Innisfail's final two regular season home games take place this Friday, January 29th and on Friday, February 5th. Both will start at 8:30 and both will be played against the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs. The Eagles (4-11-0) trail the third place Chiefs (6-8-2) by six points in the Chinook Hockey League standings.
Bow Diesel Innisfail Eagles Report - January 27th
The Eagles and the Bentley Generals played another Chinook Hockey League thriller in front of 850 fans at the Twin Arenas on Friday, January 22nd.
Bentley scored with just 1.5 seconds left in the third period to clip the Birds 4-3.
Innisfail defenceman Chris Bailer hopes it isn't the last time they battle the Generals this year.
Bailer - who is a former Olds Grizzly - had an assist on Keaton Lackton's power play goal, which helped Innisfail tie the game 3-3 with just over a minute left in regulation time.
On Saturday night, Innisfail became the first Alberta senior men's triple 'A' team to have to deal with former NHLer Ryan Smyth.
The 39 year old from Banff has come out of retirement to make a run at the Allan Cup with the Stony Plain Eagles.
Smyth had a goal and an assist in his debut at home for Stony on Saturday, January 23rd as the northern birds beat Innisfail 4-2.
The southern Eagles will get another shot at Smyth during their final regular season game in Stony Plain on Saturday, February 6th.
Listen to this week's Bow Diesel Innisfail Eagles Report with Chris Bailer.
Still with Innisfail Eagles news...
Forty of the nation's best NHL draft eligible hockey players will face off on Thursday, January 28th in Vancouver.
The annual B-M-O Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects game divides up those players and puts them on teams coached by Don Cherry and Bobby Orr.
Innisfail Eagles Head Coach Brian Sutter has accepted an invitation this year to also be behind the bench for Team Cherry.
During his first year as player in the Western Hockey League with Lethbridge in 1974-1975, Sutter had a different experience than a top prospects game. He participated in the first year of the World Junior Hockey tournament.
Sutter says he has been asked in the past to participate and is looking forward to helping the players by passing along some of his hockey knowledge.
The C-H-L's BM0 Top Prospects game does not include any members of the Red Deer Rebels, but there are a total of 13 players from the Western Hockey League.