Generals and Innisfail Eagles kick off ACHW playoffs with win

The Allan Cup Hockey West playoffs got off to a wild start Saturday.

In Lacombe, the Generals just managed to edge the Stony Plain Eagles 4-3 in Game 1.

Steven Phee scored an empty-net goal for the Generals with 62 seconds left in the game, but with just 49 ticks remaining, Branden Baumgartner buried for the Eagles to cut the deficit.

Phee also opened the scoring in the first period.

Blake Grainger responded for Stony Plain in the second before Keenan Desmet notched a power play tally to re-establish the advantage.

In the third, the Eagles tied the game at two but Kyle Stroh scored another Generals power play goal at 9:08 of the third.

Evan Oberg also added two assists and Tyler Weiman stopped 33 shots for the Generals in the win.

Game 2 goes Wednesday night in Stony Plain, with game 3 set for Friday in Lacombe at 8 p.m.

In Rosetown, the Innisfail Eagles pushed past the host Red Wings 7-5 in Game 1.

Allan York was stellar in net with 35 saves and Tyler Beechy played hero with the hat trick for Innisfail.

Rosetown jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period, but the Eagles responded with a pair late and trailed 4-2 after 20. Chris Baller and Michael Desjarlais had goals for Innisfail.

Beechy scored his first of the game shorthanded in the second before Ty Clay gave Innisfail its first lead of the night.

In the third, Beechy buried on the power play and Shawn Bates added a goal at 13:51. Beechy added an empty net goal to secure the win.

The Eagles took a 2-0 series lead Sunday, with a 4-3 win in Rosetown.

Innisfail held a 2-0 advantage early in the second period but the home side bounced back with a pair of tallies to tie the game after 40.

Rosetown’s Cameron Blair buried at 6:04 of the third and they owned a 3-2 lead until the final two minutes of the contest.

Desjarlais scored to tie the game then with 56 seconds left Brett O’Malley found the mark on the power play to give Innisfail a decisive lead in the series. Colton Hayes, Joe Vandermeer and Ty Clay all had two assists in the win.

Allen York turned aside 29 saves for his second win of the series.

Game 3 is set for Feb. 16 in Innisfail and Game 4 if necessary is Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. in Innisfail.

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