CANMORE – The Canmore Eagles took game one of the weekend double header against the Camrose Kodiaks at the Canmore Rec centre on Friday (Nov.1) evening with a 4-3 final score.
The Eagles came out soaring in the first twenty minutes, opening up a three goal lead.
Brent Schuldhaus scored first on the power play, 2:35 into the period with a shot from the point.
"It was big. It was nice to get, that's what happens when you put puck on net," Schuldhaus said.
Alex Young kept his impressive eight-game point streak alive, as he doubled the Eagles lead only two minutes after the first goal. Canmore controlled the game in the first half of the period, but ran into penalty trouble. Camrose capitalized while on the man advantage. Greyson Stewart was the recipient of a crisp passing play, pulling the visitors to within one.
Getting the nod in net for the fourth consecutive game was Kadin Kilpatrick. Despite giving up one goal, Kilpatrick looked confident between the pipes, turning away 11 shots.
Schuldhaus restored the hosts two goal lead with another shot from the point, and 45 seconds later Zach Carlson jumped on a rebound to triple the Eagles lead.
"It was a nice easy tap in," said Carlson of his second of the season. "I've definitely been snake bitten since the first game, so it was nice to get another one."
The Kodiaks pushed back in the second period, outshooting the Eagles. However, the visitors could not solve Kilpatrick, and the period ended the same as the first.
Both teams traded multiple scoring chances in the third. Camrose struck twice in the frame with the man advantage, but could not complete the comeback.
Eagles head coach Andrew Milne was not happy with the way his team let the Kodiaks back into the game.
"We got to a pretty good lead and our immaturity crept in and we just weren't mature enough to win. Luckily we managed to score enough to win in the first."
"Some poor penalties gave them life in the third and we just have to learn to stomp on their throat when we are up," said Schuldhaus.
The two teams will meet tomorrow (Nov. 2) evening in the second half of the double header at the Canmore Rec Centre.