CANMORE, AB (October 11, 2014) – Jordan Revie scored a hat trick, and the Canmore Eagles scored three times in the second period, as they beat the Fort McMurray Oil Barons (8-6-1) by a 5-3 score on Saturday night.
For the second night in a row, the Barons drew first blood, as Trent Lofthouse (Surrey, BC) scored on the powerplay at 5:58 of the first.
But it didn’t take long for the Eagles to erase the deficit for good, as Ryley Risling evened things up 53 seconds after Lofthouse’s goal.
And 58 seconds after that, Revie’s first of the night gave Canmore a 2-1 lead.
MOB captain Jetlan Houcher (Paradise Valley, AB) came into the game with the league lead in scoring, along with an eight-game point streak.
And his hot season continued, as his 14th goal of the season tied the game at 2 with 7:58 to play in the first.
In the second, the Eagles’ powerplay began to take over the game.
Brett Schimmel scored Canmore’s third goal on the man advantage at the 7:33 mark, which continued with Revie’s second goal 1:33 later.
At the 14:31 mark, Revie completed the hat trick, along with Simon Philp picking up his third assist of the night.
But the Eagles then got into penalty trouble of their own, giving the Barons a two-man advantage with less than three minutes to play in the period.
Houcher took advantage, picking up his second of the night and cutting the Canmore lead to 5-3 after 40 minutes.
After a goal and penalty-filled second period, both teams stayed even-strength for the majority of the third, with the puck staying out of the net as well.
With just under five minutes to play, Kurt Hildebrand picked up a double minor for butt-ending Houcher, giving the Barons two last powerplay chances.
But they were unable to beat Ryan Ferguson, who made 40 saves in a winning effort.
Barons goaltender Jayden Sittler (Red Deer, AB) made 29 saves on 34 shots.
With the loss, Fort McMurray remains in second place in the North, two points ahead of Lloydminster and three points behind Spruce Grove.
Up next for the MOB, they wrap up the three-game southern road swing with a matinee against the Calgary Mustangs Sunday afternoon.
Puck drop is at 2:30, with the pre-game show underway on KAOS 91.1 at 2:15.