This year's edition of the Olds Grizzlys failed to buck the trend, suffering the same fate as many Grizzly teams prior, leaving Okotoks with a split despite a Game #1 Win. Here's what you need to know about Game #2 ahead of tonight's Game #3 ...
|Olds Grizzlys||@||Okotoks Oilers|
|PLAYERS OF THE GAME|
|HOME STAR||AWAY STAR|
|Olds Grizzlys at 15:23 (PP) - Christopher Gerrie (unassisted)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 2:45 - Kyle Krabben from Bennett Huber and Shane Allan|
|Okotoks Oilers at 16:52 - Matt McNair from Ambrose Firkus|
|Okotoks Oilers at 19:29 (EN) - Connor Hartley from Robbie Fisher and Tariq Hammond|
|Olds Grizzlys at 2:51 - Kyle Star for High-sticking (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 10:16 - Mitch Collett for Kneeing (2 Min.)|
|Olds Grizzlys at 18:34 - Marc Eremenko for Hooking (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 18:34 - Rhett Gardner for Goaltender interference (2 Min.)|
|Olds Grizzlys at 2:59 - Cale Brown for Roughing (2 Min.)|
|Olds Grizzlys at 5:25 - Tyler Kerner for Boarding (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 10:55 - Ambrose Firkus for High-sticking (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 13:39 - Team Penalty for Too many men on the ice (2 Min.)|
|Olds Grizzlys at 19:17 - Tyler Kerner for Unsportsmanlike conduct (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 19:17 - Drew Weich for Unsportsmanlike conduct (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 7:20 - Ty Clay for Slashing (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 12:03 - Josh Smith for Tripping (2 Min.)|
|Olds Grizzlys at 19:56 - Jordan Lajimodiere for Roughing (2 Min.)|
|Okotoks Oilers at 19:56 - Kyle Krabben for Roughing (2 Min.)|
|OLDS GRIZZLYS PLAYER STATS|
|OLDS GRIZZLYS GOALIE STATS|
|31||Ethan Jemieff (L)||59:23||40||38|
|1||Jake Tamagi (Backup)||0:00||0||0|
|OKOTOKS OILERS PLAYER STATS|
|OKOTOKS OILERS GOALIE STATS|
|31||Jared D'Amico (W)||60:00||16||15|
|29||Kyle Dumba (Backup)||0:00||0||0|
My Take on Game #2:
- Credit Okotoks who stuck to their Game Plan and took away the middle of the ice Vs Olds. The Grizzlys hovered around the boards but couldn't get much going between the dots in the Offensive Zone which against a Goalie like Jared D'Amico won't get you much. If the Grizzlys are going to have any success Vs. Okotoks in Game #3 they'll have to find a way into the middle lane. The Good News is Olds has the size to do just that as Game #1 would suggest.
- It's hard to say that the Grizzlys Power Play let them down in Game #2 when they went 1 for 5, which is an improvement over 0-3 in Game #1, but there's no denying the lack of success with the Man Advantage was a big factor in the loss. 1-1, 3rd period, anybody who's watched a second of playoff hockey know what the next goalie is more than likely going to be the game winner and the Grizzlys couldn't muster much of anything with the advantage on essentially back to back Play Plays mid-way through the period. Truth be told, Okotoks' Penalty Kill had the better of the chances.
- While the Grizzlys Power Play has hurt the team, the Penalty Kill has saved them. Shot Blocking and Sacrifice is paying off with the Grizzlys going 3 for 3 on the PK in Game #2 bring the Series Total to 10 for 11 when shorthanded. That's 90.9% against the 2nd Best Power Play in the AJHL during the regular season. Don't kid yourself though, Discipline has to remain a focus for the Grizzlys moving forward, which was much improved in Game #2 - cutting their times in the 'Sin-Bin' down by 5 occasions.
- Winning Game #2 is hard. Especially if you're the road team. The Grizzlys shouldn't be discouraged with the result as history would suggest that while they didn't succeed, they've improved:
- 2012-2013: The 7th Place Grizzlys go into Okotoks and beat the 2nd place Oilers 2-1 in the 1st Round. 24 Hours later Okotoks pumps Olds 6-1 in Game #2, scoring 4 goals in the 3rd period and going 2 for 4 on the Power Play.
- 2008-2009: The 3rd Place Grizzlys go into Okotoks and beat the 2nd place Oilers 5-2 in the 2nd Round. 24 Hours later with the Grizzlys up 3-2 after 2, the Oilers score 4 goals in the 3rd period en route to a 6-3 win.
... Point Being: Much like in Game #2 of this year, the 3rd period cost the Olds Grizzlys the Game #2 in 2 of 3 of the previous playoff match ups with Okotoks mainly because the Grizzlys were the lower seed, thusly the road team for the first two games resulting in having to travel back and forth just over 24 Hours. Fatigue, both physically and mentally takes over; it's harder to jump back up after diving to block a shot, it's harder to continue skating to finish a check, it's harder to gain position in the offensive zone. It's natural. With that said, winning game #3 becomes that much more crucial. Okotoks will travel back and forth, much like Olds had to for Games 1 & 2, for the next 2 games and winning the game tonight puts a very real scare into the Opposition.
- Finally, if you're coming tonight ... Wear White! The Grizzlys are hoping for a White-Out!