Rookie Noah Hackett had a night to remember for the Olds Grizzlys.
The Grizz were back at home on Tuesday after a hard-fought 4-2 loss Saturday night in Sherwood Park that ran their losing streak to seven straight. Things wouldn't get off to the best start for the Black & Gold in this one either. Just 3:44 into the first, Bonnyville's Matthew McKim would bang a rebound past Duncan Hughes, giving the Pontiacs the early 1-0 edge. Midway through the frame, Logan Bromhead found Josh McNeil in front and the second-year Grizzly put on top corner, tying things at 1-1.
It stayed 1-1 until late in the second period when the Grizzlys struggling power play sprang to life. Tyler Pang kept a clearing attempt in at the blue line, then fed Bryce Osepchuk with a pass and he gripped it and ripped it, blasting a slap shot past Pontiac netminder Noah Amundson to give Olds the 2-1 lead. Just over a minute later, Noah Hackett's big night began. Hoon Kim sprang him on a breakway with a nice pass and in alone, Hackett buried one to put the Grizzlys up 3-1 going into the third.
2:30 into the final frame, Hackett struck again. This time, he re-directed a centering pass from Tyler Pang, stretching the Grizzlys lead to 4-1. The power play came through again midway through the period. Zafir Rawji's point shot was stopped but the rebound went right to Hackett and he banged it home, giving him his first career AJHL hat-trick. The Pontiacs would answer with a short-handed goal from Daine Dubois but Hackett's big night wasn't done. Deep in his own end, he blocked a shot and then won the race to the puck, earning himself another breakaway opportunity. He slipped this one underneath Amundson, giving him a four goal night and giving Olds a 6-2 lead. Bonnyville would add one late but the Grizzlys held on for the 6-3 win, improving their record to 6-15-4. That's good for 16 points and a seven-point lead on the Canucks for the last playoff spot in the South Division.
The Grizz will have a chance to extend that lead when Calgary comes to town this Friday night. Puck drop is set for 7:00 pm.
It was big night for the Olds Grizzlys and for rookie Noah Hackett. Check it out!Posted by 96.5 CKFM - All Hit Country on Tuesday, November 26, 2019
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