Despite missing a few key players due to injuries and penalties from previous games, the Eagles still managed to pull off a 4-2 win Nov. 18 at the Eckville Arena.
Eagles coach, Cale Walker, felt the Eagles’ goal tender, Travis Yonkman, was the star of the show.
“We owe it all to our goalie right now, as he holds us in there long enough to get us a chance to come back and win,” Walker said.
First period was fairly uneventful except for a couple penalties per team. It wasn’t until five minutes before the end of second period that Eagles’ Jeff Clazie slid in a goal fed off teammates Reed Watts and James Dobni.
Most of the action took place in the third period with the Pontiacs tying up the game near the beginning of the period with a goal from Denis Cardrin and assist by Dallas Desjarlais. The Pontiacs attempted to get ahead again half a minute later with another goal scored by Ty Carey with Denis Cadrin and Lucas Isley assisting.
But the Eagles were determined to take the chance offered by Yonkman’s goaltending. Half-way through the third period, Eagles’ Matt Schmermund took the puck from teammates, Devon Hobbs and Scott Doucet to tie the game again.
After that, the Eagles held onto the game. Derek Wiedmer scored the third goal with assistance from Jagger Bowles and Scott Doucet. Clazie proved to be another star of the game with the final goal scored with a little over three minutes left in the game. Teammates Brendan Lamb and Derek Wiedmer assisted Clazie’s winning goal.
Of his first year off the ice and stepping into a new role as coach, Walker wasn’t sure how coaching would sit with him.
“I didn’t know if it was going to be fulfilling like playing was but it’s been more [fulfilling],” Walker said of his first year coaching the team.
While as a player he was focused on his own contribution, Walker finds coaching challenges him even more.
“Everyone is relying on me, whereas [as a player]I [could] just go out and play my game,” he said.
Walker attributes his team with making the change manageable.
“We’ve got really good team this year so it’s been an easy transition,” he said.