The Olds Grizzlys came away with one of a possible four points over the weekend.
The weekend started on a high note with 1123 fans filling the Olds Sportsplex for Ugly Christmas Sweater Night on Friday. The Grizzlys got off to a hot start in front of the big crowd, getting an early powerplay goal from Zafir Rawji to go up 1-0. The visiting Calgary Canucks bounced back later in the first with a powerplay goal of their own, this one off the stick of Jesse Carr. Before the first was over, the lead would go back to the Bears thanks to Sundre's own Brendan McBride. Short-handed, the defender intercepted an errant pass, entered the zone and fired one short side on Calgary netminder Connor Martin to make it 2-1 Olds after the first.
In the second, it was another case of "anything you can do, I can do better" as a the Canucks tied things up with a short-handed goal from Cole Svenson. Before the frame was over, the Grizzlys would jump out in front again. This time, it was Joel Shoemaker jumping into the play. The Crossfield product pinched in from the point, took a pass in the slot and fired home his second of the season to make it 3-2 Grizzlys.
The third period started with the Canucks tying things again on a powerplay goal from Carter Anderson. With just four minutes left to play, Olds captain Hunter Floris gave the Grizzlys their fourth lead of the game, taking a long stretch pass from Payton McDonald-Corea, barreling through a check and sending a laser past Martin to put the Black & Gold up 4-3. It looked like the Grizzlys would be able to shut the door from there but with under a minute to go, Calgary Head Coach Brad Moran called a timeout to draw up a play for his team. The plan worked out fantastically for the visitors as a point shot was tipped past Duncan Hughes off the stick of Max Mazur, forcing overtime.
In the extra frame, it took all of 22 seconds for the Canucks to walk away with the victory. Once again, the Canucks benefited from a tipped point shot, this one going in off the stick of Jesse Carr.
Grizzlys captain Hunter Floris says it was a game that got away.
The team's powerplay struggles continued in the loss, going 1 for 8 and failing to convert on a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities. Floris says their special teams need to improve if they want to start gaining victories.
On Saturday, the Grizzlys dropped a 4-2 decision on the road in Sherwood Park. Floris scored in both games over the weekend, bringing his team-leading goal total to 12. He scored 15 as a rookie last season. Next up for the Grizzlys is a date with the Bonnyville Pontiacs on Tuesday night at the Sportsplex. Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm.
Here's a look at the highlights from Friday night's loss.
The Grizzlys came up short in overtime last night, falling 5-4 to the Calgary Canucks. Check out the highlights!Posted by 96.5 CKFM - All Hit Country on Saturday, November 23, 2019