Justin Cox and Brett O’Malley celebrate an Innisfail Eagles goal in the first period against the Stoney Creek Generals in the 2019 Allan Cup semifinal in Lacombe. (Photo by BYRON HACKETT/Advocate Staff)

Innisfail Eagles and Stony Plain Eagles announce shortened Senior AAA schedule

Two teams will play a condensed eight-game schedule

The lone teams remaining in Senior AAA hockey in Alberta announced their schedule on Tuesday.

Dubbed “The Battle of the Birds”, the Innisfail Eagles will take on the Stony Plain Eagles eight times this winter, with the first matchup set for Stony Plain on Nov. 23.

The first game in Innisfail is set for Nov. 30, with puck drop at 8:15 p.m. Other game dates are Dec. 7 (Stony Plain, 7:30 p.m.), Dec. 21 (Innisfail, 8:15 p.m.), Jan. 11 (Stony Plain, 7:30 p.m.), Jan. 18 (Innisfail, 8:15 p.m.), Jan. 25 (Stony Plain), 7:30 p.m.), and Feb. 1 (Innisfail, 8:15 p.m.).

With the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, Rosetown Red Wings and Lacombe Generals all leaving the Allan Cup Hockey West, it’s only the pair of Eagles that remain in the Senior AAA loop provincially. Both the Chiefs and the Lacombe group are playing in the Senior AA North Senior Central Hockey League.

The Eagles in Innisfail will carry on a rich tradition of hockey history with another season. They have been in existence for 72 years and last year were finalists at the Allan Cup in Lacombe.

The 2020 Senior AAA National Championship, better known as the Allan Cup will be played in Ontario in Hamilton and Dundas in April.



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