Thus far during the 2015-2016 AJHL season it has been crucial for the Black & Gold to find the back of the net on the power play. That is particularly apparent in October where in the Grizzlys 4 losses they are 0/16 with the man advantage, while they have collected points - 2 wins, an overtime loss and a shootout loss - in the other 4 games when their power play has clicked at a rate of 56.25% (9/16).
Power Play Goals Critical To Grizzlys Success
The Olds Grizzlys power play was operating at just 11.77% in September, but in October it has jumped up to an efficiency rate of over 28%.
Grizzlys Head Coach Dana Lattery says they made some personnel adjustments to the power play unit, plus went over some NHL tape to show their players the type of work ethic necessary for success.
So far this season, if the Grizzlys do not score a power play goal they have an 0-8-0 record. However, when Olds does get a power play goal the local AJHL club has 4 wins, only 1 loss, plus 2 overtime or shootout defeats.
On their recent 4 game homestand the Grizzlys had one win, two losses and a shootout defeat. An average of 515 fans attended each of those AJHL contests at the SportsComplex. It included a 6-3 loss to Whitecourt on October 16th, a 4-2 win over Fort McMurray on October 17th and a 5-zip defeat to the South Division leading Camrose Kodiaks on October 20th.
Grizzlys Head Coach Dana Lattery was particularly proud of the battles won by his team and the effort shown during an exciting 4-3 shootout defeat versus Drumheller on October 24th.
The Black & Gold will play their next 4 games on the road. First up is a stop in Calgary on Tuesday, October 27th to clash with the Canucks.
For the season the Grizzlys have a record of 4-9-2 to sit in a tie for 6th in the AJHL's South Division with the Calgary Mustangs. However, Olds has played 4 fewer games than the 'Stangs. Monday's lone AJHL contest saw Brooks outscore the Mustangs 7-2 in Calgary.
Listen to 96.5 CKFM's entire post-homestand conversation with Grizzlys Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations Dana Lattery.