Eagles Win as Game 1 Goes the Distance

The Drumheller Dragons and Canmore Eagles needed overtime to decide a winner in Game 1 of the AJHL Playoffs.

The Eagles came out of the gate fast to open the game, pushing the pace early. Canmore displayed an efficient transition game, moving the puck quickly up the ice. They were winning board battles and establishing a cycle game that overwhelmed the Dragons early on.

Dragons goaltender, #35 Hunter Virostek, did what he could to keep his team in the game, despite an early onslaught. At one point in the first period the Eagles were outshooting the Dragons 13-3. Yet, it was the Dragons who opened the scoring, as a determined #37 Markus Boguslavsky fired a low slap-shot on net passed Eagles net-minder, #35 Thomas Davis.

The game would remain 1-0 until the third period when, with the Eagles shorthanded, #15 Quinton Ong intercepted a bouncing puck and went in on a breakaway, sliding the puck five-hole, through Virostek. Ong would register two points on the night, and drew multiple penalties throughout the game.

A questionable high hit in overtime set up a play that would result in the overtime winning goal. #23 Tian Rask threw an elbow to the head of Dragons forward, #19 Derrick Budz, which rattled the benches. Seconds later the Eagles picked up the loose puck, Ong sent a pass into the slot onto the stick of Owen Reith, who scored just 57 seconds into overtime to pick up the Game 1 win.