One Done on to the Next One.

The Olds Grizzlys flipped the Script on the Okotoks Oilers on Wednesday, exactly one year late to the day, with a 5-1 Elimination Win. On March 12th 2013, the Olds Grizzlys were ousted from the playoffs at the hands of the Oilers after a 5-1 loss …

Here are the Series Highlights as heard on 96.5 CK-fm.

Audio Link

SERIES RECAP

  • Physicality was a key factor in the Olds Grizzlys Series win. Olds’ relenting forecheck eventually forced the Oilers into costly turnovers behind their own net. By the 3rd period of Game 4 in Olds it was clear Okotoks had no interest in pursuing pucks that would result in being hit and as a direct result the Grizzlys outscored Okotoks 11-3 in Games 4 & 5.

 

  • You can’t say enough about the ‘AAA’ Red Deer Optimist Chiefs Alumni in this series. As mentioned earlier, Chiefs Head Coach Doug Quinn (who’s won back-to-back National Telus Cup Championships) coaches his kids to Be Big in Big Moments.

20

BJ Duffin

02/17/94

F

5

4

3

7

1.4

0

0

1

2

37

Ty Mappin

01/25/96

F

5

2

3

5

1.0

0

0

1

6

47

Austin Kernahan

06/01/94

F

5

0

5

5

1.0

0

0

0

6

12

Kyle Moore

09/14/94

F

5

3

1

4

0.8

0

1

0

12

23

Dustin Gorgi

02/25/95

F

5

2

2

4

0.8

1

0

0

2

21

Kyle Star

04/13/95

F

5

1

3

4

0.8

0

0

1

4

9

Christopher Gerrie

05/07/96

F

5

2

1

3

0.6

1

0

0

0

25

Jack Goranson

06/25/95

F

5

2

1

3

0.6

2

0

0

2

4

Jordan Lajimodiere

02/24/94

D

5

1

0

1

0.2

0

0

0

4

11

Landon Kletke

01/16/95

F

2

1

0

1

0.5

0

0

0

2

15

Spencer Dorowicz

08/04/93

F

5

0

1

1

0.2

0

0

0

2

7

Nikolas Koberstein

01/19/96

D

5

0

1

1

0.2

0

0

0

4

2

Lukas Pollock

05/24/95

D

5

0

1

1

0.2

0

0

0

0

3

Taylor Bilyk

01/03/93

D

4

0

1

1

0.3

0

0

0

0

16

Marc Eremenko

07/12/94

D

4

0

1

1

0.3

0

0

0

4

10

Tyler Kerner

04/06/93

F

5

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

4

17

Chaydan Lauber

02/05/97

D

5

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

11

19

Reid Wilson

07/08/94

F

5

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

2

26

Cale Brown

12/18/96

D

3

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

4

8

Jesse Freeborn

01/12/97

D

1

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

24

Derrick Morrell

09/22/95

F

1

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

 

  • Another gigantic factor in the 1st Round Series Win was Special Teams. The Grizzlys Penalty Kill was sensational allowing only 2 Power Play Goals Against on 24 of Okotoks’ Opportunities, good for 91.67% (a 12.23% improvement over the regular season) and 2nd in the AJHL’s 1st Round. Canmore’s PK ranked 1st at 92.31% but the Eagles were short-handed 11 fewer times. On the other side of the ledger the Grizzlys Power Play went 4 for 21 or 19.05%, a 2% improvement over the regular season.

 

  • Ethan Jemieff was nothing less to remarkable in the 1st Round boasting a South Division best .941 SV% and while facing an AJHL playoff high 174 Shots. A sequence of saves especially comes to mind in Game #5 with the Grizzlys up 2-1 in the 3rd Period where Jemieff made 2 incredible saves on John Edwardh followed by a sensational poke check … not only did he make several gigantic saves, but he made several gigantic saves at Key Moments.

 

ON TO BROOKS

 

  • The Olds Grizzlys didn’t find much success Vs. the Brooks Bandits in the Regular Season winning just one game out of 6 – a 3-2 OT Victory in Brooks on December 20th. The good news is that while the Grizzlys Regular Season winning percentage doesn’t inspire much optimism, Olds managed to get past Okotoks – again a team that the Grizzlys managed only one regular season win against. Another glimmer of hope for the Grizzlys based on Regular Season Match-Ups is that while Brooks outscored Olds 24 to 12, Olds’ best efforts against Brooks came at the end of the Season, winning 1 of 3 in last half and falling 5-3 and 3-1 during a home and home set in mid-February.

 

  • The Grizzlys are without a doubt up against a formidable foe in the Bandits … last year’s National RBC Cup Champions but this isn’t last year’s Championship team. 11 Players who won the Canada’s Top Junior ‘A’ prize last May are not on this year’s team including; RJ Reed (15 points in 17 Playoff Games), Taylor Makin (16 points in 17 Playoff Games) & most notably, Cam Maclise. It’s been proven that Maclise isn’t one of those players you can just up and replace in the off-season, Maclise scored 83 points in the Regular Season, added 19 more in the playoffs and was named Canada’s Top Junior ‘A’ Player … and without him in the line up the Bandits took a small but noticeable step back this year. (53-4-3 = 109 points in 2012-13 …. 39-13-8 = 86 points this season)

Comments

Add a comment

Log in to the club or enter your details below.

Recently Played