Yesterday in the Allan Cup, two drastically different games were played. A physical war on the floor, and a fast paced offensive show down.
The 4pm game pitted the Innisfail Eagles vs Stoney Creek Generals. For two teams that have NEVER played each other before, you could’ve sworn there was a longstanding Hatfields and Mccoys blood feud. Banging bodies early and often both teams gave no mercy as officials, goalies and nets were not out of bounds for this style of hockey.
Cam Fergus and Josh Soares led the way offensively for the Generals, Fergus scoring two goals, Soares notching two assists in their 4-1 victory over the Eagles.
Innisfail goaltender Kraymer Barnstable held up his end of the bargin for as long as possible even staying in the game after being cannonballed into the net midway through the third period. Barnstable stopped 26 of 29 in the a losing cause.
Stoney Creek’s fourth goal came with a second left on the clock into the empty net while the Lone Eagles goal was scored by ACHW MVP Shawn Bates in the first period. Goaltender Ryan de Melo stopped 35 of 36 to give the SC Generals their first win of the tournament.
The 8pm game was played between the host Lacombe Generals and the Haut-Madawaska Panthèrs. It seemed from the anxious crowd that no one was sure what kind of team the Panthérs would be.
The Lacombe Generals came flying out right from opening face-off securing four goals in the first period leaving the Panthèrs looking a little shell shocked as they were out paced the majority of the night losing races to the puck.
Haut-Madawaska did manage to swing the momentum ever so briefly their way by ramping up their physicality, but they soon found out that they couldn’t handle that type of Lacombe Generals hockey either.
Gens forward Matt Brown sealed the deal half way through the third period by literally carrying his defender from the blue line to the net scoring Lacombe’s sixth goal of the night. Panthérs fans had two goals to cheer for as Lachlan MacIntosh and Justin Bowers scored once each on Steven Stanford.
Stanford secured the Generals first win of the tournament by stopping 33 of 35 shots while Adrien Lemay made 42 saves on 48 shots in a losing effort.