Stony Plain Eagles strike back at Lacombe Generals in gritty Game 2

Stony Plain Eagles forward Dillon Wagner battles Lacombe Generals defenceman Doug Jessey during Game 2 of the Allan Cup Hockey West semifinal series, Wednesday, at the Glenn Hall Arena in Stony Plain. The Eagles won 3-0 to tie the series 1-1 Photo By Josh Thomas, Reporter/Examiner staff

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Series tied.

The Stony Plain Eagles defeated the Lacombe Generals 3-0 in Game 2 of the Allan Cup Hockey West semifinal on Wednesday.

“Every guy top to bottom tonight just did what was asked of them. It was an awesome effort, and the result was there. When we play that way we can be successful,” said head coach Mike Tavaroli.

Eagles forward Matt Stefanishion scored the only goal through 40 minutes, thanks in large part to the play of goaltender Kevin Nashuk.

Early in the third, Jordan Hoffman extended the lead to 2-0 with a shot that found the top corner from just above the face-off circle. Kyle Harris provided the insurance marker with 5:21 to go.

“He’s so calm in there. We have confidence that he’s going to make the stops we need. We were short for half of the second period and he was like a brick wall back there,” said Tavaroli.

With the decision all but in the books, the rough stuff began. Players were continuing well after the whistle, resulting in game misconducts to both teams. Generals Kyle Ross, Brennan Evans, Adam Huxley and Stephen Phee were all kicked out, while Stony Plain lost Zack Macarthur and Ryan Benn.

Nashuk stopped the remaining five shots he faced in the third to complete a 30 save shutout performance. Tyler Wiemen made 24 saves on 27 shots for Lacombe in the loss.

“It was a really good effort for the whole team. Even before I came, we haven’t won in a while, so it was good to get a win and hopefully we can keep it going moving forward,” said Nashuk.

Up next the two teams head back to Lacombe for Game 3 on Friday. Puck drop is at 8 P.M. Game 4 is Saturday at the Glenn Hall Centennial Arena in Stony Plain at 7:30 p.m.

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