Oilers winning streak reaches five
Hockey: Overtime win in Camrose keeps unbeaten run alive
By: By Remy Greer
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 06:00 am
You can’t fault the Okotoks Oilers’ creativity in finding unique and unusual ways to win games.
John Edwardh’s marker 59 seconds into overtime gave Okotoks a 4-3 win Saturday night over the Camrose Kodiaks to extend the Oilers’ winning streak to five games a night after almost giving away a win.
“I don’t think we’ve made a solid, consistent, 60-minute game yet,” Edwardh said. “But I think it’s a testament to the group of guys we have that we still have a five-game winning streak.”
The second-year forward has made a home away from home in Camrose, the site of his breakout hat-trick performance and dominant second-round series last season.
“They’re obviously a big rival of Okotoks so it’s easy to get up for those games,” Edwardh said. “I’ve always thought big players show up in big games and I want to be a big player so I try to show up in the biggest games of the year.”
Okotoks’ Ty Clay opened the scoring against his former team with Kodiak Josh Smith answering back quickly to make it a 1-1 game after 20 minutes.
Following a scoreless second period, both teams exchanged leads in the third.
Braeden Salverda gave Okotoks a brief 2-1 advantage before Kodiaks Ryker Leer and Jody Sick scored in quick succession.
Okotoks captain Robbie Fisher sent the game to overtime with a late powerplay marker to set the stage for the overtime heroics.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Okotoks found a way to win in a back-and-forth 6-4 result over the visiting Calgary Canucks.
Clay got the Oilers off to a dream start when his top-corner snipe beat Canuck goalie Colin Cooper just 15 seconds after the opening face-off.
Okotoks continued to pepper the Calgary goal and Jordan Swenson’s well placed low outside shot doubled the host’s lead midway through the frame.
Following an epic shift doing battle with Calgary’s Gianni Mangone, Mitch Collett fought the puck to the front of the net and the rebound trickled to Spencer Kryczka for a tap-in and commanding 3-0 lead through one period.
Okotoks carried its dominance into the second period when sparkplug winger Braeden Salverda wrapped around a loose puck into the back of the net.
Calgary clawed its way back on the man-advantage through Trent Geiger and just 16 seconds later Michael Janz got in on the act to cut the lead to 4-2.
A bad-to-the-bone communication breakdown between Swenson and Max Mowat allowed Calgary’s Derek Thorogood in all alone to cut the lead to one.
Calgary continued the unbelievable comeback when Geiger buried his second of the period on the powerplay due to a Kryczka slashing minor.
Fresh out of the penalty box, Kryczka made amends almost immediately when he tipped in a feed from Collett into the top-corner for his team leading seventh goal of the season.
Okotoks held off the Canucks through the third period before Swenson beat the final buzzer with an empty net marker with one second on the clock.
The five-game run has the Oilers (7-2-1) nipping at the heels of the division leaders as Okotoks sits just three points back of the Brooks Bandits (9-1-0).
The Oilers are home again this weekend for back-to-back dates at Pason Centennial Arena. Okotoks and Camrose renew their rivalry on Saturday night at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Oilers get another crack at the Bonnyville Pontiacs, one of three teams to defeat Okotoks this year. Puck-drop is 4:15 p.m.
For the first time this season the Okotoks Oilers have been named with some exclusive company.
Okotoks made its debut on the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s (CJHL) weekly Top 20 rankings at the 17th spot, as per a CJHL release on Monday.
The undefeated Fort McMurray Oil Barons maintained their number-one ranking, while the defending RBC Cup champion Brooks Bandits moved up to the number three spot.
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