EAGLES HOCKEY - Chance Abbott looks to help the Eagles notch two wins against Slave Lake this weekend. -

EAGLES HOCKEY - Chance Abbott looks to help the Eagles notch two wins against Slave Lake this weekend. -

Eagles conquer ‘the mountain’

The senior ‘AA’ Eckville Eagles can sleep soundly after a resounding 7-2 victory over the Rocky Mountain House Rams.

The senior ‘AA’ Eckville Eagles can sleep soundly after a resounding 7-2 victory over the Rocky Mountain House Rams.

The Eagles shook off a slow first two periods where the game was still a close 2-1 game. The Eagles rallied to notch five goals in the closing period to bring the Eagles back to a .500 record at 4-4.

Defensemen and General Manager for the Eagles, Reed Watts felt the team was in control of the game throughout the night.

“It was only a 2-1 game going into the third, but we were more then doubling their shots,” he said. “Shots aren’t always indicative of the game but they do show possession. We felt we were dominating and we owned the puck.”

The Eagles dominated the shots count 62-33. Watts was pleased for the Eagles to finally have the breakout game he knew they were capable of.

“Rocky has really improved from last year but we finally found our stride,” he said. “It’s definitely a monkey off the back finally popping more than three or four goals. We are coming home to play Slave Lake and we feel like we will finally get that win in front of the home crowd.”

The Eagles play two home games this weekend with the first puck drop taking place on Saturday, November 19 at 8:30 p.m., and the second game going on Sunday, November 20 at 3:30 p.m. Both games will be at the Eckville arena and the Eagles will be finally unveiling their new Eagles jerseys. Watts said he is thrilled for the reveal after having started the season playing in their old jerseys from when the team was still based out of Big Valley.

Watts said the Eagles are looking for two victories in front of the home crowd.

“We obviously can’t take anyone lightly,” he said. “Slave hasn’t had much luck this year they have been short handed almost every weekend. For us this weekend, I’m expecting we will have 30 bodies. We will dress our best line up and it is a chance for us to get two games up.”

Watts is looking for large crowds this weekend, especially on Sunday, with the game being at a matinee time.

“It is cheap family entertainment and it is close to home,” he said, adding that the cost of the game is $5 for an adult and free for kids under 12 years old.

“We have had these four games penciled as an opportunity to go 4-0,” Watts said. We really need to take advantage of it.”

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