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Bisons Sweep Weekend Aginst Top Teams In The North
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Bisons sweep the top two teams in the HJHL North division this weekend.
On Saturday it was the Devin Reagan show as the Bison netminder made 49 saves to help the Bisons edge the Red Deer Vipers 4-3.
Red Deer came out on fire and outshot Okotoks 4-0 but an early power play would give Okotoks a chance to take the lead, and they would do just that. Bradley Whitehead set up Zack M'Hamed who would put a shot on goal that would be stopped, but the rebound would be snapped behind Brandon Bilodeau by Joshua McCulloch. Red Deer would even the game late in the first as Declan Johnston (2nd assist Mack Differenz) had his shot squeak through Reagan and Logan Linnell would jam the puck into the back of the net. Shots favored the Vipers 20-5 in the opening frame.
Just 18 seconds into the second period Tyler Rohl would setup Robbie McLean who would sneak a shot under the arm of Bilodeau. The two teams would then exchange power play goals. First, it was Logan Linnell (assists to Mack Differenz and Brody Kalinowski) tapping his second of the night into an empty net to tie the game at two. On a five on three Taylor McNeill (assists to Nicholas Murrell and Tyler Whiteside), wristed a shot from the point over the shoulder of Bilodeau. Later in the second, the Bisons would double their lead when Bradley Whitehead finished off a nice passing play that was started by Tyler Rohl and Nicholas Murrell to give Okotoks a 4-2 lead. Red Deer outshot the Bisons 13-11 in the second and 33-16 in the hockey game.
The Vipers would push for a pair of goals in the third and got within one with a five on three power play. Dalton Angeltvedt and Brody Kalinowski set up a one timer from Mack Differenz to make it a 4-3 game. Red Deer would get a late power play, but Devin Reagan and the Bisons defense would hold on for the win.  Shots favored Red Deer 19-7 in the third and 52-23 in the hockey game. The power play's finished 2/10 for the Vipers and 2/6 for Okotoks.
Sunday was a huge come from behind victory for the Bisons as they would beat Airdrie 4-3 in overtime.
Airdrie would open the scoring after Dante Raposo shot was stopped, but Clay Murray picked up the loose puck and outwaited Devin Reagan to open the scoring. Just 46 seconds later Dallas Otto would feed Kody Briggs who would snap the puck five hole on Airdrie starting goaltender Ryan Simpson to tie the game at one. Jesse Fisher would set up Benjamin Orde to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead on a shot that would beat Reagan over the shoulder. While shorthanded Dante Raposo would steal the puck in the Bison zone and feed Clay Murray who tucked a shot between the pads of Reagan to extend the Thunder lead to 3-1. Shots favored Okotoks 15-13 in the opening frame.
Early in the second period, Robbie McLean would block a shot from teammate Bradley Whitehead (2nd assist Brennan Fuoco), McLean would then turn around and slip a shot into the back of the net. Late in the second Kody Briggs set up Kyle Dunville who would redirect the puck between the pads of Simpson to tie the game at three. Shots were even 14-14 in the second and favored the Bisons 29-27 in the hockey game.
Neither team would be able to light the lamp in the third, and the game would head to overtime tied at three. Shots favored the Thunder 12-10 in the third and were even at 39-39 after regulation. In overtime, Taylor McNeill and Josh McCulloch would spring Kyle Harrison on a breakaway, and he would fire the puck over the glove of Simpson to complete a comeback victory for the Bisons. Shots were even 1-1 in overtime and ended up tied 40-40 in the game. Airdrie finished the game 0/4 on the power play while Okotoks went 1/5.
Okotoks will continue their three game home stand next weekend when they host the Strathmore Wheatland Kings on Friday and the High River Flyers on Sunday.

 


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Bison Forward Named Player Of The Week
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