Despite the three goals from leading scorer Brandon Clowes and five goals in total for the Grizz, it was not enough as the Kodiaks defeated Olds 6-5 in front of 678 people at the Olds Sportsplex Friday night. The loss brings the total to 6 in a row on their current skid.
The Grizzlys came out of the gate swinging, potting three goals in the first ten minutes. The first on the powerplay Spencer Dorowicz from Bart Moran and Blair Oneschuk. Then Clowes scored the next two – the first unassisted and the second with helpers from Dylan Hubbs and Tanner Dunkle. Camorose countered with one of their own on the powerplay only to have Bart Moran respond to retain the three goal lead with assists going to Sean Davies and Oneschuk. Camrose scored two more times – one on the penalty kill and one on the powerplay to finish off the hectic first period with the Grizz leading 4-3.
Camrose were the first to strike in the second period to tie the game up at four’s. Clowes then potted his hat trick half way through the second on a short handed marker from Moran and Matt Hanger. Camrose responded once again on the power play less than a minute later to even it up at five going into the third period.
The third seen the Grizzlys outshoot the Kodiaks 14-5 but Camrose scored with 8.5 minutes left to take their first lead of the game. The goal would stand as the game winner seeing the Kodiaks skate away with the 6-5 victory.
Shots for the game were fairly even at 27-26 in favor of Camrose. Once again, special teams played a factor with the Grizzlys going 1 for 5 with the man advantage while the Kodiaks finished 3 for 7. Clowes earned Player of the Game for Olds and Luc Vandale picked up honors for Camrose.
The Grizzlys hit the road this Tuesday against Drumheller – a game that is played in Hanna. Olds next home game is Nov. 10 against the relocated Whitecourt Wolverines.