For the first time this season, the Squamish Eagles midget rep hockey club stumbled on home ice.
The Eagles dropped a 3-1 decision to the visiting Mission Stars on Sunday (Dec. 2) and never really got their game going until late in the third period.
“We only had 10 skaters today and were a little unlucky early on,” said Eagles head coach Tony Mahood, who pointed out that Squamish hit three goal posts in the game. “The guys seemed a little tired today but overall I’d say it was a good effort.”
Squamish fell behind early and had difficulty beating the Stars’ goalie in the first two periods. Mission’s defence was also strong, limiting the Eagles’ chances and relegating Squamish to long-distance and poor-angle shots.
The Eagles found themselves in penalty trouble in the third period and fell behind 2-0 after failing to kill off a double minor. Squamish’s Tak Gray had a glorious opportunity to help the Eagles move within one when he broke free from the Mission defence and went in alone at the 11-minute mark but the Stars goalie kept the shutout alive with a key stop. Seventeen seconds later, the Stars went up 3-0 to put a stranglehold on the game.
The final five minutes saw the Eagles make a late push, applying its greatest offensive pressure of the night. Mahood moved regular forward Isshin Chiyasu to defence for an extra offensive punch and it paid off when Mason Moberg scored with 4:20 to go in the game. Squamish eventually pulled goalkeeper Chase MacDougall with 35 seconds to go but couldn’t cut the lead anymore and lost 3-1.
Squamish’s record dropped to two wins, two losses and one tie in league play. The Eagles will next take on Semiahmoo in White Rock on Thursday (Dec. 6) and the return home on Sunday (Dec. 9) for their regular 6 p.m. tilt.
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