Sunday, December 16, 2007

Back 2 Back wins against Canmore

It's always fun to catch the team playing back to back games against a division rival. First up was a match in Canmore on Friday, Dec 14th. The game turned into a rout as Canmore was not in this from the drop of the puck and our Oilers brought their A game along. Elliot Sheen lead the way with 2 goals and while the shots were close ( 39-31 for us), the game certainly was not as the final read 6 to 1 for us. A little roughness showed it's ugly head as Canmore could do nothing more than intimidate our guys. A great way to start this home and home series. Their streak is now 10 straight wins. Can they stretch it to 11 on Saturday night at home?

Saturday, Dec 15th.
I guess what most coaches look for with back to back games is at least a split, but with the Oilers winning the first game, we had "sweep" on our minds. This game turned out to be much tougher than the last, as the Eagles stepped their play up a notch or 2. A fairly even first period saw the clubs tied at 1 a piece. The second period belonged to the Canmore Eagles, but they could not pull away from the Oilers great scoring prowlness. After the Eagles pulled ahead 4-3 with 2:46 left in the game, the Oilers crashed the Eagles net on a smart full speed dash to the goal that resulted in the puck crossing the line and tieing up the game. Goal to David Civitarese .

The overtime was very exciting, as we had a number of close in chances, and even gave the Eagles a great opportunity to win the game, but Torris stopped that attempt. But with just 9 seconds left in the first overtime period, Justin Daigle potted the winner after a give away by the Eagles. A great finish to a game we could have easily lost. The boys find ways of winning, and the momentum is at 11 wins and climbing. Good going guys. Keep it up.

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