Saints Fall 3-1 to Kodiaks
By: Adam Kulak
After a night to remember 24 hours ago, it would be a night to forget here in Camrose. The Saints would find the back of the net once but that would be one of the few positives in this game. The Camrose Kodiaks score a pair in the second and they take this game by a final score of 3-1.
The Saints started out quick in this game as they had multiple scoring chances in and around the net the first few minutes of this game. As the period went on, they were playing pretty good at 5v5 in terms of transitioning up ice. They were moving the puck well through the neutral zone and they were doing well in disrupting Camrose?s breakouts.
The Saints powerplay really struggled in the first and that made a big difference in the result of the period. They had four opportunities and they failed to get much going on any of them, their first powerplay was probably their best but it still wasn?t enough.
Camrose had three powerplays and they capitalized on their third chance. The puck would squeak through Matt Davis and McKenzie Welke would bang it in on the doorstep as Camrose opens the scoring in this game. That would be all the scoring in the first as the period would end with the Saints behind.
Things would start to look good for the Saints early in the second. Just 2 minutes in, Cam Mitchell on the rebound would beat Griffin Bowerman as the Saints tie this game up at 1. Things looked like they would turn around after that, but it wouldn?t take long for that hope to dash for the Saints. Camrose would get sprung on a 2 on 1 and Lynden Grandberg would feed Carson Welke as the Kodiaks would grab the lead right back just under 2 minutes later.
The Saints struggles continued throughout this game and they weren?t at their best during the middle frame tonight. Camrose would add one later in the period as Erik Miller would fire one from the slot to give the Kodiaks a 3-1 lead. Shots were 22-13 for the Saints after 40 minutes as they head into the third period in a hole.
The Saints didn?t allow another goal in the third period so that can maybe be a positive. However, when you don?t score one yourself it?s not going to matter much. The Saints couldn?t get anything going in the third period and they would end up dropping this one by a final score of 3-1 here at the Encana Arena.
It wasn?t one of the Saints best efforts, after a big win on home ice the night before, they failed to match that same performance here in Camrose. They were decent early in the first period, but things got worse and worse as the game went on.
They will have to put this game behind them and look to bounce back Tuesday night. They will head down to Drayton Valley for a matchup with the Thunder, puck drop is 7:00 PM at the Omniplex.