Wolverines beat Bisons 5-1 in provincial final
Hockey: Okotoks takes silver medal at Junior B tournament
Sunday, Apr 08, 2012 08:33 pm
The Okotoks Bisons had to settle for the silver medal after suffering their second defeat in four days to the eventual Junior B provincial champion Whitecourt Wolverines.
Whitecourt won the lopsided gold medal match by a 5-1 margin in front of a packed house at the Murray Arena in Okotoks on April 8.
The Bisons had a promising opening eight minutes in which Wolverine standout Nicholas Bourgeois received a game misconduct 31 seconds into the game and the Bisons were gifted a number of opportunities on the man-advantage.
A dogged Wolverine penalty-kill kept the game scoreless before the North West Junior Hockey League champions’ high-powered offence kicked in. Whitecourt scored two goals in 42 seconds in the middle of the first period on tallies from Samuel Lauzon and William Plourde. The Wolverines savage attack wouldn’t let up as they made it a three-goal cushion with 4:19 on the clock on Plourde’s second of the period. A scoreless second period was marked by undisciplined play by both teams with the Wolverines keeping the Bisons from sustained periods in the offensive zone.
Just over two minutes into the final frame the Wolverines added another insurance marker when Jean-Marco St. Pierre sniped a wrist shot past Bisons’ goalie Tyler Hughes. Okotoks’ forward Phil Dillon would get the Bisons on the board with a beautiful breakaway goal, but an empty net tally from Wolverine sniper William Cloutier put the game to bed.
The Wolverines went undefeated with a 4-0-1 record in the provincial tournament and won their first provincial title after coming up on the wrong end of the scoreline in the final in two of the past three seasons.
In the bronze medal game, the Edmonton Royals edged the Calgary Royals 5-4.
Check out the April 11 issue of the Western Wheel for the full story on the Junior B provincial tournament.