutes left sealed the win for Lloydminster.
The second and final game at the Showcase saw Aidan Moore open up the scoring early for the Canucks before the Drayton Valley Thunder took the lead with two goals, including one on the powerplay. Ivan Kedrov would respond 42 seconds after the Thunder took the lead, tying the game at 2-2. The period ended with a third goal from the Thunder, making it 3-2 after a high-scoring 20 mins of play. In the second period, Drayton Valley scored two more times making it 5-2. The score would hold up for the Thunder win, as the last 20 mins of play saw no score changes.
Ben Kotylak is the player of the month for September, the ‘02 born has 3 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. Kotylak is at a 1.2 points per game pace and had two multi-point games, including his 2 goal effort vs the Canmore Eagles.
Inner City Brewing has partnered with the Calgary Canucks to celebrate our 50th season. They've created a special label for their Bridgelandia Hoppy Blonde Ale and are selling limited edition 4-packs. These 4-packs are available at the Inner City Brewing taproom, or you can order from their website.
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these cans will be donated to your Calgary Canucks hockey team. Cheers to celebrating our 50th season with Calgary's ONLY junior hockey beer.
October 6th Vs. Drumheller Dragons 7:00pm
It's Wild Wednesday! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Youth, Students, Seniors!
October 26th Vs. Camrose Kodiaks 7:00pm
It's TOONIE TUESDAY! All Youth, Students, Seniors tickets are only $2!
Other upcoming October home games include:
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