Only 16 hours after skating off the ice after a disappointing loss in Drumheller, the Grizzlys found themselves back in the action in Calgary to face the Canucks Sunday afternoon. With a loss, the Grizz would find themselves stuck in 7th place in the South division. With a win, they would leapfrog two teams and be tied for 4th with the Canucks.
It did not take long for Olds to score – 23 seconds into the game Spencer Dorowicz opened the scoring to give the Grizzlys a 1-0 lead. Linemates Dylan Hubbs and Bart Moran were credited with the assists on the goal. Olds would follow up with another goal only 8 minutes later. This time coming from Chase Paylor with the assist going to Brandon Clowes. No other goals would be scored and the Grizzlys would head into the dressing room with a 2-0 lead.
With the Grizzlys on the powerplay in the second period they would let in another shorthanded goal to cut their lead in half (Geiger from Thorogood). But the Grizzlys would respond to the let down as Brandon Clowes notched his 11th goal in the past 11 games to retain the two goal lead. The assists went to linemates Matthew Marcinew and Mitch Owsley. The score would remain 3-1 going into the third.
Olds played a conservative third period only allowing seven shots and keeping the Canucks off the scoresheet for the remainder of the game. Grizzlys Rookie, Landon Kletke would seal the game with his first AJHL goal assisted by BJ Duffin and Jordan Lajimodiere at the 11:26 mark of the third period. Final score 4-1 for the Olds Grizzlys.
Talor Joseph was credited with the win stopping 21 of 22 shots. Olds fired 26 shots at Canucks netminders Andrew Guglielmin and Colin Cooper who split the action between the pipes. The Grizzlys finished the evening 0 for 5 with the man advantage and leading scorer, Brandon Clowes earned Player of the Game honors for the Black and Gold.
With the victory, Olds jumped to a tie for 4th place in the South Division and now only sit one point behind Camrose for third place. The Grizzlys will have a week of practice before their next game at home on Friday, November 23 against the #1 ranked team in Canada, Brooks Bandits. The following evening, Olds will have another home game against the Drayton Valley Thunder. Puck drop for each game will be 8pm. For fans looking to catch a glimpse of future AJHL players, the Grizzlys are hosting their annual Midget AA Tournament this Friday through Sunday at the Olds Sportsplex. This year features 10 teams from across Alberta. Admission to the games are free.