Hosts fit to be tied

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

STONY PLAIN -- They wanted to be the hosts with the most.

Goals, that is.

But in a game as evenly-matched as it gets - 1-1 after one period, 2-2 after two periods and 3-3 after three periods and overtime - the Stony Plain Eagles had to settle for a draw with the Whitby Dunlops in their opening game of the 2007 Allan Cup.

"We haven't played in a month, since losing out to Bentley, so we're really happy with that," said head coach Craig Goebel, whose club had goals from Dylan Dellezay, Rob Sklaruk and Russ Hewson. "We still control our own destiny. We can still shoot for the first bye."

The host Eagles, playing in front of a jam-packed, home-town crowd, shook off the rust and the nerves, to keep it close, them pulled out the draw on Hewson's goal with 1:47 left in regulation.

"We had a couple of power plays late and couldn't generate anything, the ice was pretty heavy," said Goebel. "So that was a huge goal; that line has done that for us all year. Perfect timing."

Dale Junkin, Brent Gaylor and Justin Cardwell scored for Whitby.

- In the tournament opener, the Lloydminster Border Kings captured the early momentum and opened the scoring on the power play (Scott Hood's power play goal at 4:56), before the Bentley Generals rallied back for a 4-1 decision.

The tide turned for good when Jim Lawrence scored for Bentley when the Generals were two men short late in the first period.

Travis Stephensen, Lyle Steenbergen and Kevin Smyth rounded out the Bentley attack.

"We weren't anywhere near what we can be, nowhere near," said head coach Brian Sutter. "But we got better as the game went on. We made some adjustments in the second period and scored two big goals.

"It wasn't our best effort, but it wasn't for lack of trying."

The tournament resumes today with Halifax taking on Bentley in the 4:30 game and Shawinigan versus Whitby in the 8 p.m. start.


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