Over 42 Years of Tradition

For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Calgary Canucks are currently going through growing pains after they had reached second in the AJHL South standings a few weeks ago. On Wednesday night, they dropped a 7-5 game in Drumheller where they simply couldnâ??t get the advantage over a tough Dragons squad.

The Dragons came out hitting and picked up a two goal lead in the first period with two goals from Trent Ouellette. In between, the Canucks spent a lot of time shorthanded. With Jordan Wiest in the box, Brayden Beckley broke into the zone with eyes for the net. His rush to the net put him right in the goalieâ??s zone and into the goalie. Based on the refereeâ??s observation, that merited him a five minute major for goaltender interference and a game misconduct. The Canucks then had a 5-3 and a five minute major to kill both of which they did successfully.

Down a forward, the Canucks pressed during the second after going down 3-0. Gianni Mangone got the team going with a rocket from the point that saw its way to the back of the net on the powerplay with Trent Geiger and Ty Morgan assisting. Shortly thereafter, Trent Geiger added one of his own putting it in after a short two on one. He recognized the nice pass from Sam Plaquin who had received it from Jordan Kancsal. Both teams then started their goal exchanges which went on into the third. This included a nice set of moves by Canuck Matt Rypien who slid it in five-hole after a pass from Kent Walchuk. The Canucks were down 4-3 after two.

It continued in the third and Calgaryâ??s goals were potted by Brett Dumaine (from Logan Franz and Gianni Mangone) and Colton Sheen (from Logan Franz and Brett Dumaine). With three minutes to go, the Canucks were down 6-5 and had a powerplay. Unfortunately, they were not able to put one home and Trent Ouellette scored his fourth of the game in the empty net sealing the victory for the Dragons.

The Canucksâ?? next test is a home-and-home with the reigning RBC Cup Champion Brooks Bandits taking place on Friday and Saturday. The home portion for the Canucks take place at the Max Bell Centre on Friday night with puck drop set for 7 pm.