The Tuesday, February 5th edition of the 96.5 CKFM Coach's Show with Olds Grizzlys Head Coach Joe Murphy included updates on the injury status of team Captain Matthew Kasowski, their approach to the final 10 games of the regular season, why the power play has been struggling and more.
The Olds Grizzlys could have their Captain back soon.
19 year old defenceman Matthew Kasowski from St. Albert suffered a scary injury when during a practice last November 21st he cracked a bone in his neck.
Grizzlys Head Coach Joe Murphy provides an update on Kasowski's progress.
Kasowski had 2 goals and 3 assists in 17 games prior to suffering his injury.
The Olds Grizzlys play 3 games over the course of the next 4 days.
That busy stretch starts with a trip to Camrose. Olds will then host Lloydminster on Saturday and Fort McMurray on Sunday.
Coach Murphy discusses what he hopes to see from his team this week.
With 10 games remaining in the Alberta Junior Hockey League regular season for the Olds Grizzlys are 5-42-3 and they sit 2 points back of the Calgary Canucks in the battle for the South Division's final playoff spot. The Canucks only have 9 games left and they are 7-43-1.
He explains what the mindset of the team is as they head down the stretch drive towards the post-season.
In addition to trying to make the playoffs, the Black & Gold are also trying to avoid reaching an unwanted milestone.
The lowest win total in Olds Grizzlys franchise history is 9. In 1986-1987 the Grizzlys record was 9-49-2 during the 60 game regular season.
The lowest win total in recent memory in the AJHL was the 2008-2009 Drayton Valley Thunder as they went 7-50-2-3 over the course of 62 regular season games.
A contributing factor to the lack of victories this season has been the OGs power play.
It has struggled mightily as Olds currently ranks last in the 16 team league. The Grizzlys have a success rate of just 9.63 per cent when on the PP.
Since late November it has been even tougher to score with the man advantage as they have just 2 power play goals in the last 94 chances.
Coach Murphy says they have not been respectful enough of their breakout, their zone entry, their puck retrieval and their set up.
The Grizzlys are 0 for their last 43 power play opportunities. Hunter Floris scored their last PPG back on January 5th in Fort McMurray during a 6-3 loss to the Oil Barons.
Olds will try again to get that elusive next goal with the man advantage on Thursday, February 7th in Camrose.
Listen to this week's 96.5 CKFM Coach's Show with Grizzlys Head Coach Joe Murphy