Though Innisfail's Cody Cartier capitalized in the early minutes of the game, two unanswered goals from Stony Plain were enough to shoot the local Eagles down mid flight and turn the game over 2-1 to the last-place team.
Assistant Captain Brody Malek said the team is becoming frustrated with the difficulty they're having finding the back of the net.
ìIt was actually a pretty good game,î he said, of the match held at the Innisfail Twin Arena. ìWe're having a tough time scoring goals right now.î
Innisfail's lone goal, assisted by Adam McPherson, came at 15:44 in the first, and wouldn't be followed up by the away team until the second period.
Brandt Middleton and Jir Prochazka got points on the Tate Locke goal for the Stony Plain Eagles at 13:52 in the middle frame.
Innisfail failed to rally before Doug Auchenbert managed the game winner.
While the hometown squad ended up in the penalty box seven times to their four, this sin bin visitation is on par with what's usual for the Eagles.
Malek said it wasn't so much that the team underestimated the Stony crew, just that they've just gotten better.
ìThe standings aren't a real good indication of how tight the league is this year,î he said. ìWe didn't treat them like a last-place team and they didn't play like a last-place team.î
The Eagles have dropped three of the last four games and know they have to step it up.
ìAs a whole team we have to be more accountable to our actions out there,î he said. ìWe've gotta do better that's all.î
"We're having a tough time scoring goals right now."Brody Malek, assistant captain