The Lakeland Eagles of the North Peace Hockey League continued to reap the rewards of hard work last week, earning a tie and a win in regular season action.
Lakeland’s first action last weekend saw the club blow a 6-2, second period lead in front of their home town fans against the visiting Grimshaw Huskies.
The Eagles got off to a good start in the game, building up a comfortable 2-0 lead by the eight-minute mark on goals by Johnny Norman and Travis Chalifoux.
Grimshaw pulled to within one goal at the 10:31 mark and followed that up with the equalizer just under three minutes later while on the power-play.
Lakeland, however, bounced right back in the final five minutes of play and was rewarded with a pair of goals, one from Travis Cunningham and another from Joey Anderson with 12 seconds left on the ticker to jump in front 4-2.
The Eagles began the middle frame right where they left off at the end of the first period.
Rockson Yoo gave his club a three-goal edge at 8:32 and Junior Anderson padded the Eagles’ lead with a power-play marker at 15:13 to make it a 6-2 game.
But that’s when the defensive meltdown began for Lakeland as a determined Huskies club nibbled away at the lead.
Grimshaw scored twice within a span of 40 seconds in the final four minutes of the second period to pull within two goals of the high-flying Eagles.
And it didn’t end there.
The Huskies took advantage of an Eagles squad that literally fell asleep in the final 20 minutes of the game and it cost them big time as Grimshaw banged home three consecutive goals in the first seven minutes to take a 7-6 lead.
Kelly Cunningham knotted things up less than 12 seconds later, but it was all for not as the Huskies returned the favour with just over five minutes remaining on the clock to re-establish a one-goal edge in the scoring department.
It stayed that way until the final minute of play when Kevin Clemens scored the equalizer for Lakeland to sent the game into overtime.
The 10-minute extra frame, however, solved nothing as the two clubs settled for a draw.
From there, the Eagles hit the highway and headed south to Valleyview where they would continue to show their dominance over the hapless Jets following an 11-3 spanking.
Lakeland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period before opening up the flood gates in the middle frame with five more goals to take a 8-1 into the dressing room after 40 minutes.
The Jets scored the deuce in the third period but it wasn’t nearly enough as the Eagles found the back of the net three more times for the win.
Leading the way in the scoring department was Jay Anderson and Junior Anderson with the natural hat trick.
James Tallman also proved to be a significant factor in the game with a pair of goals and three helpers, while singles went to Craig Anderson and Travis Chalifoux and D.J. McDonald.
It was the Eagles 26th straight win over Valleyview, dating back to Feb. 1, 1996.
Lakeland hosted Grande Prairie Feb. 3 and High Prairie Feb. 6 before travelling to Grimshaw Feb. 8, followed by Fairview two nights later on Feb. 10.