Here We Go Again ...

 

For the 3rd year in a row and for the 4th time in 6 years the Olds Grizzlys will face-off against the Okotoks Oilers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Postseason. The playoff past between these two teams favors the ‘Black & Gold’ but after last year’s 1st Round defeat to the Oilers, anything prior is ancient history.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s match-up ...

... but before we get into that, take a minute to enjoy some of the Regular Season Highlights as heard on 96.5 CKfm.

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Now the Playoffs!

REGULAR SEASON RECORDS:
OKOTOKS OILERS:
36 W - 19 L - 5 OTL = 77 POINTS; 2nd in South Division
Goals For: 189 – 3rd in South Division
Goals Against: 152 – 2nd in South Division
Power Play: 22.8% - 2nd in AJHL
Penalty Kill: 83.3% - 8th in AJHL  

OLDS GRIZZLYS:
21 W – 30 L – 9 OTL = 51 POINTS; 7th in South Division
Goals For: 156 – Last in South Division
Goals Against: 205 – 6th in South Division
Power Play: 17.6% - 9th in AJHL
Penalty Kill: 79.4% - 13th in AJHL

REGULAR SEASON HEAD TO HEAD RECORDS:
The Okotoks Oilers dominated the 2013-14 Regular Season series vs. the Olds Grizzlys 5 games to 1.

September 13th 2013  @ Okotoks; Oilers 5, Grizzlys 3
November 1st 2013 @ Okotoks; Oilers 5, Grizzlys 2

November 2nd 2013 @ Olds; Grizzlys 6, Oilers 2
January 7th 2014 @ Olds; Oilers 5, Grizzlys 3
February 11th 2014 @ Olds; Oilers 6, Grizzlys 2
February 21st 2014 @ Okotoks; Oilers 4, Grizzlys 2

REGULAR SEASON SERIES STAT LINE:
OKOTOKS GOALS FOR VS OLDS: 28 (Avg. 4.6 per Game)    
OLDS GOALS FOR VS OKOTOKS: 18 (Avg. 3 per Game)

OKOTOKS POWER PLAY VS OLDS: 12 for 29 = 41.3% (Avg. 2 PPG per Game) ; PENALTY KILL VS OLDS: 79.1% (Avg. .83 PPGA per Game)
OLDS POWER PLAY VS OKOTOKS: 5 for 24 = 20.8% (Avg. .83 PPG per Game) ; PENALTY KILL VS OKOTOKS: 58.6% (Avg. PPGA 2 per Game)

OKOTOKS REGULAR SEASON LEADING SCORERS:
Hartley: 9 points - 4 goals
Firkus: 8 points - 3 goals
Edwardh: 8 points - 3 goals
Clay: 7 points - 3 goals
Hammond: 6 points - 2 goals

OLDS REGULAR SEASON LEADING SCORERS:
Dorowicz: 8 points - 3 goals
Gerrie: 7 points - 4 goals
Star: 5 points - 2 goals
Kernahan: 5 points - 2 goals
Duffin: 4 points - 1 goal

OKOTOKS REGULAR SEASON GOALIE STATS:
D Amico: 4 Wins – 0 Losses, .918 SV%
Williams: 1 Win – 1 Loss, .830 SV%

OLDS REGULAR SEASON GOALIE STATS:
Jemieff: 1 Win – 4 Losses, .865 SV%
Tamagi: 0 Win – 1 Losses – 2 Relief Appearances, .843 SV%

KEYS TO SERIES FOR THE OLDS GRIZZLYS:
1)    The Olds Grizzlys have a distinct size advantage over the Okotoks Oilers (Grizzlys AVG. Height: 6’0” ; AVG. Weight 184.2lbs --- Okotoks AVG. Height: 5’10” ; AVG. Weight 174.5lbs) and will need to employ a relentless forcheck and use that size to win the board battles.


2)    Disciplined Approach. The Grizzlys will need to find a way to use the aforementioned size while staying out of the penalty box … Okotoks had the 2nd best power play in the AJHL during the regular season but preformed even better with the man advantage versus the Grizzlys scoring an average of 2 power play goals per game in the 6 games during the regular season while clicking at 41.3%.


3)    The 3 C’s: Consistency, Compete and Confidence.

PLAYOFF HISTORY
This will mark the 3rd playoff meeting between the Grizzlys and the Oilers in the last years and 4th meeting in the last 6 years. History favors the Grizzlys in the second-season with the Black & Gold sporting a 2 series-to-1 lead but the Grizzlys’ series wins came in the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Second-Round, a Best-of-7 affair while it’s the Oilers who sport a 1-0 record VS Olds in the AJHL’s Best-of-5 First-Round. That series came last year, where the Oilers bounced the Grizzlys in 5 games.

Interesting Note: The Olds Grizzlys, who much like this year finished 7th in the South, forced a 5th and deciding game against the Oilers, who again much like this year finished 2nd in the South without winning a single game vs. the Oilers during the regular season in 2012-13.

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

Grizzlys Head Coach Brett Hopfe’s Playoff Record is impressive considering he’s been at the helm of a Grizzlys who have finished 6th Place (half-season) and a 7th Place in the South Division during his tenure: 9 – 10.

While the Oilers will still be a formidable foe in this year’s 1st Round Match Up, the Olds Grizzlys won’t have to deal with arguably the best player in the AJHL this year … Chris Collins picked up 8 points in 5 games VS the Olds Grizzlys in last year’s post-season.

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